The beautiful bubbly girl Malvika Sharma, who entered the Telugu film industry with Ravi Teja’s Nela Ticket, is now expecting to make a mark with her second Telugu film, Red. Talking about Red, which stars Ram Pothineni in the lead role, Malvika says ,“When I started working for Nela Ticket, I was interning in Hyderabad for my LLB course and director Ravi Kishore sir had messaged me. I heard the narration, did a costume look test and dialogue audition, and was finalised. The first film was a learning experience for me and that was easy as I was myself. But in this film, I am not what I am outside,” says Malvika who engaged a Telugu tutor to learn the dialogues for the film.
Drawing comparison between Ravi Teja and Ram, Malvika says, “Ravi Teja sir and Ram are both very energetic people, but they are different — on the sets, Ravi sir is a super fun man, while Ram is very reserved; he gives the co-artiste time to adjust, he saves his energy for the take, and in one take, he gives it all. That’s why, he is called energetic star,” says Malvika who shot two songs in Italy just five days ahead of lockdown.
It was in the first week of March that Red crew flew to Italy to shoot the songs. But then, they were unaware of the spread of coronavirus. “While I was travelling from India, I was wearing mask in flight. I felt ‘I am going to Europe, why should I be sacred… there wouldn’t be any cases’. I didn’t use any sanitisers in Italy. I only used them in India and upon returning after five days, I realised there were so many cases reported in Italy and thank God nothing happened to us,” said Malvika, who completed her LLB and is now about to pursue her LLM.
Malvika believes that education is a key to a wider world and she prefers having two careers at a time. Elaborating further, Malvika said, “My grandfather was a lawyer. When he passed away, I wanted to become like him and take his legacy forward. But my dad is from Mathura, and there girls don’t choose law. They have a feeling that if a girl is a lawyer, she will not get married. My daddy wanted me to do CA or an alternative to that. And he said if you want to do law, you have to pay your own money and fees. That’s how I started to give auditions, tried for jobs in call centres, did ad films, and thus started paying my fees.
The young actor also enrolled herself in acting workshops and “enjoyed it”. “And for all this, my mom was a huge support,” says Malvika who has received her licence from Bar Council of India and will soon be giving her All-India Bar exams.
On the work front, Malvika has a Tamil project in her kitty and wishes to do films with Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, and Prabhas. On a lighter note, when asked what does she choose if she gets a movie with All Arjun and an important criminal case, she confidentially concludes saying, “I am good at multi-tasking and will adjust the dates accordingly.”
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White & Case, which ranks consistently among the top law firms in the world, was founded in 1901 by two Wall Street lawyers, Justin DuPratt White and George B. Case.
Despite its Big Apple roots, the firm has established a global presence, with 44 offices in 30 countries. Named Vault’s best law firm for its international practice, it’s renowned for its multi-jurisdictional cases and transactions, with a client roster that ranges from major financial institutions like Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank to tech juggernauts like Facebook and Uber.
Aside from interviewing students through campus OCIs, White & Case has also opened up two additional routes for applying to its summer program. The first is a direct application through its employment portal, which includes virtual screening interviews using the recruitment automation and video-interviewing platform, LaunchPad, where candidates can record answers to five questions like “why White & Case?” and “what makes you a good candidate?”
The firm is also collecting resumes from schools whose OCIs it won’t be attending, expanding the pool of candidates it receives applications from.
Regardless of which method students use to apply to White & Case, here are some tips that two of the firm’s hiring partners and two external recruiters say are key to impressing interviewers.
Learn about White & Case — and focus on what appeals to you personally
The ability to speak about the firm, and, more importantly, what specifically about the firm attracts you to it is crucial, said Joseph Brazil, US hiring partner at White & Case. This is especially important since interviewers know candidates are also likely speaking with other firms.
“A candidate can put their best foot forward in the interview process if they can show that they have an understanding about the firm: some of the work we’ve done — the cases, the transactions — what we’ve done in the field of social responsibility, and so on,” he said.
Brazil also recommends doing your homework by taking advantage of your school’s career services, who he says have a “very good feel” for discerning the differences between the Big Law firms.
While the website is always a good place to start when it comes to getting to know a firm, you don’t need to read everything on it, advised Ru Bhatt, a partner at the recruiting company Major, Lindsey & Africa who’s worked with the firm for 12 years.
“There is such a thing as overpreparation,” Bhatt said. “Look for the firm’s strengths, and which ones appeal to you. That’s what’s going to set you apart from other candidates.”
Networking with alumni at your law school and any connections at the firm you’re interviewing at is another great way to get first-hand information about a law firm.
“Informational interviewing is all the rage, especially right now with the pandemic,” said Bhatt. “Everyone has a few minutes to chat.”
When reaching out to people, Bhatt advises that you make it easy for the person you’re requesting to chat with by suggesting a few times that would work for both parties, making sure you’re on time, taking notes, and following through on any advice they give you.
And, while you should apply to any position through the correct channels, whether it’s through a school’s OCI or through a firm’s employment portal, let the person you networked with know that you applied.
Understand the firm’s global and collaborative culture
One of the things that you should pay attention to when researching White & Case in particular is its global nature.
Even though the firm has lawyers spread across more than 40 offices around the world, every office is “very connected” with the others, said Heather McDevitt, partner and member of the executive team at White & Case.
“We may be geographically spread out, but we’re very integrated, given the structure of the firm,” McDevitt said, explaining that practices are not organized by individual offices, but by region. An attorney in the firm’s banking group working out of the New York office would collaborate with attorneys at other offices within the Americas, for example.
As a result, the ability to collaborate with a team is essential at White & Case.
Brazil, the hiring partner, added that the skill of diplomatically managing across differences within a team, with clients, and with lawyers “who may be working on the proverbial ‘other side of the table'” is important.
Language skills other than English, while not required, can really help a candidate’s case, too, he said.
White & Case also values an ‘entrepreneurial’ mindset
In addition to someone who works well with others, the firm looks for candidates who have what McDevitt calls an “entrepreneurial” spirit.
“We were the first New York firm to expand globally, and we want people who are attracted to that type of building,” McDevitt said.
Nicole Spira, a partner and cofounder of Cardinal Search Partners, said that White & Case’s ideal candidate is an “ambitious go-getter” who takes initiative. “It’s important to be business-minded — not just knowing how to work at your desk, but also think from a client’s perspective,” she said.
This is especially important given how central developing client relationships is to the business of law firms, explained Spira, who’s worked with White & Case for 11 years.
Ace the interview with thoughtful preparation
As they prepare for the interview, Brazil recommends that candidates consider this: “How do I calibrate my message of who I am based on the information I collected about the firm?”
By thinking carefully about what stood out as they researched the firm, candidates can express their interest “in an authentic way,” which interviewers have been trained to gauge.
While the direction of the interview itself can be fluid based on the resume and how the conversation unfolds, some questions interviewers might ask include:
How have you dealt with a challenging client or person?
How have you dealt with a situation where there seems to be chaos, and how did you apply an organizing principle when there were no clear instructions from your supervisor?
How did you deal with a situation where certain members of a team weren’t cooperating?
How have you adapted to situations that require a level of nimbleness?
Both Spira and Brazil suggest practicing with video interviewing and paying attention to body positioning and eye contact — even through a webcam.
“It’s so important for establishing a point of connection,” Spira said, adding that asking meaningful questions that show a sincere interest in the firm, and smiling — “people always forget to smile!” — are other ways of connecting with interviewers.
So you’ve landed the job. Now what?
Once you make it to White & Case, taking initiative and leveraging the resources available are keys to success.
McDevitt said that summer associates should start building an internal network by looking for opportunities to work with as many different people as possible, across different offices in the firm’s global network.
Since the summer associate program will likely be at least partially remote in 2021, Spira added that it’s especially important to make sure you’re visible by asking questions and being proactive.
And, of course, socialize to build those connections, advised Bhatt. “It’s a little harder to do with the pandemic, but it’s incumbent on you to meet the firm halfway with their integration efforts,” he said.
Luckily, the serial killer inspiration for “To Hell…and Back” is not still on the loose. In 2002, the pig farmer Robert William Pickton was arrested in Canada and later charged with 26 accounts of murder. He was convicted on six of them. According to Murderpedia, there were claims that he fed his victims, who were sex workers and drug addicts from Vancouver, to his pigs. The case sparked outrage at how the police handled the missing person cases of these women, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, particularly with regards to prejudice against sex workers and Indigenous women.
The Criminal Minds episode addressed this somewhat, as the on-screen victims were mostly either homeless, sex workers, or drug addicts taken from Detroit and brought to Canada. The show also had agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) comment on the poor quality of the Detroit police investigation. It definitely seems that the episode’s plot was uncomfortably familiar to locals who were near the real-life location, as seen on Reddit, where user bigmoneyspender8 posted a thread about this episode, remarking that they live only a five-minute drive from the real farm’s location, a reality which bigmoneyspender8 says “still freaks me out.” Several other fans commented on how disturbing the episode was, with user TemperatureDizzy3257 saying it’s even more so now that they know it’s based on a true story.
On the other hand, some fans actually find this episode problematic in a different way, in part because of how it depicted the Canadian police and the developmentally disabled perpetrator. It’s certainly a notably disturbing episode to watch, in a series full of grisly murders.
Governor Whitmer signed a number of bills into law Monday addressing jail and criminal justice reform in the state.
Much of the legislation has been in the works since 2019.
The package of bills signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer address a number of issues in Michigan’s criminal justice system, including certain mandatory minimum sentences, reclassifying many traffic misdemeanors as civil violations as well as changes in the juvenile system.
“I think the bonding issues are starting to be addressed, I think it’s imperative we not set bonds that are out of reach for people, and come to a recognition that you’re still innocent until proven guilty which is hard, I’m delighted to see the homes youthful offender act has been expanded but the problem becomes whether the courts will use it or not,” said Traverse City Attorney Craig W. Elhart.
The legislation received bipartisan support in Lansing after the state’s jail taskforce began looking at changes they believed Michigan needed to make.
“The Michigan Sheriff’s Association worked hand in hand with a lot of these, and I think we worked out a lot of details that we felt should be changed. Some of the minor offenses like the driving with no license, we still have the option to bring them in to positively identify them, yet we don’t arrest them where before we could arrest them for not having their driver’s license,” said Clare County Sheriff John Wilson.
But even with these changes, it’s likely not the last time the state lawmakers will visit this issue.
“Everyone that I’ve met has a problem in some fashion, and I think it’s imperative that we understand that you just can’t criminalize everything all the time, and start giving people a fresh start,” said Elhart.
The governor did not sign a bill that would have allowed for first time drunk driving offenses to be expunged from someone’s record.
A boutique investment bank founded by alumni of Lehman Brothers and Barclays asked a judge to stop one of its oil-and-gas dealmakers from going to work at Citigroup until June, saying Citi is already angling for a key client.
Intrepid Financial Partners sued on January 1 to try to stop a former managing director from taking his acquisition and divestiture skills and contacts to Citibank until June, when his noncompete agreement will lapse. The suit was filed shortly after a similar case Intrepid brought against Fernandez was dismissed on December 30.
But Fernandez already started at Citi, his lawyers said in a Tuesday court filing. The bank said his start date was December 31. Fernandez’s lawyers said the new case should be dismissed and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators, who are separately hearing the dispute, should decide whether there should be any consequences.
“By now filing this lawsuit, Plaintiff is engaging in transparent and blatant forum-shopping and attempting to take yet a third bite at the apple,” the lawyers wrote.
Intrepid said Fernandez was bound by a six-month noncompete after he departed on November 30. It alleged that he wouldn’t disclose where he was moving. The bank added that it learned he was hired by Citi only after it was reported in the media in November and Stephen Trauber, a vice chairman and head of global energy at Citi, began contacting executives at a major Intrepid client to try to use Fernandez’s hiring to win more work.
Citi declined to comment other than to confirm Fernandez’s start date.
Skip McGee, Intrepid’s CEO, said in a court filing that Fernandez also knew about a number of Intrepid’s confidential acquisition and divestiture deals and opportunities, and could take them to Citi.
“The client information and valuation information associated with the A&D work Intrepid is performing for those clients is non-public and anyone with access to that information that leaves Intrepid and goes to a competitor can do some real damage to Intrepid,” he said in the filing.
Intrepid has gotten work on a number of major energy-industry bankruptcies this year. It was hired with Rothschild & Co. to help Lonestar Resources US restructure in an engagement that could result in a shared fee of over $5 million, according to a court filing. Intrepid had also been engaged in the bankruptcies of Chesapeake Energy, Chaparral Energy, Fieldwood Energy, and Rosehill Resources, the filing said.
McGee and Christopher Winchenbaugh founded Intrepid in 2015 after having worked in the upper ranks of Barclays and Lehman Brothers for more than a decade. Their boutique, which has about 47 employees in Houston and New York, has worked on $100 billion in transactions, according to past announcements.
The New York state judge assigned to hear the January 1 case hasn’t made any rulings yet. In a related case Intrepid filed last year, Fernandez said he left because the firm expected him to generate an unrealistic amount of business and because his bonus for 2019 was two-thirds lower than he thought it would be. That case was dismissed December 30.
Intrepid also filed an arbitration claim against Fernandez in November with FINRA, and a decision is expected this month.
Intrepid is represented by the law firm Baker Hostetler, and Fernandez has been represented by Nixon Peabody.
For 11 seasons, Thomas Gibson played BAU unit chief Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner on Criminal Minds. But after two brief appearances in season 12, the actor and his character abruptly vanished from the show, leaving fans reeling. The CBS crime drama explained his absence by saying Hotch was on a “special assignment.” But in real life, Gibson had been fired from the series because of his behavior on set.
Thomas Gibson had an altercation with a ‘Criminal Minds’ producer
Gibson’s long career on Criminal Minds came to a sudden end in August 2016, when he was fired after an incident involving a producer on the show, Variety reported. The actor — who is also known for starring in the sitcom Dharma & Greg — apparently kicked a producer after they had a dispute about a line of dialogue that Gibson believed didn’t make sense.
In an interview with People after his firing, Gibson described the altercation as relatively minor.
“He came into that room and started coming towards me. As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg,” Gibson shared. “If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it.”
CBS apparently thought it was more than a small disagreement, giving Gibson the boot after the incident.
The actor who played Hotch had clashed with the ‘Criminal Minds’ cast and crew before
The incident between the producer and Gibson was not the first time the actor displayed bad behavior on the set of the popular series. Variety reported that he had previously been sent to anger management classes after allegedly shoving an assistant director. Industry sources also told the publication Gibson was “verbally abusive” to both his fellow cast members and the show’s crew. The publication also noted that Gibson had been arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2010.
One cast member who Gibson supposedly did not always get along with was Shemar Moore, who played agent Derek Morgan. The two performers apparently clashed over Moore’s habit of arriving late to the set, according to a follow-up report from Variety. Moore left the show after season 11, though he made guest appearances in season 12 and 13.
What has Thomas Gibson done since leaving ‘Criminal Minds’?
Since his unexpected exit from Criminal Minds, Gibson’s career has been relatively quiet, according to IMDb. In 2017, he appeared in the film Axis. The movie was directed by his Criminal Minds co-star Aisha Taylor. He also starred in a pilot for a TV show called Shadow Wolves. He plays the head of a NSA terrorism unit who runs an elite unit of Native American trackers who work for the U.S. government. He’ll also star in the upcoming movie The Writer’s Bible.
Many loyal Criminal Minds fans were hoping Gibson might make an appearance in the show’s series finale. While Hotch did appear in a flashback that used old footage, there was no new appearance from the actor, much to the disappointment of some viewers.