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Notre Dame Already Facing Criticism for Te'o Investigation. Conflict of Interest Cited. Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti has claimed that he was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose "death" from leukemia was faked by perpetrators of an elaborate hoax. More on the Lycurgus Group Sports Compliance Group. The hoax was disclosed by Deadspin.com, which posted an in-depth story claiming that the woman ever existed. The story suggests a Te’o may have been responsible for the hoax. Te’o claims to be a victim. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said at a news conference that Te'o informed the school that he was the victim of a hoax e girl in early December. Notre Dame believes Te’o. The school has said that it conducted an investigation to look into the incident. However, the results of the investigation will not be turned over the law enforcement, and Notre Dame does not plan to release the findings of its investigation. Already, the Notre Dame investigation is coming under significant criticism. On ESPN radio, Mike Golic suggested that the investigation may be criticized for lack of true independence: There are many that will say, Okay. Notre Dame did an investigation and – and you know, I’m good with that. But . . . there are others that are going to say well, Wait a minute Notre Dame did an investigation about their own person. How much did they – how much did it really entail because they’re protecting their own person. Listen, I went to Notre Dame and . . . I love...
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Lycurgus Group to Host Free Crisis Management CLE The Lycurgus Group works with attorneys under the most stressful circumstances possible. We’ve learned in those rare instances, many attorneys members aren’t prepared and equipped with proper procedures. With that in mind, the Lycurgus Group is hosting a free CLE – Crisis Management: Investigations and Communications for Attorneys. The event will take place on December 9, 2013 from 9:30am-11:45am at the Conference Center at 5181 Natorp Boulevard, 1st Floor, Mason, Ohio 45040. A continental breakfast will be provided before the CLE. This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Legal Education for 2.0 CLE Hours, including 1 hour in ethics. Please RSVP for by December 2, 2013 by calling 614-859-9570 or by sending an email to kinsinger@lycurgusgroup.net. One of the keys to responding to a crisis is that an institution should not be “investigating itself.” What happened at Penn State to its football program provides a good example. The criminal charges against high-ranking members of the institution, including the University President, illustrate the need for companies and institutions to be increasingly aware that investigations conducted by objectively credible people may be subject to conflict of interest criticism. While such criticism is often unfair -- institutions are unlikely to risk excellent reputations for any single employee – it remains an avoidable fact. FEATURED SPEAKER J. A. Engel Engel is the Vice President and General Counsel for the Lycurgus Group. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Engel has more than 15 years of litigation, civil rights,...

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