Friday, May 21, 2010

The White Collar Associate

The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is hosting an amici blog of views from the field.  Online is a piece by Jocelyn Kelly (Jones Day, Cleveland) that is titled, "Advocacy Before the Courtroom: The Life of an Associate in a White Collar Criminal Defense Practice."


May 21, 2010 in Defense Counsel, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

In the News & Around the Blogosphere

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer,, Judge Shoots Down Allen Stanford's Third Request for Pretrial Release

Sheri Qualters, NLJ,, Former Mass. Assistant AG Charged Over Solicitation of Investors for Ponzi Scheme

AP, Washington Post, Ex-NJ lawmaker is convicted in corruption probe

Terrie Morgan-Besecker,, Powell tapes offer dilemma -Judge could toss out secret recordings

Stephanie Reitz, Newsday (AP), Hartford mayor's corruption trial gets under way

Eliot Kleinberg & Michael Lafordia, Palm Beach Post, 16 plead guilty to charges in Florida prison guard corruption probe

Geraldine Szott Moohr, Houston Chronicle, Why the Skilling case affects us all

DOJ Press Release, South Florida Resident Pleads Guilty in Connection with Business Opportunity Fraud Venture

DOJ Press Release, Former Employee of Financial Services Company Pleads Guilty for Role in Bid-rigging and Fraud Conspiracies Involving Proceeds of Municipal Bonds

DOJ Press Release, Two Chinese Nationals Convicted of Illegally Exporting Electronics Components Used in Military Radar & Electronic Warfare

DOJ Press Release, Sixth Individual Pleads Guilty for Role in $14.5 Million Medicare Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

DOJ Press Release, Minnesota Man Sentenced to 117 Months in Prison for Running Ponzi Scheme

David Glen, Chronicle of Higher Education, Former U. of Louisville Dean Is Sentenced to More Than 5 Years

Jeff Jeffrey, BLT Blog, Patton Boggs Lands DOJ Official for White-Collar Practice

Mark P. Rankin Joins Tampa Office of Shutts & Bowen LLP

Christopher Keating,, Republican Ross Garber Is Running For Attorney General; Exit By Susan Bysiewicz, His Sister-in-Law, Opens Door (hat tip Ivan Dominguez)

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer,, Defense Lawyer for Allen Stanford Seeks to Withdraw

Julie Kay, Daily Business Review,, Former Rothstein Chief Operating Officer Gets Plea Deal 

Mark Fass, NYLJ,, 2 Attorneys Charged in $3 Million Real Estate Fraud

Stephen Bernard, AP,, N.Y. AG Said to Be Investigating 8 Banks Over Securities

Lindsey Williams, Whistleblowers Protection Blog, Swiss Banker Turned Whistleblower Ended Up With a Prison Sentence


May 20, 2010 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

19th National Federal Sentencing Guidelines Conference - Opening Day

The opening panel of this conference was United States Sentencing Guidelines Developments and a View from the District Court Bench. Moderating this panel was Professor Frank Bowman. Judges Frederic Block (ED NY), Steven Merryday (MD Fl) and Robert Pratt (SD Iowa) offered their perspectives. Judge Pratt had some important advice for defense counsel - sentencing is fact intense and you need to bring out the facts. You need to make a record.  My favorite line was when he said that there are a "number of opportunities to make the law more human."

The panel - Sentencing Issues in Securities Cases - had Henry "Hank" Asbill as the moderator. It's all about "loss" is the way it started. Listening to the speakers ( Mark Harris - Proskauser Rose, LLP; Michael Horowitz, Calwalder, Wickersam & Taft; Peter Spivack - Hogan & Hartson) it is clear that an expert is needed to assist in measuring loss. But as noted by one of the speakers, "[i]f you go down the expert road these are very complicated issues." Hank Asbill asked "[w]ere the guidelines based upon assumptions in the market?"


May 20, 2010 in Conferences, Securities, Sentencing | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)