Leonard Garment is a friend of Bob Strauss. I believe that Garment was a member of the poker group that included Bob Strauss and the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Law Offices of
DECHERT PRICE & RHOADS
1500 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-1208
January 7, 1997
Mr. Gary Freedman
3801 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008-4530
Dear Mr. Freedman:
Your letter of December 30, 1996, to Leonard Garment was referred to me for answer. I am the Managing Partner of this office.
According to our records, you applied for a position as a paralegal in November 1992 and were advised by letter that we would not be able to offer a position to you. Our record do not indicate that we received any information from your former employer in connection with that application. Mary Clarkson is no longer with out firm, so I have no information except what appears in the file. However, it is not our practice to contact an applicant's former employer or check references unless and until the applicant has been through the interview process here and is actively being considered for employment. Your application did not progress to that stage. I am therefore confident that we did not receive any information concerning the circumstances under which your former employment was terminated.
Very truly yours,
Frank J. Eisenhart
Incidentally, in the summer of 1987 I worked with an individual named Tom MacIsaac in the computer applications department of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson under supervisor, Miriam T. Chilton. Mr. MacIsaac was a law student at Catholic University and had earned his B.A. at Vasser College in Boston. Mr. MacIsaac later practiced as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. Mr. MacIsaac subsequently left the legal field and is now in computer software. Mr. MacIsaac would remember me, Daniel Cutler, Espe Rebollar, and Craig W. Dye.
December 30, 1996
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008-4530
Leonard Garment, Esq.
Dechert, Price & Rhoads
1500 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
RE: Dechert, Price & Rhoads Employment Inquiry - Homicide/Violence Risk
Dear Mr. Garment:
During the period March 1988 to October 1991 I was employed as a legal assistant at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld ("Akin Gump"). Attorney managers at Akin Gump terminated my employment effective October 29, 1991 upon determining, in consultation with a psychiatrist, that a complaint of harassment I had lodged against several co-workers was attributable to a psychiatric symptom ("ideas of reference") prominent in the psychotic disorders and typically associated with a risk of violent behavior. See Freedman v. D.C. Dept. of Human Rights, D.C. Superior Court no. MPA 95-14 (final order issued June 10, 1996). In the period immediately after my job termination senior Akin Gump managers determined that it was advisable to secure the office of my direct supervisor against a possible homicidal assault, which it was feared I might commit.
My records indicate that in late October 1992, approximately one year after my job termination by Akin Gump, I submitted an employment inquiry to Hiring Coordinator Mary Clarkson at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. I do not know what communications, if any, Mary Clarkson may have had with Akin Gump's attorney managers or supervisors at the time of this employment inquiry.
I have been under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service as a potential security risk to President William J. Clinton, and was interrogated at the Washington Field Office by Special Agent Philip C. Leadroot as recently as February 1996.
I request that you counsel Mary Clarkson to candidly disclose to federal authorities the content of any communications she may have had with any senior Akin Gump supervisors or attorney managers, including Dennis M. Race, Esq. (whom I expressly designated as a job reference in the employment inquiry to Dechert, Price & Rhoads), relating to the subject matter of my job termination by Akin Gump, including facts relating to the firm's alleged determination that I suffered from a paranoid mental state that rendered me potentially violent, or facts relating to the firm's concerns that I might have been armed and homicidal and possibly poised to carry out a homicidal assault on the firm's premises.
The enclosed computer disc contains a document I prepared that details a collection of my fantasies (certain of which relate to former President Richard M. Nixon), termed by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry the product of a psychotic mental state. Rest assured, I have provided a copy of the document to federal authorities.