REUNION: Classes Without Quizzes - Lawyers
Say Media Exert Outsize Influence on Today's High-Profile Cases
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THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION in New York vacillated on distributing $70
million to families who lost rescuers in the collapse of the World Trade
Center, Randy Mastro L’81 exposed the union to the court of public
opinion. He held a news conference. Within 48 hours the matter was settled.
present their views on the influence of press during trials
Mastro told this story during a panel discussion on “Fame and Justice”
over Reunion weekend. The discussion — part of an annual program
called “Classes Without Quizzes” — centered on the role
of the media in trials and public affairs.
A master at media manipulation, Mastro, a partner at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher,
said, “The press makes a difference and you have to use the press
appropriately because the press wants to use you.”