In The Court of Public Opinion looks at the intersection of law, media and public opinion. The author, Jim Haggerty, is an attorney, writer and communications consultant. He serves as the president of The PR Consulting Group, a New York public relations firm specializing in legal issues and litigation, environmental maters and general reputational issues.
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Last week the Mark Hurd case was back in the news. And the lesson for readers of In The Court of Public Opinion is this: assume everything is going to come out... eventually. And that someone will be to cover it. This is especially true in the age of the Internet, of video phones, iPads, PACER,...
So what does it take to be named the law firm "Litigation Department of the Year?" Well, according to American Lawyer in its profile of this year's winner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, media savvy is a key ingredient. AmLaw puts it this way:The most important battles can't be won solely with...
The latest episode of my In The Court Of Public Opinion radio program looks at the Occupy Wall Street movement. A week after the protestors were removed from Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, we look at how the strange legal status of "Publicly Owned Private Spaces" like Zuccotti Park...
Here's my latest column from American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel magazine, dealing with Occupy Wall Street. Critics of the OWS protests say the movement lacks a coherent message, but I'm not so sure. And where are the coherent messages and smart crisis management strategies on the other side?
My latest column for American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel magazine looks at the Penn State sexual assault scandal... and why we let high performers get away with -- not just indiscretions, but crimes! An excerpt follows: ...in my years as a communications consultant in crisis and...
This week, I'm on an apology kick.My column today in American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel magazine looks at Judge Rakoff's recent high-profile rejection of a proposed $285 million settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission over the allegedly fraudulent marketing...
Check out the most recent episode of my In The Court of Public Opinion radio show on the VoiceAmerica Radio Network for updates on two Sports Law cases making news: the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sexual assault case and the Barry Bonds sentence. Key question I ask attorney Mike Agnello, an...
Here's another example of the extent to which Judges are affected by public pressure. According to Adam Liptak of The New York Times, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently reversed itself on a highly controversial decision it made last year when it decided that there were no...
Here I am in today's Wall Street Journal, commenting on the sentence handed down against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.Relevant section for In The Court Of Public Opinion readers:Might Mr. Blagojevich have been able to get an even better deal by 'fessing up sooner? Experts seemed to...
In the Court of Public Opinion radio is now on the air! I've launched a radio program on the VoiceAmerica network similar to my blog, column and book.Here is the press release announcing the program. Hope you listen and enjoy the program!___________________________________________"In The Court Of...