Stanford professor calls Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez a ‘pick me girl’ in ‘offensive’ tweet
A Stanford professor has been criticized for writing “offensive and derogatory” tweets that female lawyers representing men accused of assault as “skirts” who are “desperate to prove they are real lawyers.”
Michele Dauber, who is based in California, criticized a number of attorneys, including: Camille Vasquez, who played a key role in Johnny Depp’s recent defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
After the case in which a jury in Virginia found Ms. Heard liable for three charges of defamation against Mr. Depp, and him for one charge against her, Ms. Vasquez shot to international fame.
While much of the attention for the attorney has been positive, she also faced some negativity, including Michele Dauber’s tweets, who described the attorney as a “pick me girl” — a phrase normally used to refer to women. who crave men’s validation.
Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez, who shot to prominence after the highly publicized trial, was branded a ‘Pick Me Girl attorney’ by Ms. Dauber
Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation and was awarded more than $10 million in damages when a jury found her liable on three charges of defamation against him
Michele Dauber (pictured) is a law and sociology professor at Stanford University in California
On Twitter, Ms Dauber wrote: ‘In a society that deprives women of their real power, some women have learned to seek male approval in the hope that they will not be raped, abused or humiliated. Sucking on power may feel good to you, but it won’t work. You are next.’
Continuing the thread, she shared an image of Camille Vasquez, saying, “Of all the women who imbibe male power, female lawyers are definitely the worst of the bunch.
“In a desperate attempt to prove that they are ‘real lawyers’ and because they understand that being a woman undermines their identity as lawyers, they throw women under the bus as hard and fast as possible.”
When a Twitter user suggested that if Ms. Dauber’s son was accused of domestic violence she would like Ms. Vaquez to represent him, she replied: “If my son was accused of [domestic violence] he’d have a lot more on his mind than some Pick Me Girl lawyer.’
These tweets have been criticized by British lawyer Daniel Shensmith, who runs a YouTube channel that comments on lawsuits and describes legal terms called Black Belt Barrister.
Michele Dauber, a Stanford professor of law and sociology, referred to Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez on Twitter as a “pick me girl.”
The tweet was part of a series by Ms. Dauber in which she criticized female lawyers, calling them “skirts.”
Shensmith told FEMAIL the tweets were “disappointing” to read, adding: “It’s honestly quite shocking to read such insulting and disparaging comments aimed at female lawyers and women in general, let alone from an award-winning Stanford law professor. I had to check the Stanford directory to confirm the same.
“Ironically, I believe that such tweets and comments are likely to exacerbate the prejudices of some, rather than help eliminate them.”
He explained that in the UK, within the Bar Standards Board’s handbook, acting in a way that the public’s trust in the legal profession is likely to be considered misconduct.
While lawyers can debate with others online, he suggested that “tweets like this would almost certainly cross the threshold” when it comes to UK guidelines around comments that “will likely reduce public confidence in the profession.”
He added: “I would expect there to be similar rules for lawyers in the US and perhaps in Stanford policy. Entering the legal profession assumes and commits to a more measured approach to maintaining trust and integrity in the legal profession and the legal system as a whole.’
Regarding the Tweets about Camilla Vasquez, he said ‘I believe’ [they] are potentially defamatory and in any case totally unacceptable to legal professionals.
“Even more ironically, Ms. Vasquez just won a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit for an article that doesn’t mention the plaintiff’s name.
“In my opinion, Ms. Dauber’s tweet with a screenshot of Ms. Vasquez could also serve as the basis for a defamation charge.”
Ms. Dauber highlighted a number of female lawyers who have worked on unsavory cases, representing clients, including Harvey Weinstein, calling them “skirts”
In addition to Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Dauber also shared tweets with female lawyers she referred to as “skirts,” including those who had represented Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Andrew Cuomo, among others.
While discussing representation for clients accused of particularly egregious charges, Mr. Shensmith told FEMAIL that attorneys, and attorneys in particular, are required to represent their clients “the fearless and promoting the interests of the lay client by all proper and lawful means.” and to do so without regard to their own interests’.
He added that while some cases may seem distasteful, we also have a ‘cab-rank’ rule in the UK, ‘whereby a lawyer must handle the case without regard to his/her/their personal feelings on the matter,’ he added. if they are available. , competent, and offered a fair compensation’.
Mr Shensmith explained: ‘I know of both male and female lawyers who are actively seeking such instructions, including immigration, human rights, animal protection, domestic violence, sexual assault…possibly.
“Where this proves difficult, there are many pro bono institutions such as wearadvocate.org.uk, of whom I have also done pro bono work.”
Since posting the Tweets, Michele Dauber has revealed she has committed horrific abuse online.
She shared a Tweet posted by a fake account, with the name and profile picture of her daughter, who died by suicide in 2018.
Amber Heard, pictured here arriving to read the verdict in her case against Johnny Depp, was awarded $2 million from the jury
Mr Shensmith focused on the abuse Ms Dauber has received, describing it as “clearly unacceptable” and saying it “should elicit a response from authorities to prosecute violators”.
He added: “The fake account is extremely grotesque. Online abuse is never acceptable, nor is it personal.’
Ms. Dauber’s tweets follow the controversial six-week libel trial in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in which a jury of seven found Ms Heard liable on three charges of defamation against Mr Depp.
The jury awarded him $10 million in damages and $5 million as a punitive, which was adjusted to $350,000.00 to reflect the Virginia legal limit, for a total of $10,350,000.
The jury found Mr. Depp liable on one charge of defamation and awarded Ms. Heard $2 million in damages and nothing in punitive damages.