We’ll be sure to keep you updated if the mysterious UNSUB is identified. Meanwhile, if you don’t need real life to play out like a Criminal Minds case but haven’t caught an episode in a while, it’s currently streaming in a variety of places including Netflix, which has the first 12 seasons available. Additional episodes can be caught via CBS All Access (all seasons) or Hulu (later seasons). You’ll certainly see plenty of episodes with far more grisly and terrifying crimes, but I’m not sure you’ll find many that are as double-take odd as these white envelopes with the audio files.
Former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden: ‘I’m tired of talking about Trump’ Hacker claims to have stolen files from law firm tied to Trump: WSJ Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout MORE reportedly demoted one of his defense lawyers in the midst of his second impeachment trial due to the attorney’s performance on the Senate floor last week.
The New York Times reports that one of Trump’s advisers, Justin Clark, told Bruce Castor last Wednesday that the former president did not want the attorney to again appear on television during the trial.
Castor then reportedly stood up while shouting and arguing that Trump was wrong in demoting him. According to the Times, the argument became so heated that Castor eventually left the conference room, although he later apologized to Clark.
The Times noted that half a dozen members of Trump’s legal team relayed their accounts of the incident during a meeting in a conference room at the former president’s hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Hill has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
Castor was added to Trump’s defense team about a week before the trial was set to begin after reportedly being recommended by his cousin Stephen Castor, one of Trump’s aides. The Pennsylvania attorney’s hasty hiring occurred after reports came out that Butch Bowers, a South Carolina attorney who was set to lead Trump’s defense team, left along with four other attorneys due to disagreements with Trump on how to approach the trial.
Commenters and politicians on both sides of the aisle criticized Castor’s hours-long defense of the former president last week.
“Anyone who listened to President Trump’s legal team saw they were unfocused, they attempted to avoid the issue and they talked about everything but the issue at hand,” Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyTrump unloads on McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers State parties seek to punish anti-Trump Republicans GOP official on Toomey: Wasn’t sent to ‘do the right thing or whatever he said’ MORE (R-La.), one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump, said after Castor’s remarks.
Castor shot back at the criticism, telling reporters, “Only one person’s opinion matters, and that’s what I’m going by.”
“You have to remember that we had literally one week and one day to prepare the defense and we were all people who never had met each other before,” David Schoen, another member of Trump’s legal team, said to the Times in a statement.
Schoen told the newspaper that he regretted not pushing back on Castor’s agenda as well as not informing Trump of Castor’s prominent role in the trial.
“I admired his courage for jumping right in,” Schoen told the Times. “Unfortunately, he got panned by the media pretty soundly and a number of people thought perhaps the agenda should be reconsidered.”
Summary List Placement
UnitedLex, which helps Fortune 1000 legal departments adopt and use tech, has hired five executives from the Big Four accounting firms as it seeks to accelerate growth and meet demand.
The new hires have been tapped to help grow UnitedLex’s customer base, which also includes corporate legal departments, by acting as bridges between their client companies’ general counsel and c-suites, convincing them of the importance of legal departments as linchpins of their business.
“The problem corporations are facing is that legal departments are among the last areas of a business to see a tech transformation,” in part because company executives don’t fully realize how important these legal functions are, said David Clarke, UnitedLex’s new executive vice president and chief experience and marketing officer. Clarke formerly led the strategy, experience, and marketing functions at PwC.
When companies lag behind in technological innovation, they can lose valuable time and money, especially when it comes to law-heavy areas like contracting. According to research by McKinsey and World Commerce & Contracting, businesses are losing eight to 20% of their contract portfolio’s value due to poor contracting processes. This equates to $2.5 trillion value lost per year for Fortune 1000 companies, per a UnitedLex report published in November.
The pandemic, however, has jolted companies into adopting tech. In the past year, almost 70% of companies said they accelerated their tech initiatives, found a September study by Gartner.
As adoption of digital technologies is increasingly rising on the companies’ agendas in an effort to boost efficiency and shed costs, UnitedLex is seeking to rev up its own business — and teams — to meet this demand.
From Big Four to legal tech: leveraging consulting and client service
The five new hires have similar backgrounds centered around client service and technology consulting, said Mike Duggan, the new vice president of clients and markets at UnitedLex.
They will focus on using their consulting experiences to help UnitedLex’s clients map out their tech and business strategies, said Duggan, who helped lead Deloitte’s Swiss technology consulting business to its position as a market leader.
In addition to Clarke and Duggan, the new hires include:
- Audra Nichols, who spent nearly 19 years at PwC leading its tech consulting programs before joining UnitedLex as its new senior vice president of digital solutions and methods;
- Bhavesh Patel, who has 20 years as a management and technology consultant at Accenture, PwC, and West Monroe Partners and is UnitedLex’s senior vice president of transformation;
- and Christian Schmitt, a former PwC senior client partner who is now UnitedLex’s executive vice president of clients and markets in EMEA.
One way that the new hires will leverage their consulting backgrounds is by helping companies “build out a roadmap” by nailing down what their objectives and pain points are, and advising them on what tools can help address them, per Clarke.
“Our job is to connect their dots and show that what’s good for legal, is good for business,” Clarke said. “It’s our whole prescription for transformation.”
The new hires are part of a broader strategy of growth for UnitedLex
The company wants to double its revenue in two years, and the former Big Four executives aren’t the only additions UnitedLex plans to make as it’s “going through growth,” according to Clarke.
In addition to the client experience team that Clarke is spearheading, the company plans to expand its tech department. UnitedLex provides its clients with a range of legal management solutions, and is seeking build out its portfolio with artificial intelligence capabilities.
“We’re at the tipping point for digital legal transformation. It’s an evitability,” said Clarke.