Thursday, June 17, 2010

Job Application -- Cadwalader Wickersham

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is located in the same office building in downtown Washington as my former employer, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
1333 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20036

May 29, 1997

Mr. Gary Freedman
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Apartment 136
Washington, D.C.  20008-4530

Dear Mr. Freedman:

This is to acknowledge your letter of May 28, 1997.  Mr. Shulman is no longer with the firm, and I am responding to your letter on behalf of the firm.

I have spoken to Ms. Elliot regarding your employment inquiry.  At the time of your inquiry, the firm had no vacant legal assistant positions nor were any vacancies anticipated.  As a result, no action was taken other than Ms. Elliot's letter to you on August 4, 1992.  Since there was no communication between any representative of Cadwalader Wickersham and anyone at Akin Gump, I see no need to contact either the FBI or the U.S. Secret Service.

Sincerely yours,


Thomas F. Rafferty

cc: Ms. Mary Ann Elliot


May 28, 1997
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008-4530

Stephen N. Shulman, Esq.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

RE: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Employment Inquiry - Homicide/Violence Risk

Dear Mr. Shulman:

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.

Approximately ten months after my job termination by Akin Gump, I submitted an employment inquiry to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, as evidenced by the enclosed response signed by Mary Ann Elliott and dated August 4, 1992. I do not know what communications, if any, Mary Ann Elliott 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, about 15 months ago.

I request that you candidly disclose to federal authorities (David M. Bowie, FBI Supervisory Special Agent, 202 252-7801, or Philip C. Leadroot, U.S. Secret Service, 202 435-5100) the content of any communications Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft personnel may have had with any senior Akin Gump supervisors or attorney managers, including Dennis M. Race, Esq. (202 887-4028) (whom I expressly designated as a job reference in the employment inquiry to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft ), 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 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, which also may have placed Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft personnel at risk.

You may obtain a copy of the brief on appeal, filed May 12, 1997, in Freedman v. D.C. Department of Human Rights, D.C. Court of Appeals no. 96-CV-961, from D.C. Deputy Corporation Counsel Charles L. Reischel, Esq., telephone: 202 727-6252.


Gary Freedman

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