• Law Practice Management,  Legal Education

    Wine, White-Collar Crime and You.

    The ABA Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute near Atlanta on September 10 and 11, 2015  is a good event at a nice place (Chateau Elan) for white-collar practitioners. They are letting me speak at the conference, but do not let that dissuade you from attending.  The faculty list is comprehensive and the topics timely. Plus, it’s at a winery. Here are some of the topics: The Effective Use of Criminal Discovery: Tactics for the Defense and the Government Litigating Prosecutorial Conduct: The Line Between Ethics and Tactics The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Other International Bribery Crimes: When Other Nations Join the Enforcement Party Supreme Court Update and Other Notable…

  • Law Practice Management,  Lawyers,  Poetry

    “Compensation” | Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Compensation is a matter dear to lawyers’ hearts, white-collar and otherwise.  Here’s a poem (via www.poets.org) by Paul Laurence Dunbar: Compensation Because I had loved so deeply, Because I had loved so long, God in His great compassion Gave me the gift of song. Because I have loved so vainly, And sung with such faltering breath, The Master in infinite mercy Offers the boon of Death. Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1872. He wrote numerous books of poems, including Majors and Minors (1895), as well as several novels and a play. He died in 1906 in Dayton, Ohio.  “Compensation” was originally published in Dunbar’s 1905 collection Lyrics of Sunshine…

  • Ethics,  Law Practice Management

    The Super Bowl, Jamie Casino and the Rights and Wrongs of White-Collar Defense

    As a football game, the Super Bowl was dreadful, at least in terms of entertainment value.  As a cultural petri dish, its television advertisements (and the reactions to the advertisements) were invaluable.  And the most mind-blowing bacillus in the dish, by consensus, had to be the commercial by Savannah plaintiffs’ lawyer Jamie Casino.  In the midst of the spot’s pageantry, if that is the word, most seemed to have missed a significant issue that Mr. Casino, inadvertently, raises for businesses and those white-collar or compliance lawyers who help them.   First, let’s take Mr. Casino at his word: he is a plaintiffs’ personal-injury lawyer with a predeliction for over-the-top advertisements, the…

  • Law Practice Management

    The Most Arrogant Law Firm

    In general, one should strive to avoid being named the most arrogant law firm four years running: The Most Arrogant Law Firm. To be fair, though, we note that the same group of General Counsels identified the same firm as providing the best client service.