• Costs, Budgets and Fees,  Lawyers

    And here, like Walker Percy, he interviews himself.

    No one has ever asked me the lawyer-related questions I would like to be asked.  At age fifty-three, time is passing.  So, inspired by novelist Walker Percy, who wrote an essay entitled Questions They Never Asked Me, I decided to do a self-interview. If you’re unwilling or unable to click through the link, here is the gist of it:   You have a social-media presence. Can someone hire a lawyer off the Internet? No. Hiring a lawyer is an impossible judgment to make from a blog or webpage. There are a lot of good lawyers. They may be able to help you, but you can’t tell because their websites and bios look and…

  • Cocktails

    Memorial Day Weekend Cocktails, Plus A Navy Seal’s Commencement Speech

    Best wishes for a happy Memorial Day weekend from White Collar Wire. From the New York Times, this set of interactive videos about summer cocktails is a great start to the weekend. The Thin Man movies starring Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) combine two elements of our mission (cocktails and crime fiction).  This montage from several “Thin Man” films has some of their best martini-hits.   We support gin here at White Collar Wire.  See this article about the renewal of gin in London.  And, on the subject of gin, from Liquor.com is this video on the Corpse Reviver Number 2. Tiki drinks are a hot-weather favorite.  From Saveur.com,…

  • Theology,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    Lawyer Presentations Without PowerPoint: Charles Laughton and The Fiery Furnace

    At trial in a white-collar or civil business case, lawyers sometimes complain that the material or documents they must work with are so old, so familiar or so different from everyday language and commerce that there is no way to keep the attention of judge and jury. Not so.  Just watch as Charles Laughton reads The Fiery Furnace on the Ed Sullivan Show (1960). And, delivered decades before a PowerPoint deck, laser pointer, “elmo” or any other such dreadful presentation tool was available.  (Indeed, delivered without notes, for that matter).   In case you need a transcript go-by, here it is (from Daniel 3:1-30).  Personally, for the most obscure musical…

  • Evidence,  Fourth Amendment

    Subpoenas, Search Warrants and the Dead

    The Grateful Dead were succinct about it:   “Got a tip they’re gonna kick the door in again/I’d like to get some sleep before I travel/But if you got a warrant, I guess you’re gonna come in” (from “Truckin”) (1970). Here is a piece about subpoenas and search warrants for risk managers.  Short and free. Videos included.  Also free.  No Jerry Garcia, though: On May 2, Jack Sharman spoke at the Spring Meeting of the Alabama Society for Healthcare Risk Management. As a member of the Firm’s White-Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations practice, Jack has represented physicians, physician-practices, nurses and other healthcare providers in criminal, civil and administrative investigations. Jack spoke…

  • Corporate counsel,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    “Isn’t pretty much everyone you represent a criminal? Why use tax money for that?” | An Interview With Federal Public Defender Kevin Butler

    We took a few minutes and sat down with Kevin Butler, the Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Alabama.   Before he was appointed in 2012, the district was one of only four federal judicial districts, out of 94 nationwide, that lacked some form of public defender office to represent indigent criminal defendants. If you are in the corporate world, I can hear you right now.  You’re reminding yourself that you are an honest businessperson.  If you are a lawyer — internal or external — you are reminding yourself that you do not represent defendants in the guns, drugs or child-porn sectors of the economy.  Better to go read…