Two years ago the President signed an order to hire 15,000 new border agents. Accenture Federal Services picked up the contract to “recruit, vet and hire” 7,500 of those officers and was promptly paid $60.7 million to do so over 5 years. To date, the company has hired 33 such officers.
This is … obvious … and … awful. Shouldn’t we want to know what law firms and lawyers are really like? No gloss. I think oughta be a law that doesn’t allow those in the legal profession to use these types of services.
Not really. But not not really.
The truth is more complicated
The push against arbitration clauses has been gathering steam over the past few years. It has now found momentum with law firms. (Paywall, but you can see enough to get the point.)
I understand the push back against arbitration clauses because many arbitral bodies are thought to be unfair (not great data on this – and there are some very good ones) and many people think it allows companies to hide their dirty laundry (which does happen).
I only wish the law students took a more nuanced position. Mandatory arbitration clauses can be a godsend to those who are afraid of facing public scrutiny about what happened – it is not always fun to face both the perpetrator and the public when bringing a case. The public (or a vocal part thereof) does not always treat the victim with much kindness or understanding.
Also, taking this out of the sexual assault/harassment realm. Bringing a public lawsuit may have consequences on who will hire you in the future. Even if the claim is completely legitimate. That’s the world we live in.
A more nuanced approach would leave it open to the victim/aggrieved party to decide whether they want to file a public lawsuit or private arbitration.
Perhaps the law firm agreements do this. But this is not what the law students are pushing for.