Is James Naughtie the most long-winded interviewer in broadcasting history?

Max Atkinson

At one point during one of this morning's interviews on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, I began wondering whether James Naughtie would ever get to the end of the question he was asking.

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Democratic angst, including for the state attorney general

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Democrats no longer hold the strongest hand, not even when it comes to that supposedly sure thing of a state attorney general running for higher office. What a difference two retirements make.    Those, reports Abby Goodnough in THE NEW YORK TIMES, have changed the influence and power game.  In Massachusetts, Goodnough tells us , state AG Martha Coakley had been headed for an easy victory for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat. 

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BP Crisis Communication – Lines Litigators Like

Matt Eventoff

And we are going to do that.&# – BP America CEO Lamar McKay May 11, 2010. BP, after a late start getting out of the “damage control gate&# , developed a fairly effective central message: “We are a responsible party. Our obligation is to deal with the spill, clean it up and make sure the impacts of that spill are compensated. However, a number of comments that followed were decidedly off-message.

TPS: Yes, the government is really here to help you, explains Alan Lubiner, immigration attorney

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Temporary Protected Status [TPS] is a humanitarian initiative launched by the American government back in 1990.    Today it's being hailed worldwide as a model for transforming adversity into an economic advantage.    In a nutshell, according to the provisions of TPS, those in America from nations [e.g. Haiti] hit by natural disasters, war, or other unusual conditions can not only remain here temporarily but also be eligible for work. 

Inside Beltway Communicators - We may be doing better than the attorneys

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Most of us writers who cover inside-the-beltway topics aren't going to become wealthy.    Well, it looks like many of the lawyers won't either, at least for the near term. In THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, Jeff Jeffrey reports that for the first time in 11 years, Washington D.C. large law firms have suffered a decline in gross revenues and no one is predicting a turnaround any time soon. 

Guest Post: Joey Asher from Speechworks - Public Speaking Tips From my Dog Balou

Dahle Communication

I worked with an attorney that gave a presentation on how women attorneys can balance work and family. One of the benefits of having this blog has been getting to know various people around the world that I never would have met before.

Interview: Harold Lustig – Estate Planner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Harold works closely with an Elder Law Attorney and his wife who is an Elder Care Advocate and RN. Harold Lustig is the Founder and CEO of the California Estate and Elder Planning Center and Managing Member of Lustig Financial Services LLC. After the distressing experience of hearing his father saying he had outlived his assets, Lustig began a life-long journey to assist seniors increase income and protect their assets, enjoy a higher quality [.]

BP Message Development – What message?

Matt Eventoff

Tony Hayward, appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, was well dressed, his body language entering the hearing did not set a bad tone, and his decision to sit center stage by himself, without attorney’s or staff, sent a powerful message of responsibility and openness.

CT US Senate candidate Blumenthal hits homerun with Craigslist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, current Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, is in the catbird's seat in the race for the U.S. Today he was all over the airwaves on statewide and local television proclaiming his satisfaction and he and 16 state attorneys general were effective in having Craigslist  remove its adult services section.  The more frightened the population gets about the economy the more they tend to seek law and order types. 

Great Public Speaking: No Fee Talks

Great Public Speaking

Attorneys, doctors, dentists, accountants, real estate agents, lawyers, home builders and many other people from a wide variety of professions give seminars to promote their business and to gain clients directly from the seminars.

Petit Murders: The man with nothing to lose

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

This is bound to be a tipping point for the jurors, who the defense attorneys told that Hayes was a regular joe, friendly, funny, and fragile.  The testimony of retired Connecticut prison official Frederick Levesque at the penalty phase of the Steven Hayes murder trial might have done the defendant in.    Levesque noted that Hayes portrayed himself in prison as a man with nothing to lose.    Therefore, he threatened to kill a prison officer.

Social Networking - FDNS Immigration Officers Want To Be Friends

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Immigration attorney Alan Lubiner, partner with Lubiner & Schmidt, Cranford, New Jersey, recommends how immigrants can be self-protective.  Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation we now have that 2008 memo to FDNS immigration officers instructing them how to penetrate social networks.    The purpose would be to pick up signs of fraud and connect the dots.    Sure, to get the job done, FDNS should pose as friends on the sites.

Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust supports DREAM Act

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here immigration attorney Alan Lubiner, partner at Lubiner & Schmidt in Cranford, New Jersey, discusses DREAM and provides links for detailed information and how others can lend their support Immigration.    A messy issue, politically, socially, and economically.    But Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust has jumped in with both feet.    The Harvard president has joined with immigrant student Eric Balderas to suppport the DREAM Act. 

Veteran's Day: Connecticut Legal Help Needed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You're an attorney in Connecticut specializing in expungement of records.    If you are a Connecticut attorney specializing in expungement who can work for a low fee or know of someone, please contact David Schmidt at , 908-709-0500.   And, although this is not pro bono, it will be low paying. A veteran back from combat duty in Iraq needs your expertise.    His superiors want him to apply to Officer Candidate School. 

CT US Senate Race: Can't miss a trick

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

With his once 30-point lead down to about 10, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal can't miss a trick.    Yeah, he's at it, even after a long weekend of being on local, state, and national television explaining how important it was that he and 16 other state attorneys general got Craigslist to end listing adult services. 

Lloyd Constantine: why did he allow his book to plummet?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Attorney Lloyd Constantine's book JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR had a great topic - Eliot Spitzer.    A great book promoter Meryl Moss.    His own publicity agent.    Yet, his book has plummeted on to number 214,217. Why would a shrewd man invest in a book and then allow it to lose its momentum?    Does this seeming downward trajectory reflect the power of the Spitzer comeback forces? 

No Safe House

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It used to be that some highly educated such as attorneys would trade off high compensation and fame of working in a professional services firm for the "safe house" of a corporate job.    It depends on who you talk to about how vulnerable in-house attorneys have become. 

Legal gobbledygook & a lesson in US history

Max Atkinson

Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client: you have to love this lawyer.

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Writer to Lawyer to Marketer to Psychotherapist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He went on to become an attorney in BigLaw, a marketer at Barnes & Noble, and currently a psychotherapist in his private practice A Quiet Room. Career change for a writer needn't be brutal.    Today, I conducted an exclusive interview with Will Meyerhofer , a master of the process.    Meyerhofer started out, after an exquisite education at Winchester College, a British public school, and then Harvard College, as a writer. 

Engaging a difficult audience: The Kenneth Feinberg lessons

The Eloquent Woman

That's what attorney Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the compensation fund for those affected by the BP oil spill, is doing as he begins outreach to affected communities. Do you really know how to engage an audience?

Public Speaking: Creating Material Out Of Adversity

Great Public Speaking

After we make the purchase and attend the closing (this won't cost much because so many real estate attorney's are hurting for business) we shift the entire northern United States to the south. It's 5:30 AM Eastern time.

Oy Vey, 1 more legal program

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The series focuses on first-year newbie attorneys at a white-shoe law firm.  There are all those courtrooms during the day, reruns of "Boston Legal" in the early evening, Nancy The Rant Grace, Ever-Earnest Greta, and "The Good Wife" on Tuesday nights.    Leave it to the suits, there will be 1 more legal program.    It's "The Deep End," starting Thursday on ABC. 

MASS - Lots of Blame To Go Around

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Democrat state attorney general Martha Coakley is blaming the White House and the Democratic National Committee.  The political sites will have server-crash tonight when the winner in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race is announced.    It will likely be GOP Scott Brown and the blame game has already started among the Democrats.    That list of miscreants will be expanded. 

That unbearable lightness of being - Linda McMahon turns gravitas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile her opponent state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is all fire and brimstone about taking on big oil, big whatever, promising never to stop fighting for us. That was fast.    Last week on television there was Linda McMahon's middle-aged upper-middle class friend gushing about this U.S. Senate candidate's sense of humor and how she really likes to laugh.    This week all that unbearable lightness of being is gone. 

Public Speaking Tips from Joey's Dog Balou: Who Knew?

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

I worked with an attorney that gave a presentation on how women attorneys can balance work and family.  Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou By Joey Asher, President Speechworks.

Raining Down Money

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"    Although it's targeted at attorneys it's just what all professionals need to hang onto their job, get a better one, or start their own business. Remember mouse Alicia on "The Good Wife?"  "  Well, that mouse grew into a strong sales animal.    She saved her job at the law firm by becoming a rainmaker, that is, bringing in business.

Slavery: Manhattan style

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Before New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo goes on to bigger things, he might look into this unusual working arrangement which is increasingly becoming a rite of passage in supposed glam industries like PR. "Manhattan pr firm seeks non paid interns to work in cool and fun environment."  "  That's how the ad on Craigslist starts out.  There's   There's more.    "Must work 25 hours more a week." 

"But we're decentralized," Pope could contend

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

attorney Jeffrey S. The U.S. Lena representing the Pope et al. in the Wisconsin lawsuit regarding alleged clergy sex abuse of deaf boys might have come up with a novel legal defense for the Holy Sea.    It's usually the kind of concept you hear in corporate circles, not religious ones: Decentralization. In an interview with Monica Daley of THE NEW YORK TIMES, Lena points out that the complaint rests on the assumption that the Roman Catholic Church operates top-down. 

No Country for Ordinary Screwups: The Mickey Shermans of our times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The latest miscreant to do his fall from grace up big is one-time iconic Connecticut attorney Mickey Sherman.  Scandal used to be about ordinary screwups.    Senator X is caught in a bed he shouldn't be in or a men's room signaling for sex.    No more.    Now it has become about Greek-tragedy like myopic behavior. 

Ireland to America: No more Kennedy sagas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Immigration/naturalization attorney Alan Lubiner, partner in New Jersey's Lubiner & Schmidt, provided me with an exclusive inerview about what those in Ireland can expect if they're considering coming to America. The economy, the law, and public mood in America have all changed since the era when Irish could emigrate and mutate into the Kennedy dynasty. 

Lou Dobbs: Smart move to submit amicus brief

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  On his immigration/naturalization blog  [link] ,  attorney Alan Lubiner presents background and a copy of the amicus brief submitted by the Legal Action Center of the American Immigration Council, along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Lou Dobbs is starting over, as so many of us professionals have done in the 21st century. His new career path will be traveled on Fox Business Network. 

Beware of What You Write on Social Media - Advice from Francine Denise Ward

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Check out this video of Attorney Francine Denise Ward's interview on View From the Bay, dealing with Social Media legal issues that can land you in court. A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine Denise Ward earned her undergraduate degree in 1986 from the City University of New York Hunter College. Admitted to practice in both California and New York, her IP focus is on copyrights, trademarks, internet, and publishing law.

Power Plant Blows in Middletown, CT

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Bush Administration lawyer who allegedly attempts to murder his wife, a Skadden Arps attorney, when she serves him with divorce papers.  No one knows the real death and injury toll.    What is known  is that two are confirmed dead and about 10 injured when a power plant blew in Middletown, Connecticut.    For my sleepy wealthy New England state this is about as close as things come to mass tragedy.

John Murtha Dead: More than six degrees of separation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  When I was live-blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial [see that under "legal"] the defense attorneys for Sherwin-Williams were from Jones Day in downtown Pittsburgh, a few blocks from where I used to work at the former Gulf Oil, now Chevron.    The head attorney Mickey Pohl had been the Chairman of the Board of my alma mater Seton Hill.  The death  of John Murtha shouldn't have been on my radar screen. 

This Week in History: Words that made a difference

Joan Detz Speaker Services

1899 From a speech given by attorney-diplomat Edward Phelps: “The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.&#. January 24 - January 30: 1815 Thomas Jefferson offered to donate his personal library to the Library of Congress (which had been destroyed by the British in the War of 1812) . 1830 From a debate in the US Senate, these words by Daniel Webster: “Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable.&# .

Linda McMahon made a big fat political mistake

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Her opponent Democratic state attorney general Richard Blumenthal imploded last May when THE NEW YORK TIMES reported that he misrepresented his military service.  Face it, after what we've been through as a nation since the beginning of The Great Recession, the minimum wage is right up there with Social Security.    You bet, it's now the third rail in politics. Therefore, we political journalists were puzzled when smart Connecticut GOP U.S.

Post-Petit: All trials will now be tweeted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I interviewed an attorney working in Superior Court but not assigned to the case.  No question, the triple-murder home invasion Petit trial here in New Haven, Connecticut is a game-changer.    To begin with, no court proceeding will ever again take place without tweets - unless the powers-that-be bar that.  

NYT's Peter Goodman shifts to new media HUFFINGTON POST

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Senate race between stat attorney general Richard Blumenthal and former WWE founder Linda McMahon. He says he's makng the change so that he can have a point of view in his writing.    Maybe.    What we do know for certain, reports  THE WASHINGTON POST's Howard Kurtz, is that economics writer for THE NEW YORK TI ES Peter Goodman is shifting to the new media HUFFINGTON POST. 

Discovery - the legal kind - and blogging posts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  There I was, a nobody at one time, being deposed by an attorney representing the law firm Motley Rice and one representing Jones Day.  In a conference room rented at 3 Long Wharf Drive, the table was spread with exhibits - those kind used in legal procedures - from my blog posts.    Those were from both this site and the legal one.

Hearts Break in Connecticut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I wish that attorney David Dow, who recently wrote AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EXECUTION, could come from Texas to Connecticut.  It's such a heartbreaking day in Connecticut.    The great hope of the state economy - gambling at Monhegan Sun - sputtered.    It announced that 355 people would lose their jobs.    Actually more than that many positions were eliminated but some of those cut could be deployed in other jobs.