January 31, 1995
3801 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington Field Office
1900 Half Street, SW
Washington, DC 20324-1600
RE: Freedman v. Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
The enclosed materials are forwarded for your general information.
1. Letter of reference prepared by a former employer, Thomas W. Jennings, Esq., in late 1981.
2. Letter of reference by a former law professor, Seymour J. Rubin, dated July 15, 1985. Professor Rubin has been one of the country’s leading figures in the field of international trade law; earlier in his career Seymour Rubin formed a law partnership with James Landis, who later served as dean of Harvard Law School.
International trade is a major practice area of my former employer, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Indeed, founding partner Robert S. Strauss served as U.S. Trade Representative in the administration of President Jimmy Carter. One of Akin Gump’s international trade partners, Patrick F. J. MacCrory was one of my instructors at American University.
3. Letter dated February 14, 1985 to me from Akin Gump’s then Hiring Committee Chairman, Warren E. Connelly, acknowledging that I possess the minimum credentials for consideration for an associate position with Akin Gump.
During my tenure at Akin Gump an agency-supplied temporary employee, Jan Fraser-Smith, was promoted to law clerk; a legal assistant, Brian Burns, was promoted to associate; a legal assistant, Lilliam Machado, who had resigned her position to attend law school, was later hired as associate upon attaining her law degree; and I believe that another legal assistant, Sanford Ring, who had resigned his position to attend law school, was later hired as associate upon attaining his law degree.
On October 29, 1991 Mr. Connelly’s successor as Hiring Committee chairman, Dennis M,. Race, terminated my employment days after I had requested a promotion to the position for which I had originally been hired, namely, legal assistant, and complained that I was a victim of harassment. Dennis Race and managing partner Laurence J. Hoffman subsequently had the Government of the District of Columbia (Department of Human Rights) certify me insane and potentially violent on the basis of evidence they had apparently fabricated, and failed to disavow statements of a senior supervisor that I might be armed and homicidal.
Oddly, Akin Gump’s Response to my discrimination complaint filed with the D.C. Department of Human Rights omits any mention of the fact that I had requested of Dennis Race and Malcolm Lassman, another of Akin Gump’s attorney managers, that I be promoted to legal assistant (although Akin Gump does admit, by virtue of a memorandum appended as an attachment to its Response, that I had in fact requested promotion. See Akin Gump’s Response at Attachment E--Confidential Memo from Earl Segal to File, dated October 23, 1991). Akin Gump’s omission of a material fact--namely, that I was terminated, notwithstanding an exemplary employment history, just days after I requested promotion--has the earmarks of an attempt to knowingly conceal the discriminatory refusal to promote.
I had brought all these issues to the attention of the D.C. Department of Human Rights; the agency found no evidence of discrimination, but instead found that I was insane.