According to Elise Viebeck's article on Petropoulou, Claremont McKenna retained the high-powered, Los Angeles law firm O'Melveny & Myers to do a four-month long investigation.
I believe that you ought to have the best defense your money can buy, but why did the school retain O'Melveny & Myers?
I've already heard one conspiracy theory that we're getting the lawyer that guilty people get. (O'Melveny & Myers is defending Exxon and its involvement in the famous oil spill before the Supreme Court.)
If I were so inclined to see conspiracies, I might look at the connections between Claremont McKenna and O'Melveny & Myers.
First, the number of Claremont McKenna alums working at O'Melveny & Myers is high for a liberal arts college.
Here are just a few that I've found.
- Diana L. Walker, of O'Melveny & Myers, is listed as a board member on the Keck Graduate Institute website.
- In 1988, O'Melveny & Myers represented none other than Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts' 24.8 billion buyout of RJR Nabisco. KKR is a private equity firm founded by Claremont McKenna alums, Henry Kravis and George R. Roberts.