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Richard Levick – The Message vs. The Truth

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” – Emily Post Early this morning I had the opportunity to give a keynote address and moderate a panel for the Law Firm Marketing Summit in London on Brand Authenticity: The Message vs…

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Richard Levick on the Great Middle

“What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius From my days in Hebrew School, I always thought Hillel the Elder had said this first, but it turns out that Confucius, who celebrates a birthday today, wrote it about 500 years before Hillel. It is the Golden Rule, though I…

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Richard Levick Shares the Golden Moment

“Community is a safe place precisely because no one is attempting to heal or convert you, to fix you, to change you. Instead, the members accept you as you are.” – M. Scott Peck You would have liked my father. He seemed to have a lama’s sense of proportion. Never one to be caught in…

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Richard Levick – Unplugged with Michael Caputo

  “How I wish, how I wish you were here We’re just two lost souls Swimming in a fishbowl Year after year Running over the same old ground What have we found? The same old fears Wish you were here” – Roger Waters & David Gilmour of Pink Floyd Almost 40 years ago I was…

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Richard Levick on the Dark Side of the Moon

“Even intellectuals should have learned by now…that objective rationality is not the default position of the human mind, much less the bedrock of human affairs.” — Roy Blount, Jr. For the duration of my second year in law school, I clerked at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) and spent a summer in England,…

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Richard Levick -Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

“It’s sad, so sad Why can’t we talk it over? Ohh, it seems to me That sorry seems to be the hardest word” – Elton John In the late 1960s, when I was in fifth through seventh grades, my best friend, Becky, lived a few houses away. I was a motherless child and she was…

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Richard Levick on the January 6th Suicides

“From a distance you look like my friend Even though we are at war From a distance I can’t comprehend What all this war is for” –Julie Gold This week, we lost folk singer Nanci Griffith, whom I have been listening to for probably 40 years or more. Though she wrote dozens of songs, most were…

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Richard Levick on the Rush to Judgement

“Which office do I go to, to get my reputation back?” – Raymond Donovan, Former Labor Secretary Under President Ronald Reagan   Richard S. Levick, Esq., Chairman & CEO, LEVICK Having worked on so many historic crises over the decades – the Catholic Church, AIG, the Gulf oil spill, Guantanamo Bay, the Dubai Ports fallout,…

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Richard Levick on Finding Courage

“Justice is a train that always comes too late.” –Yevgeny Yevtushenko Knowledge may be power but too much of it at once can be, well, overpowering. I’ve been a consummate reader since childhood when Catcher in the Rye and Instant Replay captured my imagination and I realized that entire evenings could be lost in books. A decade later I…

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Richard Levick – Finding Grace

“News is what people want to keep hidden, and everything else is publicity.” – Bill Moyers There is a story in the Talmud – though I have heard variations from other religions – which says that while still in utero, a baby is filled with all of the knowledge of the Torah but that just…

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Richard Levick – Great Scott!!

“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.” –Christopher Reeve “Great Scott!” Although it didn’t make it into many of the movies, this was a favorite exclamation of Superman (spoiler alert, AKA, Clark Kent) on radio and television…

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Richard Levick – Ahoy, Matey

“The truth springs from arguments among friends.” –David Hume Long before the nascent democracies represented by the Corsican Republic in 1755, America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776 or the French Revolution in 1789, pirates – those sailors so grossly caricatured by the movies – practiced an early form of democracy. It dated all the way…

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Richard Levick – Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found Was blind but now I see.” —John Newton In an age of instant judgment, declining appreciation for due process, no apparent statute of limitations and little forgiveness, I keep being reminded of people who grew…

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Richard Levick – Everyone Gets Disrupted

“And you tell me, over and over and over again, my friend, saying you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.” – Barry McGuire What would have happened if Jack Kerouac hadn’t broken his leg at Columbia University while on football scholarship? Would he have met poet Allen Ginsberg or writer William Burroughs? Would they…

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Richard Levick – Look

  “’Siehst du?’ in German, ‘Do you get the picture?’ in English, and ‘Tu vois?’ in French are more often than not metaphors that ask about understanding rather than vision. Across a broad range of human cultures, the visual sense has risen to such a position of prominence that to envision often means to understand.”…

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Richard Levick On The Final Episode of M*A*S*H

  Almost 38 years ago to the day, CBS aired the final episode of M*A*S*H, a two-and-a-half-hour episode which was, as we used to say, appointment television. Long before the days of VCRs, America made it a point to be home in front of their televisions to hear for the last time that “Suicide was painless,…

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Richard Levick Discusses the Regulatory Hall of Fame

“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.” —Robert Downey, Jr. Over the past few weeks, we have had podcast conversations with the likes of former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who, among other things, co-authored with Senator Ted Kennedy the Refugee Act of 1980, and co-founded the Congressional…

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Richard Levick Discusses the Price of Courage

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou What is the arc of history if courage had been absent? No “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” No Declaration of Independence – also known as treason and a “death…

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Richard Levick on The Day the Music Died

  On Saturday morning I was thinking about “The day the music died,” Don McLean’s line from “American Pie.” Although I knew the meaning and remember the song well going back to the moment it was released in 1971 (at a shocking length of eight-plus minutes, no less!), I just had to look it up…

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