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Lawyer Loses Job After Survivng Hudson River Crash

In a one-in-a-million event, Scudere and his fellow passengers survived the plane’s river ditching on Jan. 15, and he walked away with nothing worse than wet clothes. But he could not escape an everyday event that has claimed millions of other victims: He lost his job and found himself questioning his self worth.

Now he’s a 48-year-old unemployed attorney. Like the Biblical Job, who lost and gained everything, Scudere searches for an elusive meaning in suffering and redemption. He’s grateful, a bit angry and reflective. “I don’t feel sorry for myself,” he said. “It just shows the randomness of life, and the inevitability of loss. You can lose, and yet you can still be preserved. I lost my job, and yet I have my life.”

Frank Scudere, seen with his wife, Johannah, wasn’t injured in the flight that went into the Hudson River but was then laid off from the giant law firm Skadden, Arps. “I feel displaced. Who am I? My identity as an attorney — that’s gone.”

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