Boy Scout Abuse Victims Please Take Notice

Time is running out to bring your claim for compensation against the BSA Survivors of all types of abuse, committed by scout leaders, counselors and fellow scouts have until 5 p.m. Nov. 16, 2020 to file a claim for compensation  against the Boy Scouts of America to be eligible for compensation through the organization’s bankruptcy proceedings. If you are a survivor of abuse you must file your claim before by 5 p.m. November 16, 2020 or you will be barred from filing suit against the national organization in the future. Even if you think you do not have a valid claim due to how long ago the abuse occurred, you should consider filing a claim.  Regardless of the State where the abuse occurred you should consider discussing your claim with a lawyer skilled in handling such delicate legal matters. In addition to the Boy Scouts, the Scouting groups also included are:  Explorer  Venturing programs Sea Scouting and  Cub Scouts. What types of abuse will be considered in any claim? Sexual abuse physical abuse emotional abuse bullying or hazing Claims will not be public and will not be released to the media.  I have represented hundreds of survivors of child sexual, physical and emotional abuse, including boys, now grown men, who survived abuse by priests employed by the Catholic Church.  I know your pain and how it has followed you throughout your life.   It is a big step to come forward and acknowledge the pain you have endured.  Many survivors live their lives without ever sharing their experience with anyone.  I know.  I have met and spoken privately with over one thousand survivors of all types of sexual, physical and emotional abuse When abuse occurs to a child, the child knows only to blame themselves for what happened.  No amount of denial or intellectualizing what occurred allows for the healing to begin. Drawing from my experience, I feel that healing truly begins when a survivor of abuse steps into the light, points the finger at the cause of his or her pain and finally stops blaming him or herself for the abuse.  Charles Dickens captured the magnitude of harm to a child:  “In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.” Let your healing begin.  CALL to discuss your pain and allow me the honor of representing you through this compensation process.  William F. McMurry at…

USE OF ZOOM by lawyers to conduct client interviews and conferences with consulting experts

While COVID-19 requires lawyers to become creative in our effort to move our clients cases along, in keeping with our ethical duty to zealously represent our clients, it is critical to remember that such conversations may not be considered “confidential.”   When we speak with a client or a client’s agent, such as a consulting expert, those conversations are considered confidential and protected from disclosure to our adversaries.   While Zoom is an excellent tool for conducting group meetings, such as mediations and the like, which do not raise confidentiality or protection issues, using Zoom to conduct client interviews and interviews with consulting experts can be viewed as discoverable.  We all know that if we allow a non-client and/or non-client expert to listen in on an otherwise confidential communication, we have violated the attorney client confidentiality and attorney client privilege.   Unless you select certain settings in the Zoom settings, all meetings are recorded and stored in the Cloud.  Zoom meetings are also publicly accessible with full names and faces are often displayed.  Preventing Zoom from making a permanent record or storing it in such a way as to make the meetings publicly accessible is a feature that can be turned on in settings. There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing. Below are suggested setting: Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default: Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features. In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab: Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints Disable Auto saving chats Disable File transfer Disable Feedback to Zoom Disable Screen sharing Disable desktop/screen share for users Disable Remote control   In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab: Disable Local recording Disable Cloud recording Disable Automatic recording I hope this has been helpful to all my colleagues who are enjoying Zoom in the everyday practice of law.     William F….

Church Continues to Hide and Protect Known Serial Pedophiles

In 2004, I filed – and successfully won, a lawsuit against the Vatican, designed to overcome its arguments that it could not be held accountable for acts by pedophile priests occurring on US. soil.  This was done following the litigation and settlement of a case with the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY.  Because of our work, the Vatican is not immune from suits by US survivors of priest sexual abuse of children.  But the Louisville Courier Journal’s stunning revelation this past week of yet another situation demonstrates that the Church continues to hide and protect its known serial pedophiles over the interests of the children of the Church.  Rather than having the interests of the children of the Church at heart, it appears that the children remain at grave risk.  The LCJ’s article reveals the Church’s suggestion that there are “no child-victims coming forward to accuse Father Mouser of sexual assault while he was hiding in Motherhouse in Loretto, Kentucky.”  This ignores the science behind abuse.  Children don’t come forward. It is found that 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years.  (Smith et al., 2000; Broman-Fulks et al., 2007) It is not for decades that children have grown to see the impact the abuse has had on their lives that they feel compelled to report the abuse.  In the article, I am quoted as saying “After all of the ensuing years since the settlement with the archdiocese, it is heartbreaking that the church leaders continue to demonstrate that they have not lived up to their promises to protect the community’s children from known serial pedophiles.” I have been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by the Church since the first victim walked through my office in 2002.  I will continue to advocate, vindicate and fight for those who have been left behind by the Church.   With that said, it is important to realize that the statute of limitations on a civil claim against the Church runs out on the child’s 28th birthday, barring justice…

Letter to My Hometown, an Abuse Survivor’s Validation

Extensive experience in representing survivors of sexual abuse is not something an attorney takes lightly. It means that said attorney has gained the trust of sexual abuse survivors who are hurt, who carry often years of baggage, who seek validation and are in need of an advocate.  Over the years, I have often been the first person survivors of sexual abuse have opened up to because they have come to me to help them with their many legal questions. Sometimes it starts with the question  “do I have a case after all these years.”  And that begins our attorney/client relationship. I am honored when a previous client reaches out to me, sometimes years later, to share their personal life experiences and their gratefulness for my guidance.  Such is the case with Laura.  She came to me for advice.  I have been given express permission to share publicly this client’s voice as expressed in her writings. She has done this with the intention to help other survivors. Following is a link to her full letter, titled, Letter to my…