7. Some time in early April 1988 a legal assistant named Sandra Sussman, with whom I shared office space for a few days, told me that it was her perception that prospective legal assistants were hired more for their social skills and ability to fit in the group than for their professional ability. She may have used the phrase “country club” to describe her perception of the Akin Gump legal assistant environment.
She stated that she felt she did not fit in because she was older (about 28 years old), more mature, and had a different background than the other legal assistants. Ms. Sussman had served in the armed forces, and, if I recall correctly, was stationed in the Netherlands.
Ms. Sussman voluntarily resigned from the firm a few weeks later, in April 1988.
In mid-June 1988 I met with Akin Gump’s legal assistant administrator Margarita Babb in her office in contemplation of being hired by the firm. She said to me, “The Eastern paralegals are very cliquish. They might not accept you. Is that all right with you?” I said, “That’s fine.” (I don’t come to the office for anything other than work.)
Shortly thereafter I introduced myself to firm partner David Callet who worked in the office next to mine. He said to me, “I notice that you seem to work very hard.”
It seems to me that these three anecdotes tell you a lot about my difficulties at that firm.