Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rob Cohens revolving door

Just a quick synopsis from today's JJOKE meeting,  the same meeting cancelled several weeks ago that resulted in Milgram releasing an inaccurate top ten list not once but twice.

And on the subject of Milgrams failure to count I dropped off a 1st grade coloring book for math at Milgram's seat at the meeting, he came in and looked at it then tried to hide it under his papers (when they replay the meeting watch the start lower right hand corner).  Don't worry Milgram I don't think the second floor will fire you for using a non common core text book but better safe than sorry just ask that guy on the Lake George Commission.

But I digress, Milgram's termination is coming I'm reliably informed.

Back to the meeting.

As usual nothing of substance in the public portion until they start a discussion on a proposed opinion regarding the 2 year revolving door ban.  Now I congratulate JJOKE for doing this in public, I'm not terribly interested in the 2 year revolving door since I've been out for way over 2 years but then lo and behold a couple of commissioners were actually very well informed and knowledgeable about the issue and started asking Rob Cohen, who wrote the opinion, some cogent questions that made it abundantly apparent that Rob was not knowledgeable nor particularly astute on the issue.  Soon Monica had to try to jump in to save Rob but only managed to establish that her ability to analyze statutory construction needs improvement as well.  Mercifully the Chair stopped the fight and adjourned any decisions to a later day.  LT followed the advice that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt.

Both republican commissioners George Weisman and Judge Cavulla quickly exposed the flaw in Rob's analysis and in the end I thought I was watching a first year law student trying to support a failing argument.

It's clear Rob and the rest of the JJOKE staff lawyers think they know best who a client should hire but have never actually thought about why the revolving door ban exists to begin with.

It's also clear now what LT's biggest fault is.  She allows staff to embarrass her without penalty.  Milgram and Cohen are everyday reminders of this flaw.  And remember Cohen is the same staffer that failed to take his continuing legal education and timely file his attorney certification for over a year, until I blogged about it, is he really the best staffer to be writing ethics opinions about lawyers and revolving doors.  Should he even be working at an ethics agency?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10    Just trying to help you get better at math Milgram.