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Cornell ILR Labor & Employment Law Program to Feature Lisa M. Friel

March 16, 2012

On Friday, April 13, 2012, Cornell University's ILR School, Labor & Employment Law Program, in conjunction with Cornell Law School, will offer a program entitled, "Handling the Media When Tough Issues Arise." T&M's Lisa M. Friel, Vice President of Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations, will participate on a panel to discuss the nature of public relations in the 24/7 news cycle environment and what to do in the event of a media crisis. According to the program description:

Whether you are an attorney representing a long-standing client, the general counsel, or hired for a specific case, you never know when you will be in the middle of a “PR” nightmare. With a 24/7 news cycle and social media always available, one “bad quote” can live for weeks or months, impacting your case or bargaining position. What about third parties who witness the “bad behavior,” do nothing to stop it or don’t report it, and the information later becomes public? This forum is designed to help you understand the situation, the roles of all the players, and provide practical advice to your client in crisis— whether an individual, an employer, a union, the government, or an academic institution. What can one learn from Penn State, the Strauss-Kahn situation, or the Boeing case? How do you prepare your client? Should s/he speak? What about your role with the press? Does “no comment” make sense?

The event will be held in New York City at the Cornell University ILR Conference Center. Attendees are eligible to receive CLE credits.