Cahill steps down in Rutgers probe due to local counsel conflict, is replaced by Skadden
Posted May 9, 2013 10:50 AM CST
By Martha Neil
Last month, Cahill Gordon & Reindel was hired by Rutgers University to conduct an independent review of the school's handling of the suspension and firing of former men's basketball coach Mike Rice.
The problem was that a New Jersey law firm, Connell Foley, which had served as local litigation counsel for Cahill had also performed an earlier investigation of Rice, the newspapers report.
“We discovered after the announcement of the engagement that the Connell Foley firm, which represented Cahill as local counsel in litigation in New Jersey, is the same firm that issued a report to Rutgers about the Coach Rice allegations,” said a Cahill spokeswoman in a Rutgers press release issued Wednesday.
Officials at Rutgers have previously said that they got bad advice from Connell Foley. There is no indication from the articles that the Connell firm's prevous work for Cahill had anything to do with the earlier Rice matter.
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