The following article appeared in yesterday's National Post of Toronto. Could it be that someday we'll be reading a similar title and article about the WT Society? I've got my hopes up. How about you?
Sex scandal destroys law firm
Montreal careers wrecked: Court hears how lawyer's dinner with administrator ended in heavy drinking, sex attack allegations
National Post, Friday, May 09, 2003
MONTREAL - Gaëtan Legris had a reputation as one of the city's hardest-working and highest-earning lawyers and in the spring of 2000, he was at the pinnacle of his career. In a few months he was scheduled to take over as head of Pepin Létourneau, the prestigious firm he had joined fresh out of law school.
But instead of occupying a law office towering above Old Montreal, Mr. Legris, 51, has spent the past month in the courthouse two blocks away, fighting a legal battle to salvage his name and a career that disintegrated in one drunken night in May, 2000.
The trial has laid bare a scandal in which, as Quebec Superior Court Justice J. Claude Larouche observed yesterday, "everyone loses." Mr. Legris's lucrative business, specializing in insurance law, has evaporated. Guy Pepin and Alain Létourneau, two highly respected members of the Montreal legal community, have seen their firm dissolve in disgrace after 34 years of existence.
And Louise Trudeau, an administrator who worked at Pepin Létourneau for 30 years, remains tormented by the events of May 16, 2000, when she met Mr. Legris for dinner to discuss firm business. The two drank to excess, and Ms. Trudeau alleges the night ended with Mr. Legris sexually attacking her in the corridor outside the firm's Place d'Armes offices.
Rarely does the Montreal tabloid the Journal de Montréal pay great attention to the inner workings of the city's law firms, but this case was irresistible. "Money, alcohol and sex," it summarized in a front-page headline.