The f/k/a Gang has always been in favor of full disclosure by
lawyers and law firms (see, e.g., our posts on fiduciary duties,
self-help resources). Longtime readers know that personal
injury and class action tort lawyers have often been the subject
started to wonder about the limits of disclosure — just how much
do we want to know or see?
Our journey into DDS (disclosure doubt syndrome) began quite
innocently last night — simply following a pointer from PoL‘s
editor Walter Olson about the “Harvard School of Public Health
bestowing its Julius Richmond Award on glamour-puss toxic-tort-
chaser Erin Brockovich.” From Michael Fumento’s Town Hall column
on the topic, we came to the law firm profile page of Erin-Brockovich-
Ellis, at Masry & Vititoe, in Westlake Village, California. And saw:
update (May 12, 2008): A post by Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice — “Decolletage or Disaster?” (May 10, 2008) — reminded us of our prior musing in this posting over Ms. Brockovich’s mugshot. Scott discusses the Wall Street Journal column “Risky Business: Decolletage At a Work Dinner” (WSJ, by Christina Binkley, May 8, 2008). If my rattled brain comes up with a useful reaction, I’ll report further in a new posting.
[Your Editor was apparently mistaken when writing this update, as Brockovich’s webpage is back at M&V. Sorry for any inconvenience to our readers.] update (March 17, 2006): Ms. B is apparently no longer affiliated with Masry & Vititoe. Her bio page is no longer available at the M&V website. You can see a picture of Ms. Brockovich similar to the one above at her “official” site and on the cover of her memoirs.
Just this week, we wrote two posts on selecting law firms. Back in
March, we also wrote about decloaking associates. Nonetheless, a
close look at the Brockovich profile page raises the question: Just
how much disclosure, decolletage and detail is necessary or useful
for the purpose of choosing a law firm? I’ve been a lifelong fan of
feminine buxomness (in the sense of definition 1b, and not 3., in
this dictionary). But, exposure and disclosure start to overlap in
Ms. B’s mug shot. Similarly, I like to know a little about the personal
life of people I might work with, but hearing about two former husbands
and jobs held for a few months, and minor beauty pageants, etc. etc.,
seems a bit much.
If you’re that interested in Erin’s life, try her 2001
memoir, which is available for as little as 23 cents
at the Amazon.com Marketplace. It appears that
the cover photo of the book was taken at the same
portrait session as her firm picture.
unaware of the thief’s
cooling in water
translated by David G. Lanoue
So, I’m curious: (1) Does Erin Brockovich’s profile page make you
want to hire M&V? (2) Has her style of firm photo started a trend
among p/i or other law firms — among lawyers, paralegals, or other
law firm websites about associates, approve of the way M&V has
featured its famous paralegal? and (4) Is this website sweeps month?
I wonder what psychology professor and haiku poet George Swede would think of all this?
through a hole
in the fog billboard girl’s
one button undone
in the clerk’s blouse I let her
steal my change
his and her pyjamas
on the clothesline
from Almost Unseen (Brooks Books, 2000)
- by dagosan
fine print on her t-shirt -
she glares at me
[Sept. 30, 2005]
p.s. If you came here looking for the meaning of “erin go bragh,”
click on the link for the Encarta definition, which agrees with
other sources that the term is translated “Ireland forever!” but
notes in the etymology that it literally means “Irish until doomsday”
Wikipedia has further details, including the possible Scottish
roots of the phrase.
September 30, 2005
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