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Steven Pfeiffer, the D.C.-based chairman of the executive committee of Fulbright & Jaworski, traveled to Duke University School of Law last week to apologize for a racist word used recently by a partner telling a story during a “training interview” held at the law school. On Feb. 22, Pfeiffer told about 100 students at the Durham, N.C., school that the partner, while recounting Leon Jaworski’s defense of a black man during a murder trial in the 1920s, used the “n-word” when vividly recounting the prosecutor’s remarks about Jaworski’s client during that trial. The interviewee who heard the story reported the partner’s use of the word to the law school, and the school’s career-services office asked the firm about the incident. Neither the Fulbright partner nor the law student who reported it were identified. “There is no excuse for what happened on this campus,” Pfeiffer told the students. “There is no context for which that is permissible conduct.” Pfeiffer and four other partners in the firm met with the students at the meeting arranged by the law school.
Brenda Sapino Jeffreys and Cristina Smith are reporters for Texas Lawyer, a sister ALM publication where a version of this article first appeared.

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