The American Lawyer forms a ‘Young Lawyer’ Editorial Board

Gina Passarella Cipriani

It is ironic that the legal profession is one of the worst in terms of adherence to the age discrimination in employment.

There are many lawsuits describing how law firms use creative means to get rid of older workers and law firms in past years have run ads that  blatantly targeted new attorneys for hire, while discouraging older lawyers.

Perhaps it should be no surprise the The American Lawyer, a monthly magazine published by ALM Media in New York City, has “proudly” announced it has formed a “Young Lawyer Editorial Board.” The members “range from just a year or so out of law school to some serving as young partners in their firms.” According to the magazine’s web site: “The goal of this board is to serve as a voice for the next generation of professionals in the legal profession.”

The existence of the young editorial board begs the question -is there an old editorial board that is the voice of the past generation?

Interestingly, the first monthly editorial promulgated by the Young Lawyer editorial board involves sexual harassment in the legal profession. Here’s a suggestion for next month’s editorial: age discrimination in the legal profession.

Of course, all of this could be the dying gasps of a magazine that is in itself old and irrelevant.

About a year ago, ALM laid off more than 15 of its “senior” editors, including the editors in chief of The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Legaltech News, the editorial director of ALM, the Executive Editor of the New York Law Journal, the director of Legal Intelligence, and several longtime copy editors and reporters, etc. The company was reportedly seeking to cut costs.

It’s not clear whether this activity led to any age discrimination lawsuits against ALM … or were they smart enough to buy off the high paid cast-offs?

Gina Passarella  Cipriani took over the reigns at The American Lawyer as its new editor-in-chief.  After obtaining a graduate degree in journalism in 2005, she immediately began working for  ALM’s The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania. Her entire 12-year journalism career has been spent at ALM.

The chief executive officer of ALM Media Properties, LLC, and ALM Media, LLC,  is William M. Carter, 49, a  former senior executive at LexisNexis and Reuters who holds a master of business administration degree.

Ballantine’s Erronous Conjecture as to Future Events

With facts as bad as this, what choice did Ballantine Communication, Inc.have?

It tried to explain away an allegedly bogus and discriminatory reduction in force as an “erroneous conjecture as to future events.”

But the magistrate wasn’t having it, and rejected the Durango, CO-based corporation’s motion to dismiss an age discrimination lawsuit filed by Kimberly K. Hawks, 56, a two-year veteran newsroom assistant who had received positive evaluations and merit raises while working for Ballantine’s newspaper, The Cortez Journal.

Hawks was terminated in a “reduction-in-force”  while she was at home recovering from major surgery and then pressured to sign a release of claims in exchange for two weeks of severance pay and a month of COBRA medical insurance coverage. Continue reading “Ballantine’s Erronous Conjecture as to Future Events”