The City University of New York deleted a profile of a graduate who was the youngest member of Johnny Depp’s authorized group in his defamation trial towards Amber Heard.
Yarleyn Mena, 29, a 2015 graduate of CUNY’s Hunter College and a Brown Rudnick LLP affiliate, was initially touted for her work in serving to Depp win a $10.35 million verdict within the heated trial that captured the nation’s consideration.
The present of assist for the graduate, nonetheless, went out the door after CUNY mentioned it obtained issues from college students and school over the profile piece as they provided an apology.
‘We perceive the sturdy unfavourable feelings this text elicited and apologize for publishing the merchandise,’ the general public college system mentioned in an announcement changing the hyperlink to the story on Mena.
‘The article was not meant to convey assist for Mr. Depp, implicitly or in any other case, or to name into query any allegations that have been made by Amber Heard,’ CUNY added.
‘Domestic violence is a critical problem in our society and we remorse any ache this text might have precipitated.’
Yarleyn Mena, 29, a 2015 graduate of CUNY’s Hunter College and a Brown Rudnick LLP affiliate, was the youngest legal professional on Johnny Depp’s authorized group
Depp (proper) secured the Brown Rudnick group, which included Camille Vasquez (left), who helped the actor win a $10.35 million verdict towards ex-wife Amber Heard
Mena (third from the left) shared hugs along with her group as they secured the decision on June 1 within the broadly publicized trial. Her inclusion within the group was touted by her alma matter on August 3 earlier than CUNY deleted the story following backlash from college students and school
In the unique article, which was revealed on August 3, the headline on the CUNYverse e-newsletter learn, ‘This CUNY grad was the Youngest Lawyer to Serve on Johnny Depp’s Legal Team.’
It included an summary of Mena, the daughter of two legal professionals who got here from the Dominican Republic, who earned her regulation diploma from Fordham University.
In the article she described her position on the authorized group, led by Benjamin Chew, within the Depp v. Heard trial.
‘I labored with the group on the opening and shutting and was the grasp of the info of all of the proof,’ Mena mentioned. ‘If somebody wanted photos or textual content messages, I might look them up and help everybody as we went alongside.’
She added that the authorized group was extremely centered on the trial and have been principally unaware of the spectacle it had develop into, including that within the aftermath, it was thrilling to know that such a giant case was the primary one she acquired to look in trial.
‘I’m a 3rd 12 months affiliate and am lucky to have labored a trial so early in my profession. Most circumstances do not go to trial,’ she famous.
‘We have been centered on the case across the clock and virtually lived in a bubble all through the trial so the stress from the highlight did not have an effect on us as a lot on a day after day.
‘We are a good knit group that stored one another grounded and glued on our shopper’s wants.’
The article additionally included ideas from Mena to different college students on easy methods to stand out in regulation college functions and keep away from the pressures of faculty.
Neither CUNY nor Mena instantly responded to DailyMail.com’s request for remark.
Pictured: Mena (heart) throughout her commencement from CUNY’s Hunter College in 2015 as she’s accompanied by her mother and father, each legal professionals who immigrated from the Dominican Republic
Although CUNY claimed it obtained backlash over the article, the choice to take it down stoked its personal wave of criticism, with CUNY Brooklyn College Professor KC Johnson condemning the transfer.
‘Not a very good search for CUNY, to place it mildly,’ he tweeted.
‘One line of the establishment’s [groveling] apology might even be learn as casting doubt on the jury’s verdict within the civil case,’ he added.
‘CUNY’s message to proficient younger grads who go into the regulation appears to be – we’ll rejoice you provided that we institutionally approve of your shopper.’
Despite concluding in June, the Depp v. Heard trial continues to be a hot-button problem after the jury in Fairfax Virginia awarded Depp $10.35 million in damages.
The jury finally discovered that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed the place she referred to herself as a home abuse survivor.
The jury additionally awarded Heard $2 million in her countersuit that Depp and his consultant defamed her following her preliminary claims towards him.
Both Heard and Depp have mentioned they’re submitting an attraction over the verdicts.