Vivia Chen

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Alan Dershowitz takes issue with former Debevoise & Plimpton partner Louis Begley's points about discrimination against Jews—or lack thereof.

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  • The5thHarp

    AD has been dining out for years about the alleged discrimination he confronted as a law student. There is strong historical evidence that certain firms in that era engaged in such bias, but other firms, most famously Paul, Weiss and Cleary Gottlieb, did not. I do not know whether AD applied to those firms, but each was certainly top-tier at the time and ecumenical in its hiring. So, Alan, look in the mirror.

  • Ronald Jay

    Gosh, Louie. I guess you didn‘t read the article. 31 of 32 law firms Dershowitz applied to didn‘t even bother to interview him. How many times do you think that‘s happened that the top graduate of Yale Law School did not get an interview at nearly 97% of the firms he or she applied to?

  • L. Brandeis

    Unrelated to his heritage or religious leanings, Al Dershowitz, love him or leave him, is and always has been a grating a-hole. And that may have been a factor in his youthful job search. So while it‘s nonsense to suggest that the era of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit was entirely without incidents of anti-Semitism, the kinder, gentler, generally far more likeable Mr. Begley is certainly entitled to characterize his experiences, notwithstanding Mr. Dershowitz‘s, as he sees fit.

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