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White & Case chief invokes Buddhist monk wisdom in wake of Trump election victory

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The chairman of global giant White & Case has taken inspiration from a famous Buddhist monk to bring an air of serenity to the firm as Donald Trump prepares to become the next president of the United States.

In an email sent to all staff, the firm’s head honcho, Hugh Verrier, called upon the wisdom and guidance of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (pictured top). Quoting the peace activist, Verrier said:

The basic thing we can do to help the world is to be healthy, solid, loving, and gentle to ourselves.

Elsewhere in the email, Verrier — who is based at the firm’s New York office, just a stone’s throw from Trump Tower — urged lawyers to “come together” and move “past a long and bitterly fought campaign”. Continuing, he said:

I know the rhetoric of the campaign was divisive and alarming to many of you, and not just in the United States. With that in mind, I want to reiterate our commitment to globalism, multiculturalism and diversity.

Verrier isn’t the first law firm chief to speak out post-election. Penning an article for The Lawyer, Dentons‘ global chairman, Joe Andrew, described Trump’s “unexpected victory” as the “defining conflict of our era”. Stressing “the tension between globalisation and cultural identity”, he continued:

Lawyers are the tradesmen and women of globalization, and our job is to advise clients on how to navigate the rising and falling walls in conducting global business today.

Elsewhere, Charles Martin — who is a senior partner at City firm Macfarlanes — revealed that Trump’s victory could create a “chilling effect on world trade” and pose a “bigger road bump than Brexit.”

Meanwhile, “sexual harassment and assaults at law firms have been amplified” following Trump’s win, according US legal website Above The Law.

Writing on the site, an anonymous female paralegal of “Hispanic descent” reveals that “highly sexual comments” — similar to those made by Trump in the past — which “were once whispered” around her major law firm office, are now spoken in “full voice.” She adds:

Yesterday, an associate took his opportunity as I bent over to retrieve a binder, his hand cupping my rear, his fingers dipping lower in an attempt to touch my most intimate areas. Sensing one of my colleagues approaching, he pulled away, grunting, ‘Next time, I’ll grab you by the pussy, beaner.’

Describing the situation as “absolutely horrifying”, Above the Law is urging victims to report such incidents to their human resource department immediately.

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Anonymous

Imagine if Hugh Verrier turned the human and capital resources of his law firm into achieving this goal
“The basic thing we can do to help the world is to be healthy, solid, loving, and gentle to ourselves.”

Rather than this one:

Lawyers are the tradesmen and women of globalization, and our job is to advise clients on how to navigate the rising and falling walls in conducting global business today.

This would be an act of great repentence, and in achieving it, he would be able to stand somewhere on the podium with Guatama Buddha.

There has to be a slim possibility this may happen, if Hugh is actually reading Buddhist sayings, and they are slimly influencing his narrative. Amen 🙂

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Anonymous

…Beaner?

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Anonymous

It’s a derogatory term for Mexicans.

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Anonymous

I follow the one true God: Bill Cosby. Blessed be his name, for he is in all of us.

Literally.

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Bumblebee

What the hell, Legal Cheek? How many training contracts does W&C ‘dish out’ annually? And what do their ‘rookie’ lawyers ‘pocket’?

What use is this article to me? This is NOT what I have come to expect from you…

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Anonymous

And where on God’s earth did Hugh Verrier graduate from!?

Very shoddy.

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Not Amused

“Lawyers are the tradesmen and women of globalization, and our job is to advise clients on how to navigate the rising and falling walls in conducting global business today.”

If a pupil gave this answer to the question “what is a lawyer” then I would reject them.

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Anonymous

Please enlighten us, o wise one. What is a lawyer?

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Anonymous

I actually think think this is a good article.
Interesting to see the diverse public reaction from the hierarchy – corporate law boards, paralegals etc. Peace and reflection as against the globalisation agenda (regardless of whether you think its a good thing or not).

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