Corporate Counsel’s reporters are an ambitious bunch.
Our senior reporters, in particular, have years of experience on newspaper business desks. One of them, Lisa
Shuchman, spent a fair amount of time in Japan, while
Sue Reisinger ran the front page of newspapers in Miami
and taught feature writing at the college level.
All that means that they bring a certain level of
insight and analysis to this magazine and website. What
makes me especially appreciative is how they look at the
news and trends and can figure out which events are
especially relevant to you, our readers.
This month’s cover story is a good example. Reisinger has been reporting on financial institutions and
their tribulations since the economic crisis hit back in
2008. She’s been assiduously cultivating sources and
reporting on the regulatory response to the burst real
estate bubble, the Federal Reserve response, the misdeeds of various banks and the success (or not) of the
general counsel and monitors to cultivate a culture of
compliance after the fall.
The current story is one of her periodic wrap-up jobs.
Online, Reisinger has been reporting on bits and pieces
of the bigger story as it happens. I read every single one,
and every now and then, we chat. Is there a trend? Can
we sum up what’s happened so far? Would in-house
lawyers learn from what we’ve got? If there
are enough “yes” responses, we proceed.
I think you’ll see that after all the
fines and compliance programs and
supervision, not a whole lot has
changed on Wall Street, just a block
from our editorial offices. (Outside
the exchange, we have to wade
through throngs of tourists with
selfie sticks, but that’s for
another story …) You’ll
have to turn to the feature on page 54 for the
All of this is a
long lead-in for the
and Shuchman have
garnered more than
praise this summer.
The American Society of Business Publication Editors
has recognized the pair in their annual awards competition. Shuchman won a national silver award for her
monthly column, IP Insider, which takes a hard look at
the world of intellectual property and how it plays out
for in-house counsel.
And Reisinger garnered a national gold award for
another culmination-type story, “The Lawyers Were
Here.” The piece was an analysis of the General Motors
Co. ignition lock scandal and the inadequate response
of the company’s legal department. Talk about lessons:
The lawyers at first tried to look the other way as reports
came in about deaths and injuries linked to cars shutting
down on the road, disabling their steering and other systems, and then tried to play hardball with the families
of the injured.
We’re incredibly proud of Lisa and Sue, and we
pledge to continue to bring you more insightful, savvy,
clear-eyed analysis of the business and legal world in
which you work.
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