Latest Xoxohth Fallout
posted by Dave Hoffman
The WSJ’s Law Blog reports that Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has rescinded its job offer to Anthony Ciolli, the Penn 3L who was until recently the Chief Education Officer at Xoxohth. The correspondence reported by the Journal makes clear that the Firm’s decision flowed pretty directly from the Washington Post’s article about the Board.
As I’ve written before, I think the Board provides a unique view into some law students’ (and young associates’) view of the profession, which may be “frank and heterodox”, transgressive, or just plain ugly and foolish. I’ve wondered why students spend so much time on an activity that is (now clearly) likely “to lead to professional embarrassment if publicized.” Maybe, after Edwards’ action gets disseminated, they won’t.
Does the distribution of justice here seem fair? (Both respect to Ciolli and to the anonymous other commentators, who are not sanctioned)? What effect will this kind of action have on anonymous speech by law students, including anonymous blogging? I’ll leave the comments open. But I’ll be moderating them, so be civil.
[Update: There's an interesting discussion thread on this topic at XO.]
[Update 2: Also check out this very long post at Feiminste: "When it comes to internet-land, we all make choices. I’ve made a similar choice similar to Anthony’s — to co-run a website, and to do so under my full, real name. I’ve done that knowing that there will most certainly be consequences to that decision."; and this post at Overlawyered: "[I]if you ever wanted to know how damning it is in the modern legal community to be associated with a controversial website accused of misogyny, you now have an answer: it’s worse than being accused of killing someone.”