Silent Epidemic Destroying Lives in the United States

An epidemic is the rapid spread of disease to a large number of hosts in a given population within a short period of time. For example, in meningococcal infections, an attack rate in excess of 15 cases per 100,000 people for two consecutive weeks is considered an epidemic.

McapMediaWire – A recent National Institute of Corrections report states 1 in 50 American children will have a parent in prison in their lifetime. With approximately one and a quarter million adults currently living behind bars in the United States, that figure isn’t likely to decrease any time soon.

Minnesota District Court Judge Allison Krehbiel knows too well what happens when a child loses a parent to prison. “I am bound to follow the law, but it’s absolutely crushing when I send a mother, father, or even an older sibling away because I understand the ramifications it will have on the family dynamic, especially the children.”

Krehbiel adds that children who lack a mentor or don’t get proper therapy when a parent is absent are twice as likely to end up on the wrong side of her bench down the road. “We need all the help we can get to intervene with this vulnerable population.”

A new book series aims to do just that. It’s an innovative trilogy of books written specifically for young children of the incarcerated. Author Rachel Nee-Hall says she hopes a simple parenting tactic shared by cute animal characters will help explain a difficult situation in an age-appropriate way.

An award-winning television producer, Nee-Hall was inspired to write Daddy’s Time Out, Mama’s Time Out, and Peanut’s Time Out from personal experience after accompanying a friend who was taking her children to see their father in prison. “There I was sitting in the prison lobby with this little boy who was upset and confused. When I looked around for a book or pamphlet to advise me how to comfort him, there wasn’t any.”

So, the Los Angeles mother of two decided to write them. “It wasn’t rocket science, but there was a need for these specific books for this demographic.”

Child psychologist Ruth Cowen agrees. In her practice located near a California prison, she works primarily with children of incarcerated parents. Cowen says children have trouble processing their feelings, especially face to face with an adult.

“There weren’t any books like this out there. These are valuable tools for parents, social workers, therapists, and numerous others. Cowen believes the animal characters help unravel mixed feelings and allow them to process information to find stability and understanding.

Lisa Fernandez, a therapist in the Ohio state prison system, calls the books a must-read for children. “It’s difficult to convince a child that it’s not their fault when a parent goes away, and as important, that the parent still loves them. These stories illustrate that perfectly.”

Nee-Hall says the books have an interactive nature to them. The characters engage the child and ask the questions; the adult reader is merely the intermediary. Suzanne Tuttle, a licensed social worker, says the approach is less intimidating for the child. “These books are perfect. I love how simple, supportive, and normalising these stories are.”

Nee-Hall stresses the subject matter steers clear of politics and the vast division regarding incarceration in America. “I am not here to comment on policy. I just hope these books can help the millions of children out there dealing with the confusion of their current circumstances.”

Rachel Nee-Hall

Rachel Nee-Hall has been producing and directing television in Los Angeles for two decades. She is the founder of Silky Pants Productions, Inc. Daddy’s, Mama’s, and Peanut’s Time Out books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and select bookstores.

Press inquiries: laurah@gocwpub.com / www.rachelneehallauthor.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-nee-hall-2523165

Email: rachelneehall@yahoo.com

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Avonhurst Grows Team with New Associate Hires

Avonhurst law firm today announced four new associate hires, cementing the rapid growth that has characterised its first year.

Senior associate Joshua Swerner joins the firm from Linklaters, where he spent time in the London and Moscow offices; Tanya Macrae joins from Allen & Overy and has worked at both Latham & Watkins and Herbert Smith Freehills; Oliver Elsaesser joins as an associate from Paul Hastings and Katja Loncaric joins from the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, having previously worked in Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Avonhurst is a political risk and legal advisory firm dedicated to representing sophisticated capital. Since its launch in July 2019 by founding partner Jonathan Bloom, the firm has attracted a raft of established talent, including seven partner hires – mostly from magic circle firms – as well as hiring four leading figures from the political, financial and legal sectors as senior advisers, including Lord Barwell, tech entrepreneur Sean West, General, the Lord Houghton, Blackstone’s Andrew Dowler and Tina Fordham, formerly of Citigroup.

These have been complemented by the additions of high yield specialist Albert Aharonian, and political expert Jessica Turner who is a United States lawyer having joined out of law school and has extensive experience including working on Capitol Hill, Washington DC and at the House of Commons in London.

Jonathan Bloom, Chief Executive of Avonhurst, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Joshua, Tanya, Oliver and Katja to the firm.

While we are justifiably proud of our ability to attract established partner talent, we recognise that our long-term sustainability as a leading adviser to sophisticated capital clients requires excellence at every level.

We are committed to attracting, nurturing and growing the very best associates.”

Avonhurst Overview

Launched in 2019, Avonhurst is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of sophisticated capital by providing a bespoke offering comprising legal advisory, political strategy and capital services. A group of market-leading founders and influencers from the legal world have created a revolutionary advisory business dedicated to helping funds, capital providers, corporate borrowers and issuers, and secured lenders, navigate the complexities of ever-changing markets.

Perella Weinberg Grows Advisory Division

Perella Weinberg Partners is a global financial services firm focused on investment banking advisory services. The firm was founded in 2006 by Joseph R. Perella, Peter A. Weinberg and Terry Meguid, and went public in 2021.

PWP today announced that it has elected two individuals to join the firm’s partnership.

PWP provides strategic, financial, and tactical advice in connection with executing complex mergers, acquisitions, company sales, and corporate divestitures, including carve-outs, joint ventures, and spin-offs, and relating to takeover preparedness and defence.

Doug McGovern has more than 18 years of experience. Prior to joining PWP in January of 2010, Mr. McGovern was at BPW Acquisition Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company co-sponsored by PWP, from 2009 to 2010, where he helped lead the SPAC’s merger with Talbots, Inc.

He was previously an associate of Brooklyn NY Holdings LLC, where he worked in the firm’s principal investing business. Prior to that, Mr. McGovern worked for Windward Capital Partners from 2002-2005. Mr. McGovern began his career as an Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Cyrille Perard has more than 18 years of corporate mergers and acquisitions and investment banking experience. Prior to joining PWP in 2018, Mr. Perard was Co-Head of mergers and acquisitions for the France, Belgium and Luxembourg Region at Goldman Sachs.

He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 working in its London, San Francisco and Paris Offices.

HFW Global Law Firm Boosts Transactional Offering

HFW has continued to expand its fast-growing transactional offering with the hire of senior corporate finance partner Wing Cheung.

Wing specialises in capital markets, including initial public offerings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other transactional work. He joins HFW’s Hong Kong office from United States law firm Locke Lord, where he was Hong Kong Managing Partner.

Wing’s arrival continues HFW’s significant expansion of its global corporate and finance practices. HFW launched a transactional practice in China earlier this year and has now added 19 transactional partners across its international network since 2018, including lateral hires in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Monaco, Paris and Singapore.

Wing advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also has significant experience in regulatory enforcement and compliance, having acted on major investigations and other proceedings by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

HFW has operated in Greater China for more than 40 years, having been one of the first international law firms to open an office in the country, in 1978.

The firm now has almost 80 lawyers in Greater China, including 21 partners, and is a market leader in aviation, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, shipping, commercial litigation and corporate.

HFW also recently brought in a market-leading team to launch in Monaco – one of 11 international office openings, mergers and associations since 2016, including a fully-integrated United States merger and other moves in Brazil, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.

HFW Overview

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors.

The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

Trainee Legal Programme at Local Law Firm is a Huge Success

A training programme is a planned sequence and combination of activities designed to equip employees with knowledge and skills to become better professionals. Each training programme is aimed at achieving specific business goals. Depending on the purpose, there may be different types of training programmes.

Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers are celebrating the success of their trainee programme as another of their trainees has achieved full qualification as a solicitor.

Michael Johnson grew up in Scarborough, attending St Augustine’s School followed by Scarborough Sixth Form College.

He joined Pinkney Grunwells on a training contract in 2017 having first completed a Law and Politics degree at the University of Manchester and a Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Michael, who during his training contract gained experience in property, family and private client law, will be staying on at the law firm to become a full time member of the private client team in Scarborough, advising clients on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate and estates.

The law firm has a long history of taking on trainees and the trainee programme has grown and developed over time. With a minimum of two trainee solicitors retained at a time, new placements are recruited for annually, usually last two years and provide trainees with the chance to train across at least three areas of law.

The law firm has developed links with local education and training providers, regularly attending careers talks and events and providing work experience placements.

Opportunities are also regularly available to local young people seeking to complete apprenticeships in business administration, finance or legal services.

Teresa Bennion, Managing Partner at Pinkney Grunwells, said that recruiting talented professionals can be challenging for local businesses and for law firms in particular.

Teresa said, “We acknowledge that staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to growing local talent through our trainee programme.

We provide trainees with an environment in which they can develop the skillset needed as practising solicitors.

In a location where it can be difficult to attract qualified staff, we are proud that many have stayed on to further their career with us after they have qualified.”

6 Key Ingredients of Effective Law Firm Press Releases

Distributing press releases is an effective way to gain exposure and clients for your law firm. As the media continues to evolve in this digital age, newsrooms are shrinking or disappearing, the role of journalists is changing, and opportunities for publishing news online are diluting. The type of information getting published – especially online – also is changing. A decade ago, the chances of getting a law firm press release published verbatim were almost nil.

A press release is a piece of news or information that companies send out to inform the public about something noteworthy. Press releases are often handled by a law firms marketing department.

Press releases are no longer just a vehicle for informing journalists. Today, a press release is the complete story that your audience will see.

That makes the stakes higher than ever before.

Below is a list of key ingredients and useful elements to include when writing a law firm press release:

  • Include an attention-grabbing headline.
  • Include the most “newsworthy” information in the first two to three paragraphs – your audience may not read beyond that.
  • Emphasise what’s different about you, your firm or whatever news you’re communicating. Reporters love “firsts” and precedent-setting developments (if they are legit).
  • Insert web links to your law firm’s site and blogs, attorney biographies, and related external web pages. (Even if writers use “no-follow” links that don’t pass link juice, you will still point readers to your firm’s website where they can further engage with your content.)
  • If there’s a related video, link to that also or embed it into the press release. YouTube and Vimeo players make it easy to copy embed codes.
  • For releases about attorneys, add links to their social media platforms.
  • Provide an email address and phone number for someone knowledgeable and responsive as a media contact.
  • Employ useful content. Great storytelling is what sells a release, and these add-ons and themes will help get reporters and editors invested in your news:
  • Provide statistics, if applicable, to add timeliness and credibility to your story.
  • Add local angles. For example, if a law firm has multiple offices, consider customising releases for each office with a different market (city) dateline. In each release, quote a local attorney/office head on firmwide stories. Consider other ways to localise your release to interest journalists in each city where you want coverage.
  • Try to pivot from a current event or story in the news. For example, for a press release about a new law firm office, juxtapose it against a recent story about a downturn in new business openings in the community.
  • Relate your news to current or emerging trends in the legal industry. Reporters often are interested in piggybacking on top of what’s on the cutting edge.
  • Analyse the impact of the news or development that your release covers. Don’t just report the news about you or your firm – explain how it may affect clients, the business community, other lawyers and law firms, and other key constituents.
  • Include at least one good quote from an attorney source or the subject of the release. This adds “colour,” personalises the information, and breaks up the routine facts of “who, what, when, where and how.”

Don’t be intimidated by having to produce the perfect law firm press release every time out. By including as many key elements as possible, and hitting upon a couple of attention-grabbing content themes, you’re likely to have success in getting published and positively building the public reputations of yourself and your law firm.