Mehri & Skalet’s Reading List Features Some Familiar Faces

Looking to add to your reading list? If you’re interested in learning more about whistleblowing or diversity and inclusion, M&S has just the book for you. Yes, we might be a little biased since our lawyers are connected to these titles, but we strongly recommend checking out these page- turners, which are both available this month, as well as a recent op-ed.

The Buzz Around Diversity

diversityAward-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk is back with a new book, “Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion Dollar Business”, about a buzzworthy topic that has become a major talking point in American culture. From academia to Hollywood to corporations, institutions are striving to ensure their teams represent America’s real-world racial and ethnic diversity.

“Diversity Inc.” grapples with heavy subject matter and questions why progress is as slow as it has been. The book examines elite institutions’ penchant for promising rhetoric on diversity, questioning the inaction that usually follows.

In a recent TIME article, Ms. Newkirk wrote, “People of color- who make up nearly 40% of the U.S. population-remain acutely underrepresented in most influential fields.” Ms. Newkirk also quoted M&S Partner Cyrus Mehri in the article: “When you keep choosing the options on the menu that don’t create change, you’re purposely not creating change.”

Ms. Newkirk is a professor of journalism at New York University and author of “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media”, which won the National Press Club Award for media criticism. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Diversity Inc.” will be released on October 22 through the Hachette Book Group and is available for pre-order on Amazon. You can come meet the author and hear a reading at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. on November 4 @ 7pm or on one of her other stops in Chicago and New York. For a full list of the book tour, click here.

The Age of the Whistleblower

crisis of conscienceEarlier this month, New York Times bestselling author Tom Mueller published his new title Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud. M&S’s Richard Condit and Cleveland Lawrence III were Cyrus Mehri, Cleveland Lawrence III, Tom Mueller
and Richard Condit interviewed by Mr. Mueller for the book.

“‘Crisis of Conscience’ is an immersive learning experience covering both the history and modern developments of whistleblowing.Importantly, Mueller’s book reminds us of the often severe sacrifices whistleblowers endure to expose wrongdoing — sacrifices we are watching play out in the current political climate. Anyone who is or is thinking about becoming a whistleblower should read ‘Crisis of Conscience’ and, if possible, seek legal advice before blowing the whistle,” said Richard Condit.

Cyrus Mehri, Cleveland Lawrence III, Tom Mueller and Richard ConditSpeaking to The New Yorker, Mr. Mueller noted the rise of whistleblowing over the last decade and that we are living through “the age of the whistleblower.” The Washington Post praised the book, writing, “Mueller confronts readers with the depressing but undeniable evidence of our country’s ethical descent.” Mr. Mueller also appeared on the Al Jazeera program AJ Stream to describe his experience of interviewing more than 200 whistleblowers for his book.

M&S was honored to host Mr. Mueller earlier this month at our D.C. office for a book signing event and a lively conversation about the importance of whistleblowing in the corporate and political worlds.

Mr. Mueller is a New York Times best-selling author of the book Extra Virginity – an account of the culture, history, and fraud in the olive oil industry. His new book is available through Penguin Random House and Amazon. For a list of his book tour,
which includes the west coast this month, visit here.

OpEd: Crime Fraud Exception is Trouble for Giuliani

politico magDon’t have time to read a full book but want to keep up on current events? Check out this new op-ed in POLITICO where Cyrus Mehri,Richard Condit and Cleveland Lawrence III explain Why Giuliani and Trump Can’t Hide Behind Attorney-Client Privilege.

The piece, which draws upon their experience as whistleblower lawyers, breaks down the argument about why Trump and his
personal lawyer could likely face the “crime-fraud exception” if they use the attorney-client privilege defense. They write:

“The evidence of Giuliani as adviser and co-conspirator to violate federal election laws and the Logan Act is substantial. The evidence demands application of the crime-fraud exception if Giuliani cites attorney-client privilege to avoid providing key evidence during the impeachment inquiry. As a once-esteemed member of the bar and federal prosecutor, Giuliani should avoid being a real-life Tom Hagen-a consigliere helping to break, not uphold, the law.”

Read the full POLITICO op-ed here.