Nothing like a nice image boost for my profession.
So this new law school grad, who was scheduled to start a $150,000/year job at mega-firm Sidley & Austin in NYC in January, goes out in Manhattan and gets drunk on the night before Halloween. According to police, on a dare he decides to burn something. And not just anything: he decides to burn a chapel. And not just any chapel: he sets fire to the chapel containing the unidentifiable remains of the 9/11 victims. The remains were unharmed, but all of the flowers, letters and photos left inside the chapel are gone. Just to top things off, Sidley & Austin had been located in the WTC on 9/11 and had lost someone in the tragedy.
I have to give the guy credit; he turned himself in right away, when he could have tried to hide. He’s facing arson charges, Sidley has rescinded his offer, and he may not get admitted to the bar at all if he winds up with a felony conviction on his record.
What a stupid waste. More misery for the 9/11 families, and a the ruin of a career, all over a drunken prank.