Monday was a major day for Motley Rice partner Jack McConnell. He could become the next U.S. District Court Judge in Rhode Island. Sorry, readers, that I missed this but I was preoccupied with the Sherwin-Williams v Motley Rice litigation in Ohio. I learned of this development from a commentator who flagged me on another blog post.
As Katie Mulvaney and John E. Mulligan report in THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced Monday that they have forwarded McConnell's name to President Barack Obama to be considered to replace U.S. District Court Judge in Rhode Island Judge Ernest C. Torres. The latter had indicated late last year that he would retire. Along with this, the two senators also announced they had chosen state Superior Court Judge Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson to fill a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seat.
In a press release Senators Reed and Whitehouse, say Mulvaney and Mulligan, noted, "We believe that Justice Thomas and Mr. McConnell are highly qualified and will make Rhode Island proud. They both possess strong legal backgrounds, a commitment to justice, and the intellect, temperament, and integrity to serve as federal judges. They both come from working, middle-class families and share a profound respect for the rule of law."
From reading McConnell's briefs and statements in the media, I recognize that the added value he can bring is his sensitivity to public policy matters. They frequently intersect with legal issues. His years as a plaintiff attorney have provided him with unique insight into how legal rulings can impact individuals and communities.
As lead paint watchers know, McConnell had been a primary player in the RI lead paint public nuisance litigation. That nine-year saga finally ended, sort of, on July 1, 2008, when the RI Supreme Court overturned the verdict against lead paint defendants Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and Millennium Holdings. In addition, the High Court indicated that the case should never had gone to trial. Here is that RI SC decision Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc. But nothing is over until it's over. There remain the matters of compensation of certain administrative fees incurred by the defendants and whether the abatement co-examiner report should be made public.
On November 1, 2005, I started out live-blogging the second RI lead paint public nuisance trial as a neutral observer. After all, I am a working-class kid from a downtown Jersey City, New Jersey tenement. That was back before the post-War boom. Those of my gen who made it out usually did it through education and hustle. Sure I'm ambivalent/resentful about, as Buddy Cianci put it, not being born "a member of the Lucky Sperm Club." But lately I'm more grateful for what I picked up from the mean streets Download CUsersjasneDocumentsjg.
Early in the trial I tilted toward the defense. The plaintiff seemed to not only have a weak case but I perceived it was being argued ineptly. For example, the alleged conspiracy about the Lead Industries Association seemed to be an inefficient tactic. It was also an ineffective one since the Judge threw it out due to lack of evidence.
Perhaps my respect for intelligence, hard work, and business shrewdness is excessive. Guilty. I fell in love with the minds and strategies of defense attorneys Mickey Pohl, Mike Nilan, Don Scott, and John Tarantino. So?
That has nothing to do with me as a advocacy writer and communications consultant. One of my clients is plaintiff attorney Bill Marler of Marler Clark, which specializes in food-borne diseases. Unfortunately, none of those defense attorneys have sent assignments my way. Here is the latest Use-Me pitch email sent to them and more Download Emarketing. And, here is my ghostwriting resume Download Disruptivewritereditor and my social-media one Download JGenovaInternet.
Would I welcome assignments from Motley Rice? You bet. I help clients influence points of view because I can grasp myriad sides of an issue. My personal and political likes and dislikes are irrelevant.
As I stress in my pitch, emergencies welcome, fees custom-made, complimentary consultation. Yeah, nothing to lose: Please contact at Mgenova981@aol.com, 203-468-8579. Have laptop, will adapt.