Ex-Akin Gump Atty Wasn't Fired For Her Race, 2nd Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (November 28, 2012, 7:34 PM EST) -- A black investment lawyer fired from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP shortly after the onset of the 2008 recession deserved to lose her job and has no plausible race bias claim, the firm told the Second Circuit on Wednesday.

Tameka Simmons, a former associate at Akin Gump's New York investment funds practice, was a weak lawyer whose firing came as the firm culled its poor performing attorneys to cope with the financial crisis, Akin Gump counsel Christine Nicolaides Kearns of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman...
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