Jonathan Oberman, a professor who trains public defenders at Cardozo Law School, also scoffs at Vance’s reasoning. “There are conflicting stories from a witness?” he says. “Okay — then just apply the same standard to poor and low-income people and let them derive the same benefit.”
February 22, 2018 - In a Bloomberg Law - Big Law Business article, Dean Melanie Leslie weighs in on the role big law firms are playing in investigating alleged sexual assault and harassment within large companies and organizations. The article states that law firms are being hired to conduct internal investigations, including "reviewing policy documents, interviewing accusers, the accused, supervisors, and other witnesses." Some companies are making the results of these investigations public.
According to the article, "law firms may or may not be asked to provide a formal report of their findings, and they may or may not go on to serve as defense counsel."
"It’s hard for the public to tell because you don’t see the retainer agreement,” said Melanie Leslie, dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, New York. “A lot of the scandals we’ve seen, you see them saying we’re conducting an investigation, but the role of counsel seems to have been to assess liability.”