• Film,  jazz,  Music

    Music for White-Collar Crime

    I have never created the soundtrack for a film, nor do I have the competence to do so.   I imagine, though, that it is very difficult to get right.  Assembling a “soundtrack” for a cultural and legal lagoon like white-collar crime is not easy, either, and subject to much subjectivity. Nevertheless, here below is my Spotify effort.  The list includes Bach, The Last Mr. Bigg,  Miles Davis, Lana Del Ray, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Mozart, The Steve Miller Band and Warren Zevon. Please follow the  “White Collar Wire” playlist on Spotify.  I plan to refresh it every other Sunday.    

  • Books,  Literature

    13 Books Every White-Collar Lawyer Should Read

    Of the making of lists of books, there shall be no end. Nevertheless, herewith is one more. Set out below are 13 works that every white-collar lawyer – defense counsel, prosecutor or judge – should read. Why take on such a presumptuous project? Three good reasons. First, lists start conversations. Although law is (or was) a “learned profession,” relatively few lawyers in my experience have read broadly or deeply since college.  The press of work does not allow otherwise.  Our professional learning is utilitarian, narrow, cramped and quickly (or gratefully) forgotten. Second, the proponent of such a list (that is, me) must review, reconsider or even reread works first encountered…

  • Cocktails

    Needful of a Negroni Cocktail?

    I have been drinking Negroni cocktails recently.  The Negroni presents three virtues: it contains gin, it is bitter and it is simple to make (equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth).  Its simplicity makes it superior for quiet mixing at home or when one is faced with modestly-adept bartenders, as noted by Kevin Sintumuang in the Wall Street Journal: “That’s it?” Yep. Boozy, bitter, bold and built right in the glass, the Negroni has become a steadfast sidekick for me when I need a proper cocktail at a not-so-proper bar, from dive to airport. And when I’m mixing at home, there’s no other drink that produces so much satisfaction with…