Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kirkland & Ellis Booted From Arizona Summit's Lawsuit Against The ABA

KirklandLaw360, Kirkland Booted From For-Profit Law School's ABA Suit:

An Arizona federal judge overseeing a suit by a for-profit law school against the American Bar Association has removed from the case three Kirkland & Ellis attorneys representing the school, including former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, saying they have not complied with out-of-state attorney admission procedures.

In a text order Monday the judge noted that Arizona Summit Law School is still represented by local counsel and removed Clement, Viet D. Dinh and H. Christopher Bartolomucci from the case.

Nicole Stanton, an Arizona-based attorney for Arizona Summit, told Law360 that the Kirkland & Ellis attorneys are in the process of obtaining the certificate of good standing and other information the state requires to admit an attorney pro hac vice.

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Strange, the school hired three Harvard Law graduates from Kirkland & Ellis to represent them. The school hired a local graduate of the University of Arizona Law School. Were no Arizona Summit graduates available to defend the school? Or does the school have no faith in their graduates?

Posted by: anonlawprof | Jul 12, 2018 5:22:24 AM


I haven't kept a running tally but I don't think any fourth-tier law schools on the defense in recent years, whether an Infilaw, Cooley, TJ, or other, have hired their own grads to represent their interests.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jul 12, 2018 8:23:33 AM

In all fairness the three Kirkland lawyers named had been seasoned partners long before Arizona Summit was even founded. There is no way Arizona Summit Law alums have remotely comparable experience.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Jul 12, 2018 3:10:17 PM

Michael Volpe of Venable defended NYLS in its class action lawsuit and is a NYLS alum (1 of 5).
I think there was a Cooley alum at Venable who represented Cooley in its class action lawsuit but I don't see him on the firm website anymore.

Posted by: Steven | Jul 12, 2018 8:26:08 PM