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Sidley Associate Quits for a Long Walk with His Dog


A Sidley Austin bankruptcy associate in Chicago offered an unusual reason for leaving his law firm in a memo sent to his colleagues on Thursday. It involves a dog named Mabel and a long walk.

The memo said it was the associate’s last day at the firm, gave contact information, and offered this explanation: “Beginning next week, I am walking from Delaware to California with a tent and my dog, Mabel.” Above the Law published the memo and talked to the author, George Tyler Coulson.

Some interpreted the memo as sarcasm, but Coulson told Above the Law it’s no joke.

“I am really going to do this,” Coulson said. “I have always wanted to do an epic walk of some sort and now I am going to. The folks at Sidley are great, but BigLaw just isn’t right for me right now. I need to get out from behind a desk, I need to move around, I need to have an adventure, and I need to meet some people. It’s too easy to forget who you are, sometimes.”

ATL advised Coulson to keep a diary. “This is the stuff that book deals are made of,” the blog said.

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