Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Jacoba Urist, a former tax lawyer at O'Melveny & Myers (and daughter of Cardozo Tax Prof Edward Zelinsky) has obtained a publisher for her novel about life as a tax lawyer, Six Minutes in the City. The New York Post reports:
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher's high-powered law firm is set to be the subject of a racy roman à clef. Jacoba Urist, a 28-year-old lawyer who resigned from the New York office of O'Melveny & Myers two years ago, is peddling a novel, "Six Minutes in the City," said to be inspired by her eight-month tenure at the white-shoe firm. We're told that senior partner Christopher, 79, who ran the State Department during Bill Clinton's first term, is the basis for the character of Earl Lewis, a doddering Republican power player well past his prime. "He's basically half-comatose," said a publishing insider of the character. "He's very old, and no one takes him very seriously." The book also features the fictitious firm's partners buying cocaine, uppers and pot from mailroom employees and sexually harassing attractive female summer associates. Urist declined comment. An O'Melveny & Myers spokesman said: "We don't comment on works of fiction."