Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Umm...yeah, I'm going to need to you to come in on Saturday alright?

The close relationship between plaintiffs' lawyers and labor unions (specifically their pension funds) is well documented, and often criticized.

A press release issued today by the law firm of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP piqued my interest, with a unique example of that relationship.

The firm announced that it was one of the prime sponsors of the Fifth Annual "DC Labor Film Festival," produced by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO. The festival "was established as a part of a project to use the arts to highlight the plight of workers and their efforts to secure better conditions of employment."

While the festival features a number of independent films with serious themes, it also features one of my favorite comedies - Office Space, the 1999 cubicle comedy directed by Mike Judge.

For fellow devotees, this fan site has a number of memorable sound clips from the film.

Wolf Haldenstein opened its Washington, DC office on July 1st of this year, with the addition of Reuben Guttman, formerly of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman, LLP. The Washington Business Journal has a story on the office opening here and the WSJ Blog has a post here.

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