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Two E-Mailers Get Testy, and Hundreds Read Every Word

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 22:58:25 -0500

By Sacha Pfeiffer, Globe Staff | February 16, 2006

Once again, a friendly reminder: The next time you're tempted to send
a nasty, exasperated, or snippy e-mail, pause, take a deep breath, and
think again. Then consider the tale of local lawyers William A.
Korman and Dianna L. Abdala.

Korman was miffed that Abdala notified him by e-mail this month that,
after tentatively agreeing to work at his law firm, she changed her
mind. Her reason: "The pay you are offering would neither fulfill me
nor support the lifestyle I am living."

In his e-mail reply, Korman told Abdala that her decision not to have
told him in person "smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional,"
and noted that in anticipation of her arrival, he had ordered
stationery and business cards for her, reformatted a computer, and set
up an e-mail account. Nevertheless, he wrote, "I sincerely wish you
the best of luck in your future endeavors."

Her curt retort: "A real lawyer would have put the contract into
writing and not exercised any such reliance until he did so."

His: "Thank you for the refresher course on contracts. This is not a
bar exam question. You need to realize that this is a very small
legal community, especially the criminal defense bar. Do you really
want to start pissing off more experienced lawyers at this early
stage of your career?"

Abdala's final three-word response: "bla bla bla."

That's when the exchange, confirmed as authentic yesterday by Korman
and Abdala, began whipping through cyberspace, landing in e-mail
in-boxes around the city and country, and, eventually, across the

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: My question would be which of the two
decided to cc: or bcc: the entire world. That would seem to be where
the fault lies ... PAT]

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