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After an e-mail lament from summer associate Jonas L. Blank as to how he was idle on the afternoon of June 2 in the corporate department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom was accidentally copied to about 20 Skadden partners, a rueful Blank issued this e-mail apologia: I am thoroughly and utterly ashamed and embarrassed, not only by my behavior but by the implicit reflection such behavior could have on the firm. The content of the e-mail was inappropriate, showed a total lack of discretion, responsibility and judgment, and undoubtedly did my reputation and my future here no favors. It showed disregard for the firm’s policies and procedures and for the very explicit speech that all summer associates were given about personal responsibility and using good judgment at the start of their training. The appropriate parties, including hiring partner Howard Ellin and hiring director Carol Sprague, are aware of the incident and [are] working with me to deal with it appropriately. Although I cannot change what you and the other recipients saw, I do reiterate my sincerest apologies. I do and will take full responsibility for my actions in this incident, and I will do everything I possibly can to correct my mistakes and, more importantly, ensure that this and things like it will not happen again.

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