There is some good news: the chair of this committee, Steven C. Krane of New York – “an expert on legal ethics” – recently died of a heart attack, at age 53. You talk about poetic justice! After all, he financially killed THOUSANDS of American JDs, who otherwise could have paid their bills and student loans with doc review gigs.
“Steven C. Krane, the general counsel of Proskauer Rose and a former state bar president who was instrumental in a wide-ranging reformulation of the state's attorney ethics rules, died of a heart attack Tuesday. He was 53.
Apparently, Steven allowed his arteries to become clogged. (I suppose all the time he spent on screwing working-class lawyers and their families, and covering up for high-dollar, corporate criminals did not permit this man to exercise. Hence, his health declined to the point where he died of a heart attack, at age 53.) I am sure his “business lunch” cost more than many of us slap down for two weeks’ worth of groceries.
For an interesting read on the workings of Krane and Co. at Proskauer Rose LLP, check out the link above. If the allegations are true, then this is a stinging indictment against this man, his firm, and the New York judicial system.
And how can we complete this entry, without providing the link to ABA “president” Carolyn Lamm’s truly EMBARRASSING hagiography of Krane? [Disclaimer: Do not read this garbage if you have recently eaten anything – especially a business lunch.]
“The legal profession has lost one of its shining stars.
Steven C. Krane, general counsel for Proskauer Rose, was a brilliant lawyer, wonderful leader and good friend to so many in the American Bar Association.
Steven also was one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of ethics and professional responsibility and was a model in those areas in his daily life. I was honored to have him serve on my Commission on Ethics 20/20, designed to look at the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in the context of advances in technology and global legal practice developments.”
Hopefully, you are not eating right now. The New York State Bar Association renamed a fund, to honor this man, i.e. “NEWLY RENAMED STEVEN C. KRANE FUND TO ASSIST YOUNG LAWYERS WORKING IN PUBLIC SERVICE WITH PAYING STUDENT LOANS.” Did this influential lawyer EVER advocate for lower tuition?! Did he ever push to make student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy?!?!
Apparently, Krane “held significant concern” about the plight of recent, debt-soaked law grads working in public service positions - all while helping his corporate firm earn $643 million in revenues for 2009. (And thoughts/concerns speak louder than actions, right?!?!) What a Renaissance man!
Krane served on several ABA and New York State commissions, including an appointment by that shining beacon of integrity, David A. Paterson, to the “New York State Commission on Public Integrity” – whatever the hell that is.
In the final, brutal analysis, anyone who crushes the livelihoods for THOUSANDS of professionals - with a few keystrokes - is NOT deserving of one ounce of respect or one iota of sympathy. This guy made a lot of money by squashing little people, and protecting white collar scum.
Do not shed a single tear for this man. He devoted his "professional" career to serving the intere$t$ of Biglaw. It doesn't matter that Krane has been dead for less than 2 months. His efforts helped crush the livelihoods of many recent American JDs - all for the benefit of Biglaw.