Ralph Nader hasn’t been able to get relief through the courts so now his attorney is turning to one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, warning its students about Reed Smith, the corporate law firm in Philadelphia that was involved in Pennsylvania’s “Bonusgate” scandal several years ago.
The attorney, Oliver Hall, wrote an opinion piece published Monday in the Harvard Law School record, an independent campus newspaper.
In it, he questions why Harvard allows Reed Smith to participate in its on-campus job interview program for law students despite the Philadelphia firm’s role in the Bonusgate scandal. He says that he is certain Reed Smith violated the laws of professional conduct and “played an indispensable part in a criminal conspiracy that led to the felony conviction or guilty pleas of 11 defendants.”
Reed Smith's role in the scandal was helping House Democratic staffers challenge signatures on Mr. Nader’s nominating petitions in an effort to get him tossed from the presidential ballot in 2004. A Commonwealth Court jury later found that many of those staffers had been on state payroll while they were working on petition challenges, violating a law prohibiting campaign work on state time.