What Do The Oscars And The Legal Profession Have In Common?

“Don’t let a win get to your head or a loss to your heart / Nonsense perseveres, prayers laced with fear / Beware, two triple O is near.”Chuck D, Public Enemy


This week, Fast Company’s Jared Lindzon listed diversity and inclusion as one of the Top 5 Business Challenges of 2016. Although the Oscars Committee (aka the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) may have not received the memo, hopefully the legal profession is up for the challenge.

The legal profession isn’t any more diverse than Hollywood, but we should at least admit or recognize that a diverse and inclusive culture is good for the bottom line.

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Eight Men Are Now As Wealthy As Half Of The World; Here Is A Framework For Understanding International Economic Policies

“Just eight individuals, all men, own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population, Oxfam said on Monday in a report calling for action to curtail rewards for those at the top.” – Fortune



A portrait of Kipling by John Collier, ca. 1891.

Rudyard Kipling, 18651936

If you can keep your head when all about you
   Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
   But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
   Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
   And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
   If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
   And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
   Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
   And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
   And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
   And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
   To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
   Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
   Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
   If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run—
   Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!