, 01.26.2018 09:56 AM

Good morning, class

I’m home in Cowtown, prepping for the millionth time for Law 599.02. Intimidated does not begin to describe it.

But current events assist me. The objective of the course is to teach legal professionals how to communicate better on behalf of their clients. So, I will talk about:

  • how Patrick Brown’s lawyers perhaps could have served him better with better communications
  • how Kent Hehr might have survived if his advisors had done a better job

I’m not saying both of these men didn’t richly deserve what they got, of course: they did. I’m no Blatchford/di Manno: I don’t think you’re a genius just because you have a penis. There’s no guy in Canada who is more of a #MeToo supporter than Yours Truly.

But lawyers have a professional obligation to fearlessly represent their clients, no matter how scummy said client may be. Muttering “no comment,” or not returning a reporter’s perfectly-legitimate phone call, ain’t representing your client.

Anyway. I’m nervous – can you tell?

Off to class Professor Kinsella must go. Have a good one, everybody.


  1. Good luck Warren.
    I would be very interested in how you think political figures can redeem themselves – even if accusations prove untrue. John Munro did the right thing when he resigned when the Toronto Star defamed him with false allegations of insider trading. Even when he cleared his name, he never regained momentum.
    Politics is not fair, and leadership demands a weird combination of selflessness (to step away and protect your party when accusations are levelled at you) and ego (to put yourself out there).
    Brown made it a lot worse for himself with that undignified press conference, proving that his judgment was not that of a potential premier of Ontario

  2. Matt says:

    To be fair to Blatchford and di Manno, they weren’t the only ones who took that opinion.

    On CBC’s At Issue panel last night both Andrew Coyne and Chantal Hebert said they, as journalists were also somewhat uncomfortable with media giving people the platform to make these kind of career destroying allegations while allowing the accuser to remain anonymous.

    As Chantal said, eventually sooner or later, one of the people making the accusations anonymously will be lying.

  3. Barbara says:

    No one calls Calgary Cowtown anymore. Unless…you are from back east

  4. Charlie says:

    Christie Blatchford gets a pay check to regurgitate whatever opinions she has on any given topic onto paper and then publish them for Canadians to read.

    We talk about Twitter being a cesspool of unsolicited views and opinions injected into matters that a person has so little knowledge of, but newspapers have been giving Blatchford, Wente, Selly and so forth a living to do the same thing in a slightly formal manner.

    I’m open to analysis pieces and thoughtful perspectives on issues (Susan Delecourt, Chantel Hebert and even Coyne frequently do so) but has Blatchford ever really offered anything other than a pearl clutching disapproval of public opinion? She lives in a perpetual state of baby-boomer disappointment and concern.


    Then they wonder why print media is dying.

  5. I don’t care for this new format. A collection of news stories, maybe a review of your book, an occasional op piece? Give me the old days. The reader responses were almost as good as your offerings.

  6. Eric Weiss says:

    I saw you on CBC Calgary. Are you doing a signing of your new book while you’re in town?

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