take a deep breath and think before you hit "send"

The following email exchange has been confirmed as authentic. In it, a young lawyer rejects a job offer that she has previously accepted.


E-mail number 1:
Fr: Diana Abdala
To: Will Korman
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 9:23 PM
Subject: Thank you

Dear Attorney Korman,

At this time, I am writing to inform you that I will not be accepting your offer.

After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living in light of the work I would be doing for you. I have decided instead to work for myself, and reap 100% of the benefits that I sew [sic].

Thank you for the interviews.

Dianna L. Abdala, Esq.

Email number 2:
From: William A. Korman
To: 'Dianna Abdala'
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 12:15 PM
Subject: RE: Thank you

Dianna -

Given that you had two interviews, were offered and accepted the job (indeed, you had a definite start date), I am surprised that you chose an e-mail and a 9:30 PM voicemail message to convey this information to me. It smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional. Indeed, I did rely upon your acceptance by ordering stationary [sic] and business cards with your name, reformatting a computer and setting up both internal and external e-mails for you here at the office. While I do not quarrel with your reasoning, I am extremely disappointed in the way this played out. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

- Will Korman

E-mail Number 3
From: Dianna Abdala
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 4:01 PM
To: William A. Korman
Subject: Re: Thank you

A real lawyer would have put the contract into writing and not exercised any such reliance until he did so.

Again, thank you.

E-mail #4
From: William A. Korman

To: 'Dianna Abdala'
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 4:18 PM
Subject: RE: Thank you

Thank you for the refresher course on contracts. This is not a bar exam question. You need to realize that this is a very small legal community, especially the criminal defense bar. Do you really want to start pissing off more experienced lawyers at this early stage of your career?

E-mail #5
From: Dianna Abdala
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 4:29 PM
To: William A. Korman
Subject: Re: Thank you

bla bla bla


Res ipsa loquitur.

I imagine I've done things just as stupid as this in my day, but I've never been stupid enough to put them in writing. The poor thing.

1 comment:

WireWoman said...

I stand in awe of the inordinate "cents of self" displayed by both parties.
Priceless. Absolutely priceless.

The Barbies are fantastic. I MUST do some 3D art from your descriptions. Too too TOO good to pass up.

I've slept less than 10 hours in the past 3 days, so short-term memory isn't what it could be (today has been jam-packed with vintage Keanu moments...) - did you include a "Politically Correct Residual New-Age White-Light Happy-Camper" Seattle-area Barbie? You know - she's addicted to those 'do what you love/the money will follow (me)' self-help books detailing the mighty life crises of folks who quit their $100,000-plus a year jobs and moved to Idaho to wrustle wrassels, living solely on the income from their trust funds - ah, the simple life!!

There should definitely be a Cube-Clone Barbie as well, in honor of all who toil in pink-collar servitude...!!!

Fabulous blog, dear artpal. Simply faboo. And I can't wait to see a scan of your OS cards - they sound terrific.
I found this neat function in WORD today - trying to get my phrases centered in a business card layout, I played around with CELL - OPTIONS and found this "fit text" button - it does fascinating cool things with font spacing and mass, without changing the vertical point "size." Way cool.

Recital in 30 - gotta skip - have a super-creative weekend!