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Posted by Amy Oppenheimer on March 4, 2011

Join Me at CAOWI’s Report Writing Seminar on March 17 or 18

Sue Ann Van Dermyden is presenting a three hour seminar on writing the investigative report.
March 17, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., JAMS ADR, 707 Wilshire Blvd., 46th Floor, Los Angeles.
March 18, 2011, 9:00 to 12:00, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland.
To register go to: CAOWI

CAOWI Members $120. Sustaining Members $60. Register early–space is limited.

Posted by Amy Oppenheimer on October 29, 2010

Hill/Thomas redux

I keep thinking of Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas. Nineteen years ago the nation was riveted to the type of drama that unfolds before me every day. How do I, and how does the public, decide about truth telling? So often I hear people say “it’s he said/she said and so you can never determine who is telling the truth.” But we must be able to determine “truth”, and take stands, without a direct witness. Too often that elusive witness simply does not exist. Workplace investigators like me have to carefully weigh evidence and come to a conclusion, realizing we can’t be a guarantor of the truth. In the case of Anita Hill, had politics not been paramount, I think the weighing would have militated for a different result. This new witness helps to confirm that.

Posted by Amy Oppenheimer on October 23, 2010

Juan Williams fired

Should he have been fired?  Not if that was the only thing he said.  Was it problematic?  Yes and no.  It’s good to admit fear and bias.  But to blame it on someone’s “choice to identify” as a Muslim, is a problem.  The choice not to assimilate should not make someone suspect.

Posted by Amy Oppenheimer on October 22, 2010

Kentucky Senate Race

What I find disturbing about the media attention to the Kentucky senate race between Rand Paul and Jack Conway is the fact the criticism of Paul’s antics, while a college student at Baylor University, focuses on whether he trivialized religion by forcing a woman to worship a god called “Aqua Buddah.”  The fact that is alleged to have tied her up and driven her to a remote area, prior to forcing her to bow down in worship, has been ignored.  Last time I looked that would be considered kidnapping and assault.  When did the American public become more concerned about worshipping false gods than assault?  And while the religious aspect can be explained by youth, can kidnapping be explained away so easily?