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Silent Epidemic Destroying Lives in the United States

Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 2021 – 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 U.S., 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.

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Product liability team led by Jayme Long joins DLA Piper in Los Angeles

DLA Piper announced today that Jayme Long has joined the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory practice as a partner based in Los Angeles.

Long is a first-chair trial lawyer who defends companies faced with complex litigation matters in a broad array of areas, including product liability, premises liability, mass torts and commercial litigation. She represents companies in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, safety and maritime industries in state and federal courts across the country. In addition to Long, of counsel and certified appellate specialist Justin Sarno and associates Stephanie Peatman and Alexander Giraldo have also joined the Litigation and Regulatory practice in Los Angeles, along with paralegal Hannah Ali and trial assistant David Mitchell.

“Jayme is a deeply experienced trial attorney with an incredible range, demonstrated by a strong understanding of scientific and complex legal issues and an excellent track record in the courtroom. She and her team will add significant value and depth to our capabilities, allowing us to better serve the needs of companies operating in a wide range of sectors,” said James Brogan, US chair and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice.

“I have followed the growth of Jayme’s practice for years and am very excited that she is joining DLA Piper. She and her team complement and expand our product liability and commercial disputes offerings on the West Coast, and her addition demonstrates our continued dedication to growing our presence in Southern California,” said Angela Agrusa, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles offices.

Long joins from Dentons US LLP. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law and her B.S. from San Diego State University.

Latham advises Morpheus Space in its series seed funding round

Morpheus Space has announced the closing of its first private funding round, led by Vsquared Ventures. Others in the round include Lavrock Ventures, Airbus Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Pallas Ventures and Techstars.

The space tech start-up was founded in 2018 as a spin-off from the chair of space systems of Technical University of Dresden. The company has created the ground-breaking Spacecraft Electric Propulsion Systems, NanoFEEP, which is the smallest and most efficient satellite propulsion system that provides in-orbit mobility for the widest range of satellite sizes.

“We are proud to have had Latham’s support on this milestone transaction for Morpheus,” said Daniel Bock, Co-Founder and CEO. “For every legal discipline we needed in the U.S. and Germany, they provided an almost instantaneous solution to help make this cutting edge tech transaction an intercontinental success.”

Latham & Watkins LLP represents Morpheus Space in the transaction. The emerging companies team was led by Los Angeles associate David Pendergast, with assistance from Los Angeles associate Zach Gray. The German corporate team was led by Hamburg partner Christoph Engeler, with associate Daniel Kreutzmann. Advice was also provide on intellectual property matters by Frankfurt partner Susan Kempe-Mueller and Los Angeles partner Ghaith Mahmood; on employment matters by Munich associate Kristina Steckermeier; on German public R&D grant matters by Frankfurt associate Alexander Wilhelm; and on regulatory matters by Hamburg associate Niklas Bruggermann.

Latham began representing Morpheus Space nearly a year ago, and helped the founders Daniel and Istvan Lorincz navigate a variety of legal questions on both sides of the Atlantic, culminating in a very exciting deal that will help the Company unlock the next phase of growth in its mission.

Four DLA Piper lawyers join WILEF leadership

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that four of its lawyers have joined the leadership of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Ellen Scordino, a member of WILEF’s Global Advisory Board, will now also become a WILEF Boston co-chair, and Mariah DiGrino, Colleen Carey Gulliver and Holly Lake will join WILEF’s Global Advisory Board.

Scordino, a Boston-based partner in DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice, focuses on patent litigation, commercial matters and client counselling in the pharmaceuticals, biologics, diagnostics, biofuels and medical device industries.

DiGrino, a Real Estate partner based in Chicago, concentrates her practice in the areas of land use and zoning, public-private financing, public incentives, historic preservation, and community and economic development, as well as general real estate.

Gulliver is a New York-based partner in DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice. Her practice includes the defence of class actions in various substantive areas, such as consumer, privacy and securities litigation, for many different industries, including consumer goods and retail, transportation and technology, as well as corporate litigation and counselling, business litigation and securities enforcement matters.

Lake is a Los Angeles-based partner in DLA Piper’s Employment practice. She is an employment litigator and advisor. She has a breadth of experience defending clients across industries, not only in single/multiple plaintiff cases, but also defending employers in wage-and-hour class, collective and private attorney general representative actions under California laws and the Fair Labour Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. She also advises clients on all matters related to employment, including OFCCP compliance and affirmative action program development.

WILEF is the premier organisation for women in law exclusively dedicated to women from the largest law firms and corporate law departments in the United States.

Duane Morris launch Meals for Healthcare Heroes program

Duane Morris’ Meals for Healthcare Heroes program provided meals for more than 20,000 medical professionals in 16 cities. Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team established the initiative, funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff, to honour healthcare workers and support local restaurants.

The medical facilities and restaurants included:

  • Atlanta: Piedmont Hospital, Kale Me Crazy
  • Austin: St. David’s Medical Center, Rudy’s
  • Baltimore: University of Maryland Medical Center, Miss Shirley’s
  • Boca Raton: Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Shake Shack
  • Boston: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Saltie Girl
  • Chicago: Saint Anthony Hospital, Wishbone Chicago
  • Houston: Ben Taub Hospital, Los Tios
  • Los Angeles: Memorial Hospital of Gardena, Panda Express
  • Miami: Doctors Hospital – Baptist Health South Florida, Chick-fil-A
  • Newark: Saint Michael’s Medical Center, SuzyQue’s BBQ & Bar
  • New York: Mount Sinai West, Shake Shack
  • Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Murray’s Deli
  • Pittsburgh: UPMC Shadyside, Market Street Grocery
  • San Diego: Stepping Stone of San Diego, Sisters Pizza
  • San Francisco: Laguna Honda Hospital, West of Pecos
  • Wilmington: ChristianaCare, Olympic Subs and Steaks

About the Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team

The Duane Morris COVID-19 Strategy Team advises clients on all aspects of the legal issues and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic including contractual, employment, insurance and healthcare issues. Duane Morris attorneys are fielding inquiries and providing advice in a wide range of areas, including human resources, travel and transportation, immigration and border entry, hospital and healthcare operations, medical and pharmaceutical supply, FDA, food handling and preparation, OSHA, ADA compliance, data privacy, HIPAA, environmental and EPA, international transactions, shipping, supply chain and logistics, financial reporting, insurance liability, real estate issues, including landlord and tenant matters, and all types of contracts and quasi-contracts. Duane Morris has established a blog dedicated to COVID-19 issues and is distributing Alerts and sharing information via webinars and media interviews.

Latham & Watkins advises Inari Medical in upsized IPO

Inari Medical, Inc., a commercial-stage medical device company focused on developing products to treat and transform the lives of patients suffering from venous diseases, has announced the pricing of its upsized initial public offering of 8,202,565 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of US$19.00 per share, for total gross proceeds of approximately US$156 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses. All of the shares are being offered and sold by Inari. In addition, Inari has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,230,384 shares of common stock at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. Inari’s common stock began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on May 22, 2020 under the symbol “NARI.”

Latham & Watkins LLP represents Inari Medical, Inc. in the initial public offering with a capital markets team led by Orange County partner Shayne Kennedy and New York partner Nathan Ajiashvili, with Orange County associates Ross McAloon, Eric Hanzich, and Jacob Walsh. Advice was also provided on benefits and compensation matters by Los Angeles partner Michelle Carpenter, with Orange County associates Sara Schlau and Gabrielle Masse; on tax matters by Los Angeles partner Samuel Weiner, with Orange County associate Janet Hsu; on intellectual property matters by Bay Area partner Judith Hasko, with San Diego associate Robert Yeh; and on regulatory matters by Washington, D.C. partner Elizabeth Richards and Brussels partner Hector Armengod, with Bay Area counsel Betty Pang, Washington, D.C. counsel Nicole Liffrig Molife, Washington, D.C. associate Chad Jennings and New York associate Heath Ingram.