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MC&A Newsletter  vol. XXXI : September 2013


Featuring Special: Infinite Possibilities of the Law Degree

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MC&A To Host Third Annual

Infinite Possibilities of the Law Degree Symposium


On September 26, 2013, MC&A will again be hosting its Infinite Possibilities of the Law Degree panel discussion for all those seeking information and guidance on how to pursue a career that is off the beaten path.


This event is for lawyers, would be lawyers or any professional looking for inspiration to pursue career paths that are unexpected! Our Second Annual IPLD panel included Terence Winter --attorney and seven-time Emmy Award™ winner, writer and producer of HBO's The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire and Lauren Lake -- attorney, host of television show Paternity Court, Author and Philanthropist. Past speakers have included Court TV anchor Jack Ford, Television & Sports Agent Steve Herz and PricewaterhouseCoopers Forensics Services Director Mark Brown.


This year, IPLD will feature a one-on-one conversation with Lisa Bloom, New York Times Best Selling Author of Think and TV Legal Analyst. A reception will follow.

Host of her own national live daily talk show on Court TV for eight years, Lisa is now a regular legal analyst on CBS News, CNN and HLN, appearing frequently on The Early Show, The Insider, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, The Situation Room and many other shows. In addition, Lisa runs a prominent Los Angeles based general practice law firm, TheBloomFirm.com, representing celebrity clients and ordinary people seeking justice in their lives. A popular award-winning speaker to business, student and women's audiences, Lisa has been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Star Jones, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Bill O'Reilly, Shawn Hannity, Joe Scarborough, Tina Brown, Nancy Grace and many others.

Lisa's first book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, published by Vanguard Books in the summer of 2011, became an instant New York Times bestseller and a favorite of critics.



Spotlight on IPLD 2011 Panelist Lauren Lake

null With the event just around the corner, we thought this was a perfect time to put the spotlight on former panelist Lauren Lake and her position as the presiding judge in "Paternity Court," a nationally syndicated courtroom show. Lake's experience provides a unique and dynamic perspective to the hybrid court/talk show that will offer emotionally charged, life-changing consequences when dramatic DNA results are revealed.


Lake's background makes her a dead ringer for serving as the judge on "Paternity Court." Since graduating from law school, Lake has concentrated her practice in family, criminal and entertainment law. She regularly appears on television shows such as "Today", "Good Morning America", "Dr. Phil", and "Nancy Grace" to provide advice and analysis as a legal expert. Lake has also been featured in articles in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, Essence, and Good Housekeeping, to name a few.


In 2009, Lake wrote a book, Girl! Let Me Tell You . . . The book empowers single women to never settle for anything less than what they deserve in life and in love. She is dedicated to helping women, even co-founding Woman in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) to further promote the positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society.


We applaud Lake for her commitment to encouraging and inspiring ordinary people to live extraordinary lives and serving as a true example of life's infinite possibilities.


Don't forget to check out Lake on "Paternity Court", which premieres on September 23, 2013!

IPLD 2011 Speakers
Terence Winter
Terence Winter Terence Winter is the creator, head writer and Executive Producer of Boardwalk Empire, the award-winning HBO television series for HBO. Prior to creating Boardwalk Empire, Mr. Winter was one of the writers and Executive Producers of The Sopranos, for which he was honored with four Emmy awards as well as three Writer's Guild Awards.

Before joining The Sopranos, Mr. Winter had written and produced an eclectic group of television series, including "The Great Defender," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Xena: Warrior Princess," "Sister, Sister," "Soldier of Fortune," "Diresta" and "Eddie Murphy's The PJs".

His first feature film, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" starring the rap artist 50 Cent and directed by Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, opened in November, 2005. His second film, "Brooklyn Rules," starring Alec Baldwin and Freddie Prinze Jr. was released in 2007. Currently, he is working with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mick Jagger on various film and television projects.

A native of Brooklyn, Mr. Winter received a B.A. from New York University in 1984 and a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in 1988. He is admitted to the bars of both New York and Connecticut.

Lorine Pendleton

Lorine Pendleton
Lorine Pendleton is the US Business Development Dirctor for the law firm Dentons US LLP.  Prior to her position at Dentons, Ms. Pendleton was the Director of Business Development for the Litigation Practice at Simpson Thatcher & Barlett. Ms. Pendleton was Director of Sales for SelectMinds, the industry leader of software and management solutions for web-based social network programs for corporations. Clients included Fortune 500 companies and professional services firms including law firms, accounting firms and IT consulting firms. Prior to joining SelectMinds, Ms. Pendleton was a Business Development Executive at Community Connect the publisher of the leading ethnic social networking websites BlackPlanet, AsianAvenue and MiGente with over 15 million members.

Ms. Pendleton is a former practicing attorney who worked at the Law Offices of Londell McMillan, a leading entertainment boutique law firm. She structured and negotiated multifaceted entertainment and media deals on behalf of her clients who included Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Spike Lee, the Estate of Christopher Wallace (a.k.a Notorious BIG), and Ruff Ryders Records. Ms. Pendleton sits on the board of directors for the National Black Programming Consortium which provides funds and distributes films and TV programs relating to African-Americans with principal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)/PBS. Additionally, she also sits on the board of directors for Living Labs Foundation, the organizer of TEDxHarlem.

Ms. Pendleton received her J.D. from New York Law School in and her B.A. in economics from Brown University.

Dr. Silvia Hodges

SilviaHodgesDr. Silvia Hodges teaches marketing and management at Fordham Law School in New York. She consults and empowers law firms to win and keep the international clients they want. Silvia has conducted a number of studies on law firm marketing in Europe, Latin America and the United States (US), including the first study on the buying behavior of medium-sized companies in 2006.Prior to joining academia, Silvia worked as a marketing manager for law firms in Europe. She has authored a textbook on legal marketing for WoltersKluwer and was a columnist on law firm marketing for an Italian business newspaper. She frequently lectures and publishes on international law firm marketing topics. A big believer in networking, Silvia founded a networking group for legal marketers in Italy and is very involved in the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and the New York LMA chapter, as well as the New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management section. She also closely collaborates with other international legal marketing networks around the world.


Mark Brown

Mark Brown Mark Brown is a Director in PwC's Forensics Services practice in New York. Mark has over 15 years of professional experience in damages analysis, valuation and corporate investigations and holds degrees in accounting, economics and law. Mark has extensive experience in providing economic, accounting and financial analysis relating to commercial disputes in intellectual property cases, valuation services, and corporate investigations focusing on FCPA violations, fraud, and earnings management. Prior to joining PwC, Mark was a criminal defense lawyer in Toronto.


Mark obtained is B.A., with Honors, in Economics from the University of Toronto, his L.L.B. in Law at the University of Windsor, and his MBA in Accounting from Cornell University.


IPLD 2010 Speakers

Medina Senghore Collie

nullMedina Senghore worked as the Director of Intellectual Property Strategy at American Express Company. Prior to joining American Express, Ms. Senghore was an associate in the New York offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, respectively, specializing in patent litigation in the chemical arts. Ms. Senghore received her law degree from Harvard Law School. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Senghore is actively pursuing an acting career. She has appeared in several commercials, Off-off Broadway plays and independent films. She made her last stage appearance in All the Rage (Agee) at the Manhattan Theater Source and recently wrapped shooting on a sitcom pilot.


Since participating on the 2010 IPLD panel, Medina Senghore Collie has continued to pursue her dual careers of acting and practicing law. In 2011 she was promoted to Vice President of Intellectual Property and Business Affairs at American Express Company. In that role, Medina drove the strategic roadmap for the American Express patent portfolio and executed strategies to commercialize and license American Express intellectual property. During that time Medina appeared on stage in productions with Shakespeare on the Sound (As You Like It) and Gideon Productions (Sovereign).  Most recently, Medina left American Express to pursue full-time acting studies at The Juilliard School where she is a first year MFA candidate.


Jack Ford

Jack Ford is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, nationally recognized trial attorney, author, and teacher. He has authored a number of articles for various legal publications, was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham Law School and is a Visiting Professor at Yale University, and continues to lecture frequently on media and legal topics at colleges and law schools across the country. His debut novel, The Osiris Alliance, was published in 2009 to critical acclaim.


Most recently the Anchor of "Jack Ford: Courtside" on IN SESSION (formerly COURT TV) and the Host of the PBS series "Inside the Law," he began his television news career in 1984 as the Legal Analyst for WCBS-TV in New York. In 1991, he helped launch COURT TV as one of its original anchors. During this period, he also appeared in a number of Fred Friendly's award-winning PBS Media and Society broadcasts, including acting as Moderator for "That Delicate Balance II: The Bill of Rights."


In 1994, Mr. Ford joined NBC News as Chief Legal Correspondent, reporting on major legal cases and issues for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and Dateline. In addition, he served as co-anchor for The Weekend Today Show and substitute anchor for Nightly News. Mr. Ford joined ABC News in 1999, serving as an Anchor/Correspondent for both Good Morning America and 20/20.  He also hosted the ESPN show, The Sports Reporters II, from 2002-2003. During 2003-2004, he hosted a nationally syndicated morning show for CBS TV/King World.  


Mr. Ford obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.



Olga Jobe

Olga Jobe is currently the Assistant Vice President of Housing Development at Comunilife, Inc. a non-profit affordable housing developer in New York City.  In this role, Ms. Jobe spearheads the development of mixed-use and mixed-income development projects benefiting the most vulnerable New Yorkers.  Her most recent projects include a $20m development project in the Bronx, a $60m development project in Queens and a $44m development project in the Bronx.  Ms. Jobe's work in affordable housing continues to provide a vital role in the City as the economic gap widens for so many.

Ms. Jobe began her career as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP working on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions.  In 2002, Ms. Jobe resigned from the firm to pursue a Masters degree in Real Estate Development. Since that time, Ms. Jobe has forged a successful career in the development of affordable housing in the New York metropolitan area. Capitalizing on her skills, Ms. Jobe developed her first project in Brooklyn in 2006.

Ms. Jobe earned an undergraduate degree at New York University, a law degree at Fordham University and a Masters degree from Columbia University. Ms. Jobe is the former President of the Queens Bronx Building Association.


Steven Herz

Steve Herz is the founder and President of If Management, Inc., a full-service Manhattan based Media Management firm representing on and off air talent in news, sports, weather, business and entertainment on both television and radio in the United States and internationally.  In July of 1996, If Management, Inc., named in homage to the Rudyard Kipling poem, was born.  Starting with a handful of clients in a one-room office on Wall Street, the firm has grown to a staff of eight fulltime representatives with over 150 clients working at all three major networks and cable outlets and top 20 markets.


In addition to running If Management, Inc., Steve is an avid runner, having completed the Gulf Coast Ironman Qualifying Triathlon in Panama City of behalf of the Leukemia Society's Team in Training and was named the "Most Inspirational Member of the Team in Training."  An ardent fundraiser, Steve is very active in local charities, having spearheaded the effort to raise money for Pups for Peace, an organization that promotes Peace in Israel and most recently for Esperanza, supporting Haitian Earthquake victims.  A New york native, Steve is a guest lecturer at the NYU School of Continuing Education and on behalf of the Nassau County Bar Association and is a tutor at the Harlem Academy.


Steve is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University Law School.  



Alan T. Chan

An independent producer based in New York, Mr. Chan most recently produced Jennifer Phang's feature HALF-LIFE, which premiered at Sundance 2008 to critical acclaim, played in competition at the 2008 Tokyo International Film Festival, and was awarded the Grand Jury Award at Gen Art 2008.  In 2006, he produced Inner Circle Line, a film directed by Cho Eunhee, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was awarded a Special Jury Prize at SXSW 2006. In July 2008, Mr. Chan was selected by the Sundance Institute as one of five Fellows for its inaugural Creative Producing Lab for QUARI, Ms. Cho's second feature. Other upcoming projects include a future project with Ms. Phang, and two of his own screenplays in development. 


Mr. Chan received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.


  In The News
Cleveland Kidnapper Takes His Life

null Ariel Castro, the man convicted for the kidnapping of three women in Cleveland and holding them captive in his home for over ten years was found dead in his jail cell on September 3, 2013. The 53-year-old hanged himself with a bedsheet while being held at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, OH.


Just one month ago, Castro had pleaded guilty to 937 charges. Included in those 937 were charges for the kidnapping of Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry, and two charges of aggravated murder for forced miscarriages upon one of the women, who he raped and impregnated. He was serving a sentence of life plus 1,000 years without parole.


Castro received his sentence through a plea deal with the prosecution. In agreeing to the sentence and pleading guilty to the charges, he evaded the death penalty. During his sentencing hearing, Castro claimed that he was an abused child and suffered from a pornography addiction. In addition, he claimed that his relations with the three captive women were consensual and that there had been harmony amongst them. He also stated to the court that he was not a monster but was "sick". Prosecutors, however, state that there was no indication that Castro suffered from any mental illness and his statements at sentencing were indicative of his lack of remorse for the crimes he committed.


After learning of his suicide, Castro's attorneys called for an investigation into the care and level of supervision being provided to Castro during his incarceration. According to the lawyers, Castro had a history of psychological issues, including thoughts of suicide. Craig T. Weintraub, one of Castro's lawyers, stated that "Mr. Castro's psychological history reflected depression and suicidal tendencies, which is why the county jail placed him on suicide watch."


State correction department spokesman Scott Flowers said that Castro was being held in protective custody but he was not on suicide watch. Protective custody meant that a guard checked in on Castro every 30 minutes. Ohio prison officials are now reviewing Castro's death to determine whether their policies and procedures for providing medical and mental health care were appropriately followed. It is expected that the investigation will be completed by the end of September.


Sources: "Ariel Castro suicide: Two guards placed on leave," by Steve Almasy, September 11, 2013, cnn.com; Death in Prison of Man Who Held Ohio Women Captive Prompts Investigations," by Timothy Williams and Michael Schwirtz, September 4, 2013, The New York Times; "Autopsy: Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison cell," by Melanie Eversley and Doug Stanglin, September 4, 2013, USA Today 

NFL Tight End Finds Himself in a Tight Spot

null On September 6, 2013, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in a Massachusetts Superior Court. The 23 year-old tight end was arrested on June 26, 2013, for the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was found shot to death on June 17, 2013 in a park in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Lloyd, a 27 year-old semi professional football player, was found dead in a park located 1 mile from Hernandez's home. According to law enforcement, Lloyd was shot five times with a .45 caliber Glock. The gun has not yet been recovered, however, the prosecution claims to have video surveillance showing Hernandez holding what looks like a Glock just hours before the shooting.

The prosecution stated to the court that the murder came about after Hernandez heard that Lloyd had talked to some people at a nightclub on June 14th who Hernandez had some troubles with. Two days later, Hernandez allegedly recruited the assistance of two friends who, along with Hernandez, picked up Lloyd from his home around 2:30am. Nearly an hour later, workers at the industrial park where Lloyd's body was found heard gunshots. Just minutes before the shooting Hernandez had texted his sister asking if she saw who he was with. When she asked who, he told her "NFL . . . Just so you know."

Hernandez's defense attorneys, however, claim that the prosecution's case is circumstantial at best, and they are optimistic that trial will result in a not-guilty verdict for the former football player. One of Hernandez's attorneys, Charles Rankin, made a statement outside the courthouse that "not one shred of evidence has been presented yet." Rankin asked that people keep an open mind and allow the justice system to do its work.

In addition to murder, Hernandez also pleaded not guilty to five weapons and ammunition charges in association with the murder. Specifically, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possessing a large-capacity firearm, and two counts of possessing a firearm without a firearms ID card.

Hernandez has been held without bail since his arrest. His attorneys agreed prior to the September 6th hearing that he will continue to be held without bail. They did, however, reserve the right to request bail at a later date if they so choose. Currently, the next court hearing is set for October 9th.

Sources: "Murder charge for Aaron Hernandez," by Mike Rodak, June 28, 2013, www.espn.com; "Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder indictment," by Associated Press, September 6, 2013, sportsillustrated.com; "Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder charges," by Wesley Lowery, September 6, 2013, The Boston Globe
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