Case Incident - Dianna Abdala

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Case Incident

Dianna Abdala

TO ILLUSTRATE HOW PRECIOUS E-MAIL IS, CONSIDER THE CASE OF DIANNA ABDALA. IN 2005, ABDALA WAS A RECENT GRADUATE OF SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY’S LAW SCHOOL, AND SHE PASSED THE BAR EXAM. SHE THEN INTERVIEWED WITH AND WAS OFFERED A JOB AT A LAW FIRM STARTED BY WILLIAM KORMAN, A FORMER STATE PROSECUTOR.

The following is a summary of their e-mail communications:

Original Message
From: Dianna Abdala
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 9:23 p.m.
To: William A. Korman
Subject: Thank you

Dear Attorney Korman,

At this time, I am writing to inform you that I will not be accepting your offer. After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living in light of the work I would be doing for you. I have decided instead to work for myself, and reap 100% of the benefits that I sew [sic].

Thank you for the interviews.

Dianna L. Abdala, Esq.

Original Message-----
From: William A. Korman
To: Dianna Abdala
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 12:15 p.m.
Subject: RE: Thank you

Dianna

Given that you had two interviews, were offered and accepted the job (indeed, you had a definite start date), I am surprised that you chose an e-mail and a 9:30 p.m. voicemail message to convey this information to me. It smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional. Indeed, I did rely upon your acceptance by ordering stationary and business cards with your name, reformatting a computer and setting up both internal and external e-mails for you here at the office. While I do not quarrel with your reasoning, I am extremely disappointed in the way this played out. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Will Korman

----Original Message-----
From: Dianna Abdala
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 4:01 p.m.
To: William A. Korman
Subject: Re: Thank you

A real lawyer would have put the contract into writing and not...
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