State Sought To Avoid Firms With UConn Ties
Under the contract, Drinker Biddle will bill at a rate of $300 per hour for an associate. That rate was not the highest or the lowest, but was "within the range of rates established by the other firms," the hiring memorandum says.
In its decision to recommend the hiring of Drinker Biddle, the committee pointed out that the firm had no past or present relationship with UConn. That is important, the memorandum says, because the firm's independence from the school will not be "reasonably" called into question.
Drinker Biddle has represented colleges in similar matters. But like those who were denied the job, the firm was tight-lipped about its reaction to being hired, as it was when asked to discuss work on behalf of its past clients.
"We can confirm we have a cadre of educational institutions we've worked with in the past, and that does include allegations of sexual misconduct," said Jennifer Morinigo, the firm's director of communications. "Our clients value our discretion in this, and we tend not to comment." •