Saturday, May 17, 2008
The Illinois ARDC has filed charges against a member of the bar who is alleged to have omitted his dismissal from medical school for poor scholarship in his (successful) application for admission to the University of Chicago Law School. It is further alleged that he altered his law school transcript to secure a summer associate job with Sidley Austin LLP. The summer employment led to a position as an associate of the firm. Finally, he is alleged to have concealed information in his application for bar admission. (Mike Frisch)
What this person accused of is altering the official school transcript to get a better paying legal position at Austin. If that, in fact, be proven true, that is, my friend, called bad judgement and greed. He was already doing better than an average person. Many attorneys with imperfect trascripts work diligently in smaller firms or enter private practice. That is more honest and honorable.
Posted by: Alex | May 24, 2008 6:16:28 AM
I think this just goes to show you that law school grades are mostly irrelevant to career success. I'm sure Loren was a very productive associate, and probably a good person, who just happened to have a lower rank in class. The bogus idea here is that 1L grades correlate with future success as a legal practitioner; although Loren should have known "the truth will out", this does not make him any more greedy than anyone else who attends law school purely to secure a high-paying firm job.
Posted by: 9th Cir | May 25, 2008 9:39:40 AM
Law School exams do not AT ALL reflect a student's ability to perform well as an attorney. They are the product of very intelligent but lazy law professors that do not want to have to grade exams throughout the semester. Although what Loren did was wrong, I commend him for fighting the system. Maybe this will help spark a change.
Posted by: Z | May 26, 2008 5:15:50 PM
Loren Elliotte Friedman is not your average bankruptcy lawyer. He resigned from
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle after the disclosure of the complaint filed May 6 by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. He should have applied at a different law firm which would be more interested in his billings than a bar complaint such as MNAT or numerous other BigLaw bankruptcy shops.
Posted by: Dave | Jul 6, 2008 9:32:50 PM
Far worse, and more pernicious, is 'admissions incest' whereby an applicant with a family alum is sometimes like 400 percent(!) more likely to get admitted than an applicant without a family alum. This is the case at Harvard, as pointed out by Time, the WSJ, and CNN. George Bush had a pathetic 566 on his Verbal SAT(according to CNN, Jan 20, 2003) and yet got into Yale(where he had a family alum. This "admissions incest" is the means by which the USA maintains a system based on nobility, not "equal opportunity". Query whether the IL attorney who now seeks to get Friedman disbarred is the child of "admissions incest" and was admitted to a fine school.
Posted by: Patrick Fitzgerald | May 4, 2009 11:28:03 AM
How was the medical school "ommision" found out? Doesnt he know everything in our lives from birth must be used against us?
Posted by: paul | Aug 24, 2010 9:20:59 PM
9/16/2017 There is another female attorney who allegedly submitted altered college transcripts to Harvard and received a degree from Harvard. She was a licensed Illinois attorney at the time she applied to Harvard. The ARDC received a complaint about this but it can't take any action because Harvard won't provide the ARDC with her official college transcripts, citing educational privacy laws. The ARDC has had this complaint for one year but can't take any action because Harvard wants to protect its name.
Posted by: Concerned Citizen | Sep 16, 2017 3:56:42 PM
It has been quite amusing to read the ridiculous comments made by people whom do not know or even care about Loren throughout several blogs. He is a wonderful person and an extremely bright person. He has accomplished everything stated in his bio through pure perseverance. He made a mistake and has surpassed that part of his life. I am proud to call him my friend. You should all find something better to do with your time and energy than post hateful comments. May you never suffer the embarrassment of an ARDC complaint and the VIOLATION of your PRIVACY.
Posted by: | May 22, 2008 12:46:25 PM