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Lawyer Swaps Big Salary Plus Perks to Represent Detainees
CareerJournal.com ^ | 1/10/06 | Perri Capell

Posted on 01/11/2006 5:23:20 PM PST by NJRighty

Jobs in human-rights litigation in the U.S. aren't plentiful, and anyone seeing Tina Monshipour Foster in 2004 might have said she was a long shot to get one - or take one.

She was a fourth-year associate in the midtown Manhattan office of Clifford Chance LLP, one of the world's largest law firms, with annual pay of more than $200,000. She had a secretary, word processing staff and a car and driver at her disposal when she worked late. At night, she went home to a loft apartment overlooking the East River.

But at age 29, Ms. Foster gave it up to become one of three attorneys working at the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of prisoners at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She earns less than $70,000 annually and works out of offices in an older building in the Soho area of New York City. Studded with gum, the rug in her office is "disgusting," she says.

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Her position as counsel for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative has her coordinating more than 400 individual cases and a "John Doe" case on behalf of unnamed prisoners, most of which are being handled pro bono by law firms nationwide. The prisoners, who have been held without being charged since after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are challenging their detention.

"There are almost no human-rights litigation jobs," says Mr. Ratner. "And the important issues now are the post 9/11 detention and torture issues, so this is possibly the best job you can get in America."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: constitutionallaw; detainees; gitmo; guantanamobay; lawyers; litigation
How heartwarming... leaving her job to help protect the "constitutional rights" of terrorists.

"...this is possibly the best job you can get in America." You POS.

1 posted on 01/11/2006 5:23:23 PM PST by NJRighty
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To: NJRighty

Fortunately, useful idiots are not hard to come by.


2 posted on 01/11/2006 5:24:38 PM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: NJRighty
Stupid commie traitor.
3 posted on 01/11/2006 5:29:16 PM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: TheDon

A lot of people in NYS would be envious of that $70K she's making.


4 posted on 01/11/2006 5:30:09 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: NJRighty

It sounds to me like Tina might be looking for a tall, dark Middle Eastern man who will treat her right even though she'll have to wear a burka.


5 posted on 01/11/2006 5:31:34 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: NJRighty

Rest assured, fellow FReepers, that when I graduate from law school, I intend to go straight to a cushy office in a big-time corporate defense firm.


6 posted on 01/11/2006 5:31:36 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: sageb1
A lot of people in NYS would be envious of that $70K she's making.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of Americans who would do the job for free.

7 posted on 01/11/2006 5:34:07 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: NJRighty
IT'S DIVERSITY....dontcha know.....see the last line of this from the law firm Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt

Diversity Makes Us Better

Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt believes that the diversity of its people enriches the fabric of its culture and promotes a high level of workplace satisfaction. We are truly a better place, and most assuredly a better firm, because we welcome and engage individuals of diverse races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, veteran status, backgrounds and viewpoints. We are convinced that our advancements in diversity have enhanced workplace satisfaction for all of us. Meeting the challenge of a fully diverse workplace is far from complete, but our commitment to diversity is resolute and sustained.

We are proud of our efforts to promote diversity in our firm, in the community and in the bar:

• Former Schwabe lawyer, Ancer Haggerty: First-African American partner in a major law firm, now a highly respected U.S. Federal District Court judge.

• Schwabe lawyer, Neva Campbell: among the very first women to become a partner in an Oregon law firm. • The firm and its leadership played a pivotal role in exerting its influence and powers of persuasion to eliminate the exclusionary membership practices of two of Portland’s prominent private clubs.

• Members of the firm have played leadership roles in efforts to promote diversity in the bar. David F. Bartz, Jr., firm president, founded and has remained active in the Oregon State Bar's diversity programs and initiatives.

• The firm has established a scholarship for first-year minority law students.

• Schwabe participates in the Oregon State Bar minority summer intern program.

• The firm has a long-standing commitment to participation in local, regional and national minority job fair programs.

• The firm and its lawyers have long supported and participated in organizations and programs designed to promote the professional careers of minority lawyers (e.g., the National Hispanic Bar Association, of which one of our lawyers is a regional president, and the ABA Minority Law Conference).

• Our lawyers are active participants in client-led initiatives to promote equality and professional opportunities for women and minorities (e.g., participation in and leadership of client-sponsored women's conferences, minority conferences, minority job fairs, etc.).

• We reach out to and engage minority-owned law firms in our market.

• We have pioneered a law firm community outreach program by being the first law firm to create and sponsor a clinic to provide pro bono legal services to indigent and largely Hispanic members of our communities.

• We have sponsored and funded a scholarship through the auspices of the Portland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

• We support military reservists who are called up to serve our country and the Department of Defense has honored our firm for its efforts.

• The firm and several of our lawyers have played leading roles in the support of and as activists for gay and lesbian workplace equity, and against initiatives and institutions which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

• The firm is actively participating in a program to offer pro bono legal representation to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

8 posted on 01/11/2006 5:35:27 PM PST by goodnesswins (Here in the Seattle area.....It's time to build Arks.)
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To: NJRighty

Lynne Stewart wannabe


9 posted on 01/11/2006 5:41:16 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: appleharvey

You've got a point there. Pretty sad, isn't it?


10 posted on 01/11/2006 5:41:31 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: NJRighty

Another reason why we need - loser pays.


11 posted on 01/11/2006 5:49:33 PM PST by hubbubhubbub
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To: NJRighty

Sounds as if her career trajectory may have flat-lined - for a variety of reasons anyone as obtuse as she is not likely to last more than 3 or 4 years in any big city firm. Remember - big firms never fire an associate - particularly a female associate - they simply cease assigning any new work to the flat liner. At some point the associate, now twisting slowly in the wind, is reduced to begging partners for work and, that not forthcoming, leaves.


12 posted on 01/11/2006 5:54:06 PM PST by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: NJRighty

Believe me, she is not doing this out of the goodness of her heart. There will be something in it for her.


13 posted on 01/11/2006 5:54:48 PM PST by freekitty
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To: NJRighty

Rachel Corrie with a law degree.


14 posted on 01/11/2006 5:54:57 PM PST by jra
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To: NJRighty

Cinsidering these terrorists are not covered by convention, and we could have employed the catch,kill,release, listen for thud,(when body hits turf). Could it be that one reason for the Gitmo slammer is to see what saps will strive to go and slobber over them. Gather names, info, make note to NOT consider said sap for a Judgeship in futuredom. Hmmm Maybe


15 posted on 01/11/2006 5:56:35 PM PST by Waco
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To: NJRighty
Jobs in human-rights litigation in the U.S. aren't plentiful

WTF? Right off the bat, this is crap to say the least. Is the ACLU restricting hiring or something? How much does anyone want to bet that Tina Monshipour Foster will be coming out with a lucrative book deal that will make her "sacrifice" of giving up her high salary, secretary, word processing staff and private car and driver look like peanuts?

16 posted on 01/11/2006 6:02:23 PM PST by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: NJRighty

I've seen her type before. I'd bet she's doing this to get a law professorship.

Cute trick, and it WILL work, I've seen it done before.

3 years from now she'll be a full professor in some fancy law school.


17 posted on 01/11/2006 6:13:52 PM PST by japaneseghost (()
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To: NJRighty

Alright people, lets quite down and think this one through.

Lets assume that the person in question, although a lawyer, can think things through.

What better qualification in 10 to 15 years than being the first lawyer to defend an accused terrorist from the evil Republican machine of the right-wing hateful President G.W.Bush?

If the democrats ever get back into power this is the golden key to a major job in the new administration.
If the Republicans stay in power there is still the golden ring working for the UN or some other international non-government agency.

Plus, what liberal think tank would pass up hiring her?

From now until the last legal act (as in play) occurs at Gitmo she has free national and international publicity. This free advertisement is well beyond her current or future ability to pay for it out of her own pocket.

Besides, she will not go hungry, un-clothed, or homeless; there will always be some high powered liberal to pick up her tabs.

Who knows, she might even get an invite to spend time with… (insert you least favorite liberal’s name here)…!

All in all I think this was a very smart career move on her part. But then, isn’t that what everything is about - smart career moves?


18 posted on 01/11/2006 6:43:57 PM PST by Nip (SPECTRE - Whistling death from the darkness of night.)
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To: Nip

Her name looks middle eastern to me. And I'm not sure her salary will represent her entire income.


19 posted on 01/11/2006 7:05:09 PM PST by From many - one.
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To: Bedford Forrest

If not on a partnership trajectory after four years, you're right. However, some firms do let associates go--they call them in after a couple of years and let them know they are not on a partnership track and that they may want to look elsewhere.

vaudine


20 posted on 01/11/2006 7:32:05 PM PST by vaudine
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To: NJRighty

200'000 may sound like a lot but it don't go to far in Manhatten.


21 posted on 01/11/2006 7:55:28 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: NJRighty
"There are almost no human-rights litigation jobs," says Mr. Ratner. "And the important issues now are the post 9/11 detention and torture issues, so this is possibly the best job you can get in America."

It is nice when leftist have a hard time finding some rabble to rouse.

22 posted on 01/11/2006 11:29:04 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: goodnesswins
We are convinced that our advancements in diversity have enhanced workplace satisfaction for all of us. Meeting the challenge of a fully diverse workplace is far from complete, but our commitment to diversity is resolute and sustained.

They are still in need of a blind female dwarf and a one armed male albino. After that, it should be a smooth cruise into bliss.

23 posted on 01/11/2006 11:32:54 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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