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‘I destroyed my life’: Former Willkie co-chair suspended for paying $75Ok to spice up daughter’s ACT rating



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Gordon Caplan, the previous co-chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, has been suspended from regulation apply for 2 years for taking part within the faculty admissions scandal.

The Appellate Division’s First Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court mentioned the suspension is retroactive to an interim suspension that started in November 2019, Law.com studies. The Feb. 18 opinion is here.

Caplan, 54, pleaded guilty in May 2019 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and trustworthy companies mail fraud. He was accused of paying $75,000 to a school admissions marketing consultant to have an examination proctor appropriate a few of his daughter’s solutions on the ACT. He was sentenced in October 2019 to a month in jail.

Caplan testified within the disciplinary listening to, saying he disgraced his household unit and regulation agency.

“This was hubris. It was arrogant,” he mentioned. “It was about me, not about my child. That took a lot of self-realization. It was deep insecurity, I think. I frankly think a lot of people in my former profession have this notion of having to prove yourself all the time. It overwhelmed me and it destroyed my life. I destroyed my life.”

Caplan had been launched in June 2018 to varsity counselor Rick Singer, who was on the middle of the school admissions scandal. Caplan’s daughter was a junior in highschool and a nationally ranked junior tennis participant on the time, the opinion mentioned.

Singer had endorsed Caplan to get his daughter examined for a studying distinction that might enable her extra time to take the ACT. After that, the daughter would take the ACT at a location what place Singer may pay the proctor to appropriate the daughter’s solutions after she turned within the check.

Caplan adopted Singer’s suggestions, however the ACT declined to attain the check on the grounds that permission for untimed testing shouldn’t have been granted. At that time, Caplan tried to strain the ACT to just accept the fraudulent rating.

Caplan’s conversations with Singer had been recorded.

Caplan has mentioned his daughter was unaware of the scheme. He cooperated within the disciplinary case and has no different disciplinary historical past.

Caplan submitted about 70 letters of assist that cited his in depth participation in professional bono actions, his assist to others in want, and his hours of non-public service to Fordham Law School and Cornell University.

A former co-chairman of Willkie testified on the listening to that there was “universal respect and affection” for Caplan. Another witness testified about Caplan’s involvement with a gaggle that helped struggling colleges. In jail, he carried out seminars for inmates on the best way to begin a enterprise after leaving jail.

After his launch, Caplan’s neighborhood service was with a gaggle that gives social and non secular companies to prisoners and their households.

See additionally:

ABAJournal.com: “Willkie Farr co-chair placed on leave after he’s charged in college cheating case”

ABAJournal.com: “Former Willkie co-chair plans to plead guilty in college cheating scandal”


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