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Just eight months ago, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Philip Culhane was hoping there was some way he could resolve a deeply troubling and traumatic matter without going to court. Yes, the legendary football coach at his Brooklyn preparatory school had sexually abused Culhane when he was in 5th grade, and, yes, the abuse had plunged Culhane into a nearly 20-year battle with severe depression. But Poly Prep Country Day was his alma mater, a “good institution” that prepared Culhane for college and beyond, ultimately for a career in law. “Will you meet with me?” Culhane wrote to David Harman, Poly Prep’s current headmaster, in a letter dated Aug. 31 of last year. “Let’s see if together we can’t find a way out of this situation.”

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