I know I said I wasn’t going to do any more stories on Sarah Braasch, and this really isn’t one. I wrote a post recently about Sarah getting representation to repair her reputation as she was so egregiously, in my opinion, misrepresented not only by her school, Yale, but by the major media as well as some other organizations, like the ACLU. We all know about her story by now, ad if you don’t believe her, that’s fine. Everyone has a right to their opinion even though those same people may have not spent the time researching the issue as I have.
All good. The purpose of my last post was to inform everyone that I know a small law firm that’s willing to take her case. Of course law firms, like any other business today, cannot just take a client pro bono, in hope that in the end, for all the time and effort placed into the case, they will be paid. As a business first, they need to have something up front to begin what may be litigation. It may turn out that Sarah doesn’t have a case. But who would spend dozens of hours determining that, for free. Few, if any today.
I recall a long while ago, myself and three other people i worked with were summarily terminated from our employment, even though we had multiple letters and memos from the same company that explicitly informed us that we could do what we were doing outside of work We were teaching networking principles. We went to one of the best law firms, small, but one of the best in the country. We were told that they loved our case, and even thought we’d win, eventually, or the company would settle, but they would need something upfront to take the case. Yes, they took pro bono cases, but they were already at their limit when we had out initial interview. What did they want? $10,000 just to begin the case.
Ouch! Between the four of us we could have done that but thought if our case was that good, why wouldn’t they just take the case on consideration? Long story somewhat shortened: we ended up not suing. We should have, but thought we were being taken for a ride.
Today, from what I understand, there are few law firms that will take a civil case, even like the one I just described, without some level of upfront payment. Why? The person suing has to commit something. If the plaintiff is willing to pay at least whatever they can afford upfront, that usually informs the law firm that yes, there may be something here and that later on, they will recover for expenses, plus.
It sounds really skeevy, but that’s the way it works. In this specific case, Sarah needs a minimum of $5,000 before the firm I mentioned will even examine whether or not she has a legitimate case. I don’t know how much longer that offer will exist so I’m asking all that are able to donate what they are able to Sarah’s GoFundMe. Five dollars, in this case, won’t be a waste of money anymore than that special frappe ordered on the way to work every morning.
Is five dollars too much to see if justice may be done?
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Good job. I will share the post. I wish it would get tested simply because I think it would be a good test case–win or lose. In some ways, it seems impossible to think of going up against such powerful entities, but it does seem there should be consequences. I always felt it started with Yale’s all too quick response and conclusion that it was racism and since that time I have seen other institutions act much more responsibly and with caution. I think in the end, the administration was too embarrassed to admit what they did was a knee-jerk response, so they have stuck with the storyline. It’s rather hard to believe this will not cause lasting harm and cut into future earnings. On the other hand, dragging this out may not be the best thing for Sarah’s mental health, and many think she should just forget it and move on. It’s a tough deal and should make everyone think twice about social media mobbing and “cancel culture.”