A rising third-year Stanford University law student and soon-to-be associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz was found dead in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 19.
Leon Cain, 27, had just accepted an offer to join the New York firm upon graduation from the California law school, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, & Finance.
“[Cain] was a very successful member of our summer class and we were looking forward to having him join the firm as a full-time associate next year,” the firm said in a statement. “We mourn his passing.”
At 8:55 a.m. Aug. 19, emergency medical personnel were called after a concierge at the luxury apartment complex, the Woodward Building, was alerted to an unconscious person on the building’s second-floor terrace, according to a report by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington. Cain was found unresponsive and subsequently declared dead at the scene.
Cain was later transferred to the medical examiner’s office. The details and cause of his death have not yet been released, but police confirmed that a detective has been assigned to investigate his death.
Born in Berlin, Cain enrolled at Stanford University Law School in 2016 where he served on the board of Stanford’s Black Law Student Association. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013, according to his LinkedIn page.
In the summer of 2016, Cain joined O’Melveny & Myers as a part of the SEO Law Fellowship Program, which provides incoming diverse law students the opportunity to work in Big Law before they begin law school.
In 2017, he took a position as a summer associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. But this summer, he joined Wachtell as a summer associate in New York and planned to work there after graduation.
Following Cain’s death, his family created a GoFundMe page and announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in his honor for aspiring black law students.
A memorial service for Leon is set to be held at Stanford Law School on Oct. 14.