James Stout 2019 Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell

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Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award 2018

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A Rockstars’ Guide to Management

If rock groups are businesses, businesses are getting more like rock bands. Workplaces are far more informal than they used to be, with less emphasis on protocol, rank and authority. Many firms try to cultivate the creativity that can come from close collaboration. Employers attempt to engineer personal chemistry, hiring coaches to fine-tune team dynamics and sending staff on team-building exercises. Employees are encouraged to share lunch, play table tennis and generally hang out. As the founder of Hubble, a London office-space company, put it, “We hope that our team will become friends first, and colleagues second.”

Businesses have also acquired a patina of rock-star glamour, particularly those in Silicon Valley. Friends who once gathered in garages to thrash out songs on guitars and drums are now as likely to get together to brainstorm ideas for apps and dream of having their success lauded in the press as they receive billion-dollar exits. Garry Tan, a former founder who now manages a San Francisco venture-capital fund, told me, “A startup is like a jam band. You need a drummer, and someone says, ‘Oh I went to school with a drummer’.” Next thing you know, your future is bound together with the people you got drunk with in university bars or played Fortnite with after school according to The Economist.

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Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials But More Liberal

No longer the new kids on the block, Millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. Generation Z – diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet – is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes according to Pew.

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In addition, the youngest Republicans stand apart in their views on the role of government and the causes of climate change. Gen Z Republicans are much more likely than Republicans in older generations to say government should do more to solve problems. And they are less likely than their older counterparts to attribute the earth’s warming temperatures to natural patterns, as opposed to human activity.

 

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Stay-at-home parents account for about one-in-five U.S. parents

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More than 11 million U.S. parents – or 18% – were not working outside the home in 2016, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The stay-at-home share of U.S. parents was almost identical to what it was in 1989, but there has been a modest increase among fathers. The share of dads at home rose from 4% to 7%, while the share of moms staying at home remained largely unchanged – 27% in 2016 versus 28% about a quarter-century earlier. As a result, 17% of all stay-at-home parents in 2016 were fathers, up from 10% in 1989, the first year for which reliable data on fathers are available according to Pew.

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One in four kids say they use cannabis

Marijuana is most popular among 18- to 29-year-olds — about one in four (24%) adults in this age group report regularly or occasionally using it. 

More people use cannabis than tobacco.  

The following illustrates people who use tobacco or cannabis:

Marijuana

Cigars

Chewing tobacco

A pipe

%

%

%

%

National adults

13

9

5

4

Men

15

15

8

4

Women

11

3

1

2

18-29

24

8

7

6

30-49

13

11

5

3

50-64

11

11

3

3

65+

6

6

4

2

East

12

8

1

4

Midwest

10

8

8

2

South

11

9

5

4

West

20

9

3

1

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Few Americans are Vegetarian or Vegan

2018 Plant Based Diet

  • 5% of Americans are vegetarians, unchanged from 2012
  • 3% are vegans, little changed from 2% in 2012
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THE EVIL SPIRIT JUMPED OUT OF ME AND INTO MY EX WIFE

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10 Percent of Americans suffered elder abuse

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How much elder abuse is there in Orange County?

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