In-House Interrogatory

Asked: Our weekly question to the In-House community

The most talked about general counsel in the news in the last week was, of course, former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh compiled a report after investigating the university’s handling of Jerry Sandusky. When the report was released last week, Baldwin was repeatedly mentioned for not dealing with the situation correctly.

Sandusky was convicted and jailed on 45 counts of abusing boys and is awaiting sentencing.

Baldwin served as the interim general counsel from January 2010 until June 30. Freeh criticizes Baldwin for downplaying the grand jury investigation into Sandusky to the university’s board of trustees. The report also says she failed to find an expert for the university’s internal investigation or to lead it through the criminal investigation.

The report singles Baldwin out for attending the testimony of Senior Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley during the grand jury investigation. Baldwin said she attended simply to represent the university, but Schultz and Curley thought she was there as their attorney.

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Monday law blog round-up

Another beautiful day in Maryland! Let’s remember this come July, when it becomes unbearable. For now, here are a few law links to start your day if you’re unfortunate enough to be inside:

Remembering Frederick DeKuyper

In an article in today’s print edition, Jim Astrachan shares his memories of the life and work of Frederick DeKuyper, the retired associate general counsel at the Johns Hopkins University who died last week at the age of 70. But DeKuyper shared his own memories of the GC’s office with the JHU Gazette more than 13 years ago. Here’s a sample:

“There was a man in California who believed we had a brain-wave modification machine staffed 24 hours a day,” said DeKuyper, a Hopkins associate general counsel. “This machine allegedly was sending electronic emissions to the West Coast. These emissions, he said, were entering his left ear and doing harm to him.”

Eventually, the case was dismissed.

“I realized later I should have said, ‘You’re right, there is such a machine — but it’s at Harvard,’” he added, laughing.

What were your favorite DeKuyper quips?

BARBARA GRZINCIC, Managing Editor/Law

Sick kid? Try Johns Hopkins.

In its ongoing effort to rank just about everything, U.S. News & World Report has released its list of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Hold your breath (but not for too long), folks.

Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins placed third, just behind Children’s Hospital Boston. D.C.’s Children’s National Medical Center was a lowly 11th place.

The top 15 appear below.

1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Children’s Hospital Boston
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Children’s Hospital, Denver
5. Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland
6. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
7. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
8. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
9. Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle
10. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif.
11. Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
12. Columbus Children’s Hospital
13. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
14. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
15. St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Thanks to our sister blog in Long Island for pointing us to this story.

-JACKIE SAUTER, Daily Record Multimedia Editor