New York University’s School of Law is one of the most prestigious institutes in the nation, and legal recruitment firms are constantly staying in touch with alumni in hopes of luring them to work for their company.
The school’s admirable reputation is part of the reason that graduates were appalled by an email sent by a supposedly “respectable” legal recruitment firm.
According to Lawyer Herald, NYU law graduates recently received a questionable email from Katherine Loanzon, attorney search director for Parker and Lynch.
In the email, Loanzon advised graduates to sign up on Seeking Arrangements, a matchmaking website in which wealthy, older individuals can find relationships with young, attractive people.
In more basic terms, the website is dedicated to “sugar daddies” and “sugar mommas” who are looking for a “sugar baby.”
While many students initially dismissed the message as spam because of its click-bait headline, “Cost of NYU is Making It #1 on Matchmaking Site,” the email was indeed legitimate. Loanzon further stressed that NYU law degrees were expensive, and finding a “sugar daddy” would enable graduates to pay off hefty student loans.
Legal recruitment firms work tirelessly to accrue the best talent possible, and lawyers perform one of the most important jobs in society. Loanzon’s inappropriate email is being widely condemned by industry experts who believe her actions could deter budding professionals from obtaining recruitment services.
According to Next Shark, Loanzon’s email was truly as bad as it sounds, if not worse. The legal blog posted a copy of the email earlier this week.
“In 2015, 225 NYU students signed up as ‘sugar babies’. This is an ingenious way for students to pay off debt! With the rising cost of tuition, it will be fun to see what other alternative business arrangements NYU students will enter into to pay off their debt,” Loanzon wrote in the email.
It seems quite apparent that Loanzon was paid to endorse the website in an email to NYU graduates. However, the offensive nature of its message will certainly dissuade many young lawyers from associating themselves with Parker and Lynch.