Will Willkie allow him to resit? (Probably not, no.)
Gordon Caplan, Willkie Farr & Gallagher's former co-chairman, has avoided being disbarred after an appeals court was moved by his testimony that he destroyed his life.
Caplan, who was also a member of the firm's Executive Committee and a partner in its Private Equity practice Group, spent a month in prison in 2019 after he admitted paying a consultant, William Singer, $75,000 to bribe a bent exam invigilator to correct his daughter's college entrance exam paper.
The partner, who was drawing at least $3 million a year at Willkie Farr, was placed on leave and then dumped by the firm when he signalled he would plead guilty.
“Mr. Caplan’s departure is a result of his involvement in the college admissions matter and his recent statement regarding his intent to plead to a criminal charge,” said a spokesperson for Willkie, who added that, “At Willkie, nothing is more important to us than our integrity and we do not tolerate behavior that runs contrary to our core values".
It tolerates crimes like this ad for its German office, though.
The five judges who sat on Caplan's appeal against his expulsion from the New York bar concluded that Caplan had been focused “not on the immorality and illegality of his actions but on not getting caught, and he continued with the scheme despite numerous opportunities to walk away”.
Nonetheless, they were sufficiently moved by his testimony that they opted to suspend him for two years, backdated to 2019, rather than disbar him. Caplan had told them he was brought low by his hubris, and that “I destroyed my life". The judges said that after he was caught (how about that), he had displayed “palpable” shame, plus he described his time in prison as “horrific”.
RollOnFriday asked Willkie if, once Caplan had done his time in November, it might take him back on, but it did not respond.