From the Desk of LFMP President Joshua Peck

June 19, 2017

My almost kinda last note of the school year….

Many, many thanks to all those who helped make Wednesday night’s final, huge gathering of the 15th LFMP year so great. Arielle Lapiano and her team at Paul Hastings provided us with beautiful space, superb sound, and food that will not soon be forgotten. Love that guacamole. And thanks for the scrumptious cheesecake! You shouldn’t have (even though I demanded it).

American Lawyer brass: Executive Editor Gina Passarella; Managing Editor Emily Barker; Global Managing Editor and Head of the Litigation Desk Melissa Hoffmann; and Deputy Editor for the Business of Law Brian Baxter were a great panel, leading us into American Lawyer’s newest ideas, how to approach them with stories, what NOT to do on a pitch, and plans for the year ahead. A good deal on their pet peeves, too, always helpful in keeping us on the straight and narrow. The audiofile, of course, is right here: www.If_you_want_to_hear_the_content_I_guess_you’ll_have_to_show_up.com

It was a great year with compelling guests ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Experts on Sports and Law, to Law 360’s panel, to our own group’s homegrown experts on content, crisis and excitement. Oooo, and Ari Melber, too! The Board had its first plenary meeting for next year just last week, and some programs are already in formation. Your fresh, impertinent ideas are most welcome in my inbox, or those of any of the board.

And speaking of the Board, my thanks to all of them for their continued support, leadership on programs, and non-stop razzing about my age and ego. Jeez, some people, they just never stop……Oh, wait. Thanks so much, Maziel Abrego (Vedder Price), David Brooks (of McCarter English); Catherine Hausman (Paul Weiss), Xenia Kobylarz, (soon to be of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, leaving King & Spalding), Susan Peters (Greybridge P.R.) and newest board member, Amy Fantini of Weil Gotshal. You are all appreciated more than I probably ever get around to saying. I am pleased and proud to call you not only colleague, but friend.


2017-’18 HOSTS NEEDED: Many of you have been the targets of my calls, imploring you and your firms to host our events. How about, this time, you offer without the begging? Certainly, any firm that regularly sends its people to meetings can afford to host and feed us once every year or 18 months. Would you kindly ask your overseers about hosting us next year? We’ve never canceled one for lack of venue, but we came close twice this last year. Let’s get our venues in place. Midtown space preferred, but downtown is doable in a pinch. End of nagging. Please contact me with your availability.


LFMP Mentoring Program, Second Round!

A few years back, we ran a very successful pairing of mentors and mentees, with duos meeting by phone and in person several times each (sometimes dozens!) as the mentees tried to a) improve their skills; b) figure out how to move up in their firms or in the profession; c) tackle difficulties that come up on the job gracefully and politically; d) whatever!

We’d like to do that again. If you have four or fewer years’ experience, or even if you have more but think you’d benefit from meeting with a senior practitioner, Put “LFMP Seeking a Mentor” in the re line, and drop me a note, being as specific as possible about the kind of support you’re looking for.

If you are a veteran communicator/marketer/genius (let’s say 7 years +?) and you’d like to be of service, please put 'LFMP Seeking a Mentee' in the re line, and tell me what you have to offer. I’ll do the pairing, confidentially, so send it to me directly, not to the LFMP address.

As I hope you know, I’m at jpeck@duanemorris.com

Both mentees and mentors can be either from the in-house law firm side or agency side.. All brains will be useful. Journalists looking to join the Dark Side welcome, too.


LFMP BEANTOWN:

A revived Boston presence is planned for LFMP, so if you either go there to visit your office, or know someone who should know, please send me names and addresses, and I will forward to the Boston leadership. While I’m at it, many thanks to John Buchanan of Reed Smith, who re-started the San Fran chapter last year, and Beth Huffman, who plugs on wonderfully with the Washington chapter. London’s chapter is up and running wonderfully for more than two years now, thanks to Infinite Global in London! Houston? South Florida? Los Angeles? We’re waiting…

FINAL, DEEP THANK YOU BOWS:

You wouldn’t be seeing this information, wouldn’t know about our meetings, wouldn’t have a place to go on those weekday nights, if not for the outstanding support and hand-holding provided year-round by Jamie Diaferia (newly named one of 540 Game-Changers in P.R. by PR NEWS!) and his tri-coastal firm, Infinite Global. They have provided all the administrative back-up for our emails, attendee lists, and job listings for years now, and we literally wouldn’t exist or survive without them. Infinite’s fee, of course, has been a whopping zero dollars and zero cents. Their woman on the front line is Sophie Cikovsky, who I hope is blushing as she reads and sends this. She is always present, and makes changes happen quickly and adjusts to all kinds of unexpected development. Thanks so much, Sophie! Come visit from that Place-on-the-Bay
AND:
Pedro Vega of Animus Rex, unsung hero: Pedro and his team have been running our website for several few years, asking for no money or thanks. They can’t have the former, but they have the latter, and most sincerely. It can’t be easy to work with us and all our ridiculous changes and updates. Oh, and those job listings.

Their custom website for your perusal is here: It will show you how very good they are:
https://www.animusrex.com/lfmp

Please think of them when you’re looking for a “do” or a “redo.”

Over and out, till we meet in September.