Vice President Mike Pence, right, joins Cresent Hardy, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, during a campaign event at the Sands Showroom in The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphotoVice President Mike Pence speaks in support of Cresent Hardy, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, during a campaign event at the Sands Showroom in The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphotoVice President Mike Pence, right, joins Cresent Hardy, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, during a campaign event at the Sands Showroom in The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphotoCresent Hardy, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District, speaks during a campaign event at the Sands Showroom in The Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. … [Read more...] about Pence speaks out on Pittsburgh shooting during Las Vegas, Reno stops
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Noted women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom may have revealed confidential information in violation of the attorney-client privilege as it related to former client Kathy Griffin in a Twitter post yesterday afternoon.At 3:42 pm, Bloom tweeted out the following message:The above missive is another bizarre twist in an increasing war of words between Griffin and Bloom. Griffin previously called Bloom out for essentially over-charging her for apparently less-than-stellar legal services. Bloom had been representing Griffin as she embarked upon a sort of public apology tour after a controversial photo shoot where she stood with the bloodied mock head of President Donald Trump.But did Bloom’s response to being called out by a former client perhaps violate professional ethical rules? Maybe so.The State Bar of California’s understanding of attorney-client privilege is encapsulated in Rule 3-100 Confidential Information of a Client (A), which reads: (A) A member shall not … [Read more...] about Sure Looks Like Lisa Bloom Broke Attorney-Client Privilege to Trash Kathy Griffin
[2017 update] It’s like asking which is more successful, Nike, the classic marketing company, or IBM, the definitive Sales organization. Obviously, the answer is “both.” They’re terrific companies, they just have different strategies.Law firms obviously need both Marketing and Sales.When times were good, firms overspent on bad marketing and succeeded in spite of their poor decisions. Now there’s no fat in the budget so they have to spend smarter and more strategically. They have to ensure Marketing is aligned with the rainmakers (our Sales force), so their individual efforts are more successful (more below). What I like about Marketing is that if you do it right, you can, in one fell swoop, improve the effectiveness of nearly every rainmaker’s efforts, firm-wide.You can shift the entire Rainmaking Bell Curve slightly to the right, which totals a lot of additional business. So, when the fee-earners do the things they have always done (i.e. building … [Read more...] about When Marketing and Sales Aren’t Aligned: Our Biggest Marketing Flop
Has Kenneth Feinberg become such a brand unto himself—at once unique and ubiquitous as the nation’s problem solver—that a truck running over him would end forever the Feinberg Way for mass-dispute resolution? Is he sui generis? Answers vary. Feinberg’s own suffices for the moment. He seems surprised when asked, which is saying a lot given how much press he gets. Feinberg stops fidgeting for brief seconds, suddenly still in a beige leather lounge chair at one end of his long, narrow office in the Willard Office Building, barely more than a block from the White House. A broad smile quickly curls up. “That’s an interesting question,” he says. “No one seems to be doing what I’m doing.”That answer is perhaps more loaded than he intends. The role was created half for him, half by him. Feinberg has become the go-to guy for our national disasters and vexing problems, from Agent Orange to the Dalkon Shield, from the 9/11 fund to the … [Read more...] about Master of Disasters: Is Ken Feinberg Changing the Course of Mass Tort Resolution?
The year was 1949. Bobby Lee Cook was handling one of his first-ever murder trials, defending a man who had killed another man who had called him a “goddamn son of a bitch.”During opening statements, the prosecutor told the Dade County, Ga., jurors that while calling someone this was a bad thing, it didn’t give the defendant the right to kill the man.Slowly, Cook rose from his chair at the defense table to approach the jury. “I have a question for you,” he asked the dozen in the box. “What would you have done if someone had called you a goddamn son of a bitch?”At that moment, an older mountain man with a long beard sitting at the back of the jury box whispered just loud enough for the other jurors to hear: “Why, I would have killed the son of a bitch.”“I had an entire opening statement planned,” Cook says. “But I just looked at the man, looked at the jurors, nodded, walked back to my chair and sat down.”The … [Read more...] about Bobby Lee Cook