Brian Schroeder, a 26-year-old 2009 graduate of Harvard Law School, has been reportedly charged in the arson of the Sept. 11 memorial in Manhattan. Schroeder turned himself in on November 1st. He is accused of breaking into the chapel and setting it on fire. While the remains of victims are housed in the structure, the fire did not affect those remains but did destroy mementos and other property.
Schroeder is originally from Texas and was in New York to start with a law firm. He previously clerked for Sidley & Austin but it is not clear if that was the firm that he was joining. He is a graduate of Duke, where he majored in theater. At Harvard, he was the co-president of HLS Lambda and served on a task force to assess how to limit the impact of military recruiting on the campus gay community. He was also an editor on the Harvard Latino Law Review.
He is expected to be charged with arson.
If there was a case for a motion for venue change, this would be it.