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Melinda Grier no longer “Of Counsel” for Hirschfeld and Kraemer

9/8/2014 update: This SF firm does anti-union work for employers and billed UO quite a bit during Berdahl and Gottfredson’s attempts to fight the faculty union. Lately they’ve turned to the presumably lucrative business of running workshops about sexual harassment and Title IX training, taught by, of all people, former UO GC Emerita Melinda Grier. A few months ago they even added Grier to the firm, as “Of Counsel”:

But now she’s been dropped. No word yet if they are still billing UO $25K or so a month:

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6/18/2014: Melinda Grier, HLGR, Rudnick, Matthews making bank off UO legal fees

It looks like many other firms are getting some action from Randy Geller too. Here’s April and May, full dump here:

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But wait, there’s more. Those Curiale, Hirschfeld and Kraemer billings? Started during the faculty negotiations. And who’s now “of counsel” there? Yup, Geller’s General Counsel Emerita, Melinda Grier. Back in 2010, the Oregon DOJ’s investigation concluded that Ms Grier had provided UO with “deficient legal representation”, for her failure to get a written contract with Mike Bellotti and repeated stonewalling of public records requests. President Lariviere promptly fired her:

Unbelievably, President Gottfredson has brought her back. She’s topping of her $145K in PERS with almost $50K in billings in just 2 months for her firm:

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  1. Anon 06/18/2014

    Melinda Grier is back? This is insane. Does this mean we’ll never be rid of Geller either? I suppose next we’ll learn Espy is still on the payroll.

    • *sigh* 06/18/2014

      On reading your comment I had a momentary urge to down-vote it–not because I disagreed with it, but rather because it made me sad.


  2. anon 06/18/2014

    Klarquist does work for Innovation Partnership Services (patents, etc) so that may be what those billings are about.

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