The Board: "Mr. Gardner, we're willing to hear calls for leniency, thanks to Batman."
The Board: "We heard your firm is all about stepping up their pro bono efforts at the same time most firms are downsizing that stuff to save money, which impresses us. And apparently, according to Batman, this was all your idea?"
The Board: "Because we are willing to end this right now with a six month suspension."
Will: "I'm not sure about..."
The Board: "No cases, no clients, no entering a courtroom except as a private citizen. Should you decline, we'll proceed to a disbarment hearing, which is irrevocable."
Will: "Uh, I will just shut up, okay?"
The Board: "Let us know tomorrow."
Groff wants to drop the suit, not because Sara's alive necessarily but because he doesn't want her endangered further. The other family members in the class try to talk sense to him, but he has flipped over to seeing it as it is, which -- at least for him -- is a play for damages and nothing more. It's a compelling point. Here's a better one: "If we walk away, this company goes about its business, and who's to say there's not another Amy or Sara in the future?"
Wrangling a class action seems like it always goes there, reminding people that it's not just about their personal stake -- both for good or ill -- but then, it makes sense that it would always go there. I'd imagine defending against a class action goes that way more often than not, right? Anyway, meantime they've got Kalinda trying to get more info on Sarah, and the class stays put because there's still two other families involved.
LOCKHART & GARDNER
Will: "So you Batmanned the Board, I take it. They offered six months suspension."
Diane: "Damn, that's all I got out of those bastards? I should have come at Rory's grandpa even harder."
Will: "They need a decision tomorrow."
Diane: "Fight it, Will. Six months away from the law will kill you."
...Huh. Not what I expected her to say. I guess she thinks he can beat it because it's such a bullshit investigation, and they were willing to come down so fast, but six months just doesn't seem like that long to me. Is she telling us something about Will, there? Like he might slip into a vice or something? He's got the rage stuff going, and we know he's got addictive tendencies, but "six months time off will kill you" seems pretty character-defining. Right? Is there some other implication I'm not catching?