About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Tuesday
May242016

Teaching Trial Advocacy at the Criminal Justice Institute.

I'm extremely humbled to speak at the Criminal Justice Institute before my colleagues this summer.  I will focus my attention on opening statements and the skills needed in order to successfully connect with your fact-funder, whether that be directly to the jury or to the court.  This will be fun.

Tuesday
May242016

[WCCO Radio] May 23rd: Jack talks terrorism, trial advocacy and the law.

Appearing on WCCO Radio, my old stomping grounds, with Jordana Greentonight at 10 pm ct to discuss the latest on the terrorism trial in Minneapolis, the Freddie Gray verdict, a place in Mississippi where segregation is apparently alive and well, and my recent assignment teaching trial advocacy skills to lawyers in Uganda. Gonna be a full show.

Friday
May202016

Jack and His Excellency, the Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S. Robinson Njeru Githae at a Books for Africa event in St. Paul.

Monday
Apr252016

[Editorial] April 24th: Jack on Uganda, Africa and Lost Opportunities 

Lost opportunity.

I'm just off of the plane and hanging out in Amsterdam but I still smell like Africa. As I walk the canal streets and think about Uganda and the streets I walked and the people I met and the experiences that continue to envelope me, lost opportunity is what comes to mind.

Uganda has around 50% unemployment in its youth and the unrest reflects that. There are police with AK-47s everywhere. And as I look around the affluence here in Amsterdam, part of it is that the vast majority of the populace have a stake in this city and the country. If a vast number of a country's citizens are excluded, the country loses their contribution. Worse, the country has to spend more on police and prisons to crush the uprising.

It seems that Americans need to contemplate what happens if everybody isn't brought to the table. I think the cost is far more expensive than one might think.

This is just an observation I find in the developing world rather than a political statement. I can leave that to others.

Friday
Apr222016

Editorial - One Small Effort to Help Change the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just completed a weeklong Trial Advocacy seminar teaching African lawyers here in Uganda. I was incredibly privileged to have a large number of great advocates and a bunch of them happened to be woman and they all absolutely excelled. I'm so incredibly grateful and learned more than I thought possible. - Northern Uganda. #changingtheworld

If I haven't made this clear, I love this so much!

Friday
Apr222016

Editorial - Dance Like an African? Not Even Close

What an extraordinary evening. Dancing outdoors under a full moon in Northern Uganda with my Ugandan lawyer students as they tried in vain to teach me how to dance like an African. All of this while listening to a live Congolese band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo that none of us could understand as they sang in a dialect nobody understood. And you know what, it didn't matter. It was hysterical, and perfect.

Thursday
Apr212016

Uganda - Girlfriends Before School

I caught this in a small shop on the edge of Gulu, Northern Uganda from a dirt street. They walked out together and were just in their own little world. Could have been anyplace on the planet. Girlfriends are girlfriends. Frankly, one of my favorite shots of the trip. 

Wednesday
Apr202016

Uganda - The Fourth is Almost Ready

Four brothers. Three are waiting to go to school on a cool morning during the wet season as the fourth sits at the end of the bench, waiting his turn. It's coming my friend, it's coming. - Northern Uganda.— at Northern Region, Uganda.

Wednesday
Apr202016

Editorial - She Will Not be Denied

For many, school is the only hope for a brighter future. This is even more true is places that are economically challenged or because of other strike, like disease or war.  Gulu, in just such a place.

This young girl was walking with such purpose in the street on her way to school that all I could think was, she will not be denied.

Wednesday
Apr202016

Editorial - Walking to School, And into the Light

School was getting ready to start and these kids turned a corner and into the sun as they worked their way toward another day — at Northern Region, Uganda.