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BLJ Editor’s Notebook: Legal honor for Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Adam Zyglis

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Michael Petro
Editor/Reporter Buffalo Law Journal- Buffalo Business First


A week after winning journalism’s most prestigious award, Buffalo cartoonist Adam Zyglis was in front of the legal community accepting another honor.

Receiving the Pulitzer Prize was a clear sign of the profound effect his cartoons have on readers and the connection he is able to make using few words. The latest award given to the staff member of The Buffalo News indicated that, in the process, his work hit a chord with those in the legal community.

Zyglis received the Media Award during Law Day festivities presented by the Bar Association of Erie County at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The award given at the April 29 luncheon recognized his “exceptional achievement in the media which strengthens our system of justice under the law.”

Zyglis said he is no different from other cartoonists who feel a strong obligation to defend not only free speech but First Amendment and constitutional rights. In doing so, he finds that nearly half of what he comments on in a cartoon has a legal dimension to it.

“We sort of hold the line for free speech as editorial cartoonists,” said Zyglis, 32, who’s been with The News for 11 years.

He was hired as a fresh-faced college graduate who had been interning in the art department at the daily newspaper for three months.

In his time at the newspaper, free speech is among the many issues Zyglis has taken on, especially in light of the massacre of staff members — cartoonists like himself — at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France. Two gunmen killed 12 people during the January terrorist attack. They claimed it was revenge for controversial cartoons lampooning religious symbols of Islam.

Michael Petro is editor and reporter for the Buffalo Law Journal

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5 things you need to know today, and what Comcast is streaming about


Five things you need to know today.

Jeff Blumenthal
Reporter- Philadelphia Business Journal


Here’s What’s Happening today:

1. You can watch on your phone while someone watches at home. Comcast announces new live-streaming app.

2. And the champion is … Vanguard Group has dethroned PIMCO to become home to the world’s largest mutual bond fund.

3. You can never be big enough. This seems like the mantra of law firms these days. Cozen O’Connor adds 10 in DC for new state attorneys general practice.

4. It did what had to be done, he says. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: Comcast made the right call bailing on Time Warner deal.

5. To branch or not to branch. That is the question banks are asking themselves. PNC, TD, Bank of America, First Niagara among the biggest net gainers and losers of branches.

WEATHER: Partly Cloudy. High 84. Low 64.

Jeff Blumenthal covers banking, insurance and law.

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Bill that could have delayed Aurora Gaylord hotel project dies in Colorado Legislature

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An artist’s rendering of the water park proposed for the Gaylord Rockies hotel and convention center project in Aurora.

Ed Sealover
Reporter- Denver Business Journal

Capitol Business blog

Aurora’s Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center project still has obstacles to overcome. But a measure in the Colorado Legislature that could have slowed its development no longer is one of them.

Sponsors of a bill that likely would have required city leaders to seek public approval before proceeding with the construction of the 1,500-room hotel/conference center killed their own proposal on Monday.

They said that the process of amending and passing the bill proved to be more difficult than they expected and that they have to concentrate on other priorities before the Legislature adjourns on Wednesday.

Democratic senators cheered the announcement when it was made around 10:30 p.m.

Senate Bill 284 — sponsored by Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, and Majority Leader Mark Scheffel, R-Parker — would have required any city that declared agricultural land blighted in order to include it in an urban-renewal district to seek a vote of its residents before transferring tax-increment financing to the district.

While Scheffel and Cadman emphasized that the bill was meant to close a loophole in a five-year-old law that had attempted to ban ag-land blighting, Aurora leaders said it was clearly targeted to stop the Gaylord project, especially by including within its oversight any district that has not set its base tax-increment revenue levels by May 7.

Scheffel said late Monday that he and Cadman attempted to clarify through amendments to the bill that Aurora would not be affected by the change in law after an emotional hearing on Wednesday in which more than 50 people came to testify against SB 284.

Ed Sealover covers government, health care, tourism, airlines, hospitality and restaurants for the Denver Business Journal and writes for the “Capitol Business” blog. Phone: 303-803-9229.

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Spotlight: Courtney Sparks White, Clarus Partners

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Courtney Sparks White is a partner at Clarus Partners.

Laura Newpoff
Assistant Managing Editor-Digital- Columbus Business First


Courtney Sparks White, partner, business valuation and forensic accounting, Clarus Partners

Age: 35

Vitals: Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, minor in financial economics from Vanderbilt University, J.D. and LL.M (taxation) from Capital University Law School. My entire career has been spent at accounting/consulting firms focusing on business valuation and litigation support. I started at a regional firm, then moved to a boutique consulting firm during which time I went to law school at night, and I have been at Clarus Partners since 2010.

Why this business: I love challenges, and no day ever is the same.

Hometown: Lancaster

Stress relievers: Exercise.

Most admire in business: My parents – they are fearless and generous.

Best part of job: The people I get to work with – co-workers, clients and other advisers.

Biggest job challenge: There are not enough hours in the day.

Best compliment anyone could give you: A referral.

Like about Central Ohio: The golf courses.

Person you’d most like to meet, living or dead: C.S. Lewis

Favorite book: Any book my boys pull off the shelf and ask me to read.

Most interesting place you’ve traveled and why: Italy. The Sistine Chapel is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Favorite drink: Gin Gimlet

Sports team: Atlanta Falcons

Dream car: Any car that would come with a personal driver.

Personal heroes: My husband, who has one of the hardest jobs on the planet as a stay-at-home parent. He does an amazing job taking care of our boys and me, always with patience and love.

If you won the lottery tomorrow: The animal shelter where we got both of our dogs would be the nicest around.

Laura Newpoff co-directs daily online coverage for Columbus Business First.

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Beaverton charity head sentenced for $4M fraud


Brian Brown was found guilty of conspiracy and money laundering charges.

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Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor- Portland Business Journal


The former president of National Relief Charities, acknowledging that he lost his moral compass, will spend three years in prison.

The Oregonian reports that Brian Brown will serve the sentence after being convicted of a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and transactional money laundering.

Brown was arrested at Portland International Airport in October 2013.

Brown had stepped down in 2005 as president of National Relief Charities, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Native Americans, to form a nonprofit called Charity One. He then had National Relief Charities fund Charity One with $4 million, according to the Department of Justice, Oregon Division.

Instead, prosecutors said Brown and unnamed co-conspirators used the $4 million for personal benefit.

The Oregonian said Brown’s actions prevented hundreds of Native Americans from the chance of receiving college scholarships.

Andy is the Portland Business Journal’s digital managing editor, overseeing the daily digital news operation.

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Pope & Land general counsel Tom Burch heads to Morris, Manning & Martin

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Pope Land Enterprises Inc. General Counsel Thomas Burch left to join Morris, Manning Martin LLP as special counsel in its Commercial Real Estate Development Finance group.

Prior to joining the Atlanta mixed-use developer in 2008, Burch was in private practice for 30 years working in Georgia, Illinois and Japan. His practice focuses on representing developers and investors in mixed-use and office developments, as well as in joint ventures and other equity investments.

“Tom has incredible experience with some of the largest mixed-use projects in the country, which fits perfectly with the scope of the clients we represent,” said Morris, Manning Martin Founder John “Sonny” Morris.

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Moses & Pate adds a third attorney

Moses Pate has added its third attorney.

Richard Paugh recently joined the firm to practice in business law, wills, trusts and estate planning. Criminal law also is one of Paugh’s practice areas.

Paugh, a Wichita native, is a licensed attorney in Kansas and Oklahoma. He obtained his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

He spent seven years at IMA specializing in risk management, claims and contract formation before joining Moses Pate.

David Moses and Chris Pate formed that firm in April 2014 with the dissolution of Case, Moses Zimmerman.

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