Michael Trope. Los Angeles based trial lawyer. A good picture of him during his days as a preeminent  sports agent for NFL players back in the 70's and 80's.

Michael Trope. Los Angeles based trial lawyer. A good picture of him during his days as a preeminent sports agent for NFL players back in the 70’s and 80’s.

I had read Michael Trope’s book, Necessary Roughness several years ago [which was published back in 1987] and remembered the first chapter which was about his dealings back in 1984 with Donald Trump in his negotiations with former NFL great Lawrence Taylor. It took me a couple months after asking but I finally got an interview with Michael Trope. Because of all the controversy going on in the political world right now about Donald Trump and allegations being made by people that he is a racist and a bigot, I wanted to get Mr Trope’s opinions or observations based upon his dealings with Trump back in 1984. To my knowledge, Mr. Trope has not had any dealings with Donald Trump since 1984, but I was quite interested about his take on Trump from the business dealings he had with him back in 1984.

Here goes folks and I hope you enjoy.

Rose: Michael, thanks for doing this interview. I’ve known and followed you primarily over the years in connection with your career and activities as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles. But law is actually your second career and my research shows that you had a prior career some time ago as a sports agent on the national scene. How did you get into that career as a sports agent back when you were a 21 year old college student?

Trope: When I was in junior high and high school, I was always a big football and baseball fan. In football, it was primarily as a fan of college football, and I was a big USC Trojan fan starting back in junior high. I was attending USC and I was invited to a friend’s house to watch the Oklahoma Nebraska football game on November 25, 1971. They were the top two rated teams in the country and this was the premiere game of the year. Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska returned a punt for 72 yards and a touchdown which shifted the momentum in the game and Nebraska went on to win the game and the national championship. It was one of the most electrifying plays in college football. While everybody in the room at my buddy’s house were hooting and hollering, I jokingly said “hey, I’d sure like to be that guy’s agent.” Of course, everyone started laughing at me; like, “sure, the best college football player in America let some 20 year old punk be his agent”; ha ha. Well, that summer I bought a student standby airplane ticket to Lincoln Nebraska from Los Angeles, intent on meeting Johnny Rodgers and making a pitch to be his agent. I rented a car and drove to the college campus just as football practice was ending. Fortunately, Johnny Rodgers had not yet left the field because a large group of admirers had surrounded him seeking autographs. When he was finished I walked up to him and told him my name, that I was a senior at USC, and that I had come from Los Angeles to make a pitch to become his agent when he turned professional. He was a bit older than I was and looked at me with a grin but told me he would meet with me when he finished showering. That meeting led to a series of phone calls during his senior season, which was also my senior year at USC. At the end of the year, I traveled to Florida to watch him score four touchdowns and throw a pass for another against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. After the game, Rodgers made me his agent and thus began my career as a sports agent with a Heisman Trophy winner as my first client.

Rose: Wow. And you then were a sports agent for how long before you became a lawyer?

Trope: I was a sports agent for about twelve or thirteen years before I quit in 1985. During that time, I represented well over one hundred professional football players, including over 30 first round NFL picks, the overall pick twice, the recipients of seven Heisman trophies and three Heisman runner ups.

Rose: Ok. Now the primary reason I wanted to do this interview. I read the book you wrote about your days as a sports agent, Necessary Roughness which was published back in 1987, and I was very interested, for obvious reasons, in the first chapter of your book which is titled “LT and Trump, the Secret Deal”. In reading that chapter in your book, it appears that you had an interesting negotiation with Donald Trump back in 1984 that was pretty intense, when he was the owner of the New Jersey Generals, and you were representing NFL great Lawrence Taylor, of the New York Giants.

Trope: Well, yes. Lawrence was under contract with the Giants and his contract ran through the end of the 1986 season. I had negotiated Lawrence’s contract with the Giants when was a rookie. Then the USFL was created and was competing for talent against NFL teams. During that time period player salaries increased, and the deal that Lawrence had signed as a rookies, which looked pretty good at that time back in 1981, now was below market in 1984. He called me in January of 1984 and asked that I come back to New York and renegotiate his contract with the Giants. What I did not know, is that several weeks earlier Lawrence had signed a “futures” contract, in secret, with Donald Trump, to begin play with the Generals after his contract with the Giants would expire in 1986.

Rose: So you had no idea that Lawrence had signed with the Generals?

Trope: Correct. So I went back and met with George Young, who was the General Manager of the Giants back in 1984. He was a great man and one of the finest general managers in the NFL. Unfortunately he passed away back in 2001. He was named the NFL executive of the year five times. I was honored to be able to deal with him on many occasions for the NFL players that I was the agent for. In any event, I met with George and we crafted a potential new deal for Lawrence which would span the 1984-1989 seasons. It was a great deal and would make Lawrence the highest paid defensive player in NFL history as of that time.

Rose: But I thought you just told me that Lawrence had signed a deal with Trump’s team to begin in 1986? So how could he be under contract with two different football teams at the same time?

Trope: Well, here is what happened. I went back to Lawrence and showed him the deal sheet for the new proposed deal with the Giants, which included a one million dollar bonus—-which at that time in 1984 was huge. When he saw the proposed deal with the Giants, he then confided in me that he had signed a futures contract with Donald Trump and the Generals. As it turned out the Giants deal was for more money than the Trump deal. Trump had given him one million dollars up front to sign the futures contract, but the salaries were far below what the Giants were offering.

Rose: So, what happened?

Trope: Taylor instructed me to go meet with Donald Trump and try to negotiate a release from the contract that Taylor had signed with him, so that he could be in a position to legally sign a new contract with the Giants.

Rose: So, you then met with Trump? How did that take place?

Trope: Well, remember that back in 1984, Donald Trump was not a presidential nominee. Although he was a phenomenally successful businessman who had built many beautiful trophy building and owned a professional football team, and he was famous at the time, it was not like he had secret service protection, he was a private citizen. I remember I called his office at the Trump Tower, informed his secretary that I was the agent for Lawrence Taylor, and that it was urgent that I meet with him.

Rose: What happened next?

Trope: Well, it certainly was quite an impressive way to set the stage for a meeting after watching a slide show showing the hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate deals he had done. But don’t forget that back in 1984, I had negotiated player contracts with every team in the NFL and had dealt with the owners of these teams. Some of the richest men in America owned football teams, and so this introduction to Trump, although unique, was not shocking to me.

Rose: So, tell me about your initial meeting with Trump.

Trope: Sure. Trump was extraordinarily gracious. He told me how much he liked Lawrence and how much he looked forward to having him ultimately play for the Generals. It was at that time that I told him that there was a problem, that the Giants had made an offer to Taylor which was for far more money than the General’s deal, and in short, that the deal that Lawrence had signed with the General’s would make Lawrence a lame duck player who would be stuck in an under market value contract—and that this was no good for Lawrence. I then showed Trump the offer that the Giants had extended to Lawrence.

Rose: How did he respond?

Trope: He looked at what the Giants were willing to pay and at first he said something like “Wow, I got a really great deal when I signed Lawrence”. But then we had further discussion and Donald Trump told me that he did not want to prevent Lawrence from obtaining his full market value as a football player and only wanted what was best for Lawrence Taylor. At the same time he told me that he wanted his million dollars back, and a profit. It was agreed that I would go meet with the Giants and commence negotiations with the ultimate goal that Trump would get his money back and a profit, and that Taylor would then be clear to sign the contract with the Giants. To make a long story short, I wound up going back and forth between the Giants and Trump, and ultimately a deal was concluded. Trump received his million dollars back, with a handsome profit for the short time that he had parted with the money, and Lawrence signed a new long term, lucrative contract with the New York Giants. Everybody made out. It was truly a win win win. I was even invited to a cheerleader tryout in Trump Tower where Andy Warhol and Ivana Trump were part of a blue ribbon panel of judges.

Rose: Ok, I know this was back in 1984 when Mr. Trump was in his late 30’s. You were the agent for an African-American professional football player that Trump had under contract, and you were engaged in what appears to be some serious negotiations. You see in today’s political world much criticism about Donald Trump being a bigot and a racist. In your dealing with Donald Trump, when you were negotiating on behalf of an African-American football player, did you come away with any opinion that Donald Trump was a bigot or racist?

Trope: Absolutely not. No way. Understand that this was back in 1984. I was 33 years old and Donald Trump was probably 38 or 39, and he had a full head of healthy hair. My opinion is based upon my experience with him 32 years ago, and it is chronicled in my book, which was written a mere three years after my experiences of multiple negotiations with him on the Taylor contract. But my opinion is strong and unequivocal, that based on my experiences with Donald Trump back in 1984 that this man was not in the slightest a racist or bigot. In fact, and I believe this is in my book from 1987, Donald Trump went out of his way to make sure that Taylor would not be hurt and he went out of his way to make sure that Taylor could achieve his full market value as a professional football player. Many owners would never have done that—that would have strictly enforced the agreement. Donald Trump seemed to genuinely like Lawrence, and once he saw that Lawrence had a better opportunity with the Giants, he in a very genuine way became a problem solver to enable Lawrence to achieve his full potential. Now, I will tell you that during my agent days, between 1973-1985, I saw a lot of racism in professional football. I am not going to go into detail because it serves no purpose, but there was bias and prejudice amongst personnel that I saw back then. But not with Donald Trump. From what I saw, he was a straight up man.

Rose: I did some research and found a New York Time’s article that quoted you back on January 18, 1984 as stating that this negotiation you did between Lawrence Taylor, Donald Trump, and the New York Giants was the “Best that you’d ever done”. Is that still your opinion?

Trope: Well, let’s put it this way. I had a client, Lawrence Taylor, who had signed a contract with one of the most successful businessmen around, Donald Trump. He was already under contract with the New York Giants. Unlike other negotiations where I simply sit down with one team for one player and negotiate compensation, this was much more complicated and sensitive. In light of the fact that, at the end of the day, the Giants were happy, Donald Trump appeared to be happy, and I had a happy client in Lawrence Taylor, I would say that those negotiations were perhaps the most satisfying in any football deal that I ever did, because so many things could have gone wrong. Lemons were turned into lemonade.

Rose: Go back in time to 1984. I know what you wrote in your book, but what were your lasting impressions of Donald Trump, based upon your dealings with him in 1984.

Trope: Big ego, but very big on principal. A problem solver, not a problem maker. A big thinker. A man with very little fear. A man never to underestimate. Those were my impressions of him back in 1984, independent of anything to do with politics.

Michael I want to thank you for giving me time out of your busy schedule, I just wanted a closer look at the chapter I read and I really appreciate you giving me this time.

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September 22, 2016
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Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance "Mike" Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope

Micheal Trope, L. A. attorney wins Appeal B254719 for client Randall Douthit.

In August 2015 via the divorce of Randall Douthit and Patrice Jones though the appellate process we get a rare look at how Hollywood lives. Randall Douthit produced the “Judge Judy” show and the divorce with Patrice Jones ended up not being that nice.

We get a look at what homes are valued at as they go on the market, how much a Malibu Home is worth in monthly rent. We even get down to china, silverware and the worth of furniture.

This lengthy divorce once again proves you do much better to settle between yourselves or hire a mediator. In this case the wife changed lawyers and experts multiple times and ended up with the court costs. She also had to pay the appellate fees for her ex-husband to defend himself.

The whole process began in 2007 when the husband filed for a divorce because he felt he was drowning in debt ran up by his wife of twelve years. It ended with the Decision being handed down in August of 2015 by the appellate court. That’s 8 years fighting over china and silverware.

I have converted the full decision to a PDF file for this site as a lesson of why to settle nicely because the legal fees to keep the fight going will eat you up.

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As you read through the document think “A Cautionary Tale”.

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March 22, 2016
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L Lin Wood Attorny in Atlanta Georgia

L Lin Wood Attorny in Atlanta Georgia

One of our favorite attorneys, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta Georgia has given a million dollars to his Alma Mater Mercer University School of Law, Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd recently announced.

The creation of the L. Lin Wood Fund for the Enhancement of Mercer Law School is a fund which will support and enhance the programs and activities of the law school. The law school’s trial courtroom will be named in honor of Wood at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Lin Wood said in a statement about the creation of the L. Lin Wood Fund:

“Mercer Law School provided me with an excellent foundation for the exercise of the privilege of engaging in the practice of law to zealously pursue justice. As a result, I have been privileged to represent many unique and worthwhile clients for more that 38 years. It is now my privilege to give back to Mercer Law Schools as an expression of my appreciation and, more importantly, to support the school in its ongoing efforts to educate and train the next generation of lawyers essential to the continued viability of our system of justice.”

Wood has represented many clients from the little known to the powerful, on both sides as the defense and for the plaintiff.

One of our favorite court wins here at Rose Speaks.com is the DaVita whistle blower Medicare fraud lawsuit. That settle in a Court issued Public Order in 2015 for a half BILLION dollars plus attorneys fees. One of the largest public settlement in Medicare fraud. Something that is dear to many of us as we get older.

We hope to have pictures soon of the Ceremony on Friday.

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Feb 22, 2016
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Jack Joseph (JJ) Perry abducted his daughter Lucia Perry on Dec. 24, 2015 during a supervised visit.

Perry was last seen with his daughter in an Uber at the Grove In Los Angles.

JJ Perry has an extensive criminal record and maybe taking his daughter to Nevada. If you have seen them or do see them call Los Angels Police Department at 213-473-0476.

Perry is described as age 31 with light brown hair, brown eyes, 6’1″ and weight about 250 pounds.

Lucia Perry is age 2 with light brown hair and blue eyes.

UPDATE: Lucia is back home with her mother, everyone wants to thank all of you for sharing the posters and helping to get her back home.

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By Rose Turner
Dec 25, 2015
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We are doing a new series of pictures of some of our favorite attorneys that we have followed over the years.

First one featured is Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope with Earl Campbell

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope He changed the way contracts are done in sports.

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope with football great Earl Campbell with then owner Bud Adams of the Houston Oilers

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance "Mike" Trope with Mother Gloria Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope with Mother Gloria Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance "Mike" Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance "Mike" Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope

These pictures will be available permently on our top menu page “Favorite Attorneys”. Can you guess the next one to be featured from the archives of our articles?

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June 28, 2015
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ER doctor on first national Ebola case named in Dallas Texas as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier

ER doctor on first national Ebola case named in Dallas Texas as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier

The first case of Ebola was seen at Dallas Texas Presbyterian hospital last year. Most of us, inclding me, blamed the ER doctor for not catching the Ebola and thus costing the patient’s life and two nurses contracting the deadly disease.

Add to that it was “election time” which equaled to a be very afraid atmosphere of which party can protect you the best; a frenzy of worry by the public including quarantining a nurse, Kaci Hickox, because she landed in New Jersey at the wrong time.

Presbyterian hospital has now named the ER doctor as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier, someone the hospital had kept secret his name until The Dallas Morning News decided to publish the doctors name. They wanted to give Dr. Meier a chance to answer their questions and give them an interview. That is when things became interesting. Dr. Meier would not give the Dallas Morning News an interview but he did refer them to his attorney, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta Georgia. Go figure!!

Lin Wood told the Dallas Morning News to submit a list of written questions and he would consider which ones his client would answer, you have to love it when someone under the gun comes up with one of the best attorneys in the business. Protective? Yes of all of his clients over the years as we have followed Mr. Wood’s cases since 2007.

Here are some of the more interesting questions and answers but the full transcript can be found on the newspaper’s site.

Erick Duncan, the patient came to the ER and saw Dr. Meier, on the Thursday night before returning on Sunday, being admitted the second visit and then dying. Mr. Duncan was the first Ebola patient to die in the U. S. Eric Duncan complained of a headache and abdominal pain. Dr Meier looked him over, checked his vital signs and ordered tests. After a few hours, Dr Meier diagnosed him with sinusitis, prescribed antibiotics and sent him home. That started the finger pointing, and the hospital kept changing their story of facts on who knew what and when. Since the ER doctor’s identity was kept secret by the hospital, it became very easy for us all to blame that doctor for a total mess. Hospital administrators apologized to Congress for the misdiagnosis after offering shifting explanations. They pointed to a nurse’s actions, then to flawed electronic records, then said the records had no flaw.

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

Question: Was Sept. 25-26 (Thursday-Friday) your regular shift? How long was your shift? When did it begin?

Answer: That is one of several shifts we all work. That particular shifted started at 10 p.m. and ended at 5 a.m.

Question: What training did Presbyterian and/or Texas Medical Resources give you for a potential Ebola patient?

Answer: I was not aware of any specific training for Ebola.

Question: Is there a written policy at Presbyterian or Texas Medical Resources instructing ER physicians to ask about travel history?

Answer: There is now. I am not aware of the existence of any policy prior to this case.

Question:We’re sure you’ve seen the quotes or heard the TV statements from medical experts who criticized your diagnosis and discharge of Mr. Duncan. Since you were in the unprecedented position of being the first American ER doctor to see an Ebola case unannounced in an ER, how would you respond to those experts?

Answer: It’s very easy to make a diagnosis of any condition after the patient’s medical evaluation confirms the final diagnosis. Unfortunately, such 20/20 hindsight is not available to medical professionals caring for patients in real time.

Question: One expert in emergency care told us picking out the nation’s first Ebola case here was like a “needle in a hayfield.” How would you describe the challenge of handling the first unannounced case to come through an American ER?

Answer: It can be a challenge to diagnose disease and illness. As doctors, we are trained to work from a set of differential diagnoses and seek to rule out until we hopefully reach the correct diagnosis. The more rare a disease or condition, the more likely it is that it will not be on an initial differential list. Since this first case, we have better protocols in place, but, even then, it can still be very difficult to diagnose something so rare. We do the best we can to get it right based on our training and experience.

Question: How has dealing with this experience as the first U.S. ER doctor to see an Ebola case unannounced been for you personally and professionally?

Answer: A little bit like getting struck by lightning, but mild in comparison to what Mr. Duncan’s family has gone through in losing a loved one to Ebola

Question: What do you think the public should know, that we don’t already know, about that initial visit of Mr. Duncan or this case in general?

Answer: That the enemies are Ebola and infectious diseases in general not the caregivers who are on the front line of diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The full article and questions and answers can be found at the two links above. I just picked out the ones that jumped out at me.

Now comes this weeks news on Dallas Presbyterian Hospital and Ebola.

Nina Pham, 26, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian, filed a lawsuit Monday, March 2, 2015, in Dallas against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources.

Pham released a statement to the media after the lawsuit was filed Monday morning saying she had hoped the company would be “more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn’t do that led to me getting infected with Ebola. But that didn’t happen and I felt I was left with no choice but to turn to the courts for help.”

“I’m facing a number of issues with regard to my health and my career and the lawsuit provides a way to address them,” Pham said in the statement. “But more importantly, it will help uncover the truth of what happened, and educate all health care providers and administrators about ways to be better prepared for the next public health emergency.”

Pham’s attorney told the media that Pham continues to suffer from aches and insomnia after she and another nurse, Amber Vinson, contracted the disease from patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Dallas attorney, Charla Aldous, went on with his statement saying; “The nurse manager looked it up on the Internet, printed it out and handed it to Nina and that was the sum total of her training. These were the caregivers who were trying to figure this out on the fly.

It shouldn’t have happened, Healthcare workers in Liberia had better equipment to care for themselves than Nina Pham did the day she started caring for Eric Duncan.”

Aldous said once Pham was diagnosed, Nina was used as a PR pawn.

You can read the full article at the L. A. Times website, they also have a copy of the 37 page filing by Pham for you to read.

Texas state courts are very hard to get filings from most of the districts, if we can get those filings we will bring them to you.

We reached out to Mr. Wood to see if he had a comment but did not hear back from him.

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By Rose Turner
March 2, 2015
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Cybertraps for Educators by Frederick S. Lane

Cybertraps for Educators by Frederick S. Lane

Make no mistake: The current, “ever-connected” age brings with it a whole new set of challenges and concerns that pose significant legal risks for professionals in multiple vocations. No profession, however, is more seriously challenged than teaching; educators can all too easily can find themselves establishing questionable connections with students, some of which can have disastrous effects on their career and their personal lives.

To help educators understand and avoid the cybertraps they face, author, attorney, and educational consultant announces the release of his new book, Cybertraps for Educators. The early response to the book has been very enthusiastic.

“Educators are not only expected to be experts in content, curriculum, and pedagogy, they are also tasked with meeting the holistic needs of a highly vulnerable population,” said Dr. Troy R. Hutchings, Research Chair for the College of Education and School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. “As a result, the emotional and intellectual interplay that occurs daily between students and educators is laden with professional risks. By utilizing authentic headline-grabbing cases, coupled with expertise leveraged from his vast experience as both an attorney and a computer forensics expert, Frederick Lane communicates an unescapable narrative… the cyber landscape for educators is treacherous, and inattentiveness is indefensible. Provocative… compelling… razor sharp… with solutions that work. This book is a must read.”

Cybertraps for Educators discusses a wide range of potential legal traps for teachers, including: cyberloafing, viewing inappropriate content in schools, mishandling investigations of student misconduct, cyberbaiting, identity theft and fake social media profiles, voyeurism, child pornography, sexting, and sexual assault. The book concludes with both practical tips and policy suggestions for minimizing the risk of cybertraps for educators.

“Cybertraps for Educators is intended to educate teachers, school districts, and parents about the legal risks teachers face through the use and misuse of electronic devices,” commented Lane. “It is a thorough and compelling introduction to one of the most challenging aspects of a teacher’s job today.”

Building on Lane’s skills as an attorney, researcher, and computer forensics expert, Cybertraps for Educators explores these compelling issues by presenting case studies, thoughts and opinions that can provide much needed clarity educators, parents, and policy makers.

Dr. Glenn S. Lipson, a forensic psychologist and program director of the California School of Forensic Science at Alliant International University, recently said: “This book provides the topographic map which teachers need to steer clear of major hazards in the rapidly changing digital landscape. Mr. Lane’s sought after expertise remains both illuminating and accessible.”

Few, if any, other works have so expertly addressed these kinds of issues, leaving educators at the mercy of guesswork as to behavior in a rapidly-changing online environment. Even a quick scan of national news sources will turn up numerous examples of educators who have been tripped up by one or more cybertraps, all of which could have been avoided with proper training and professional development. Cybertraps for Educators will assist educators, schools, and districts around the United States to better understand online risks and strategize how best to mitigate the risks.

Lane is the author of seven previous books, including “Cybertraps for the Young”, “American Privacy”, “The Court and the Cross”, “The Decency Wars” and “The Naked Employee.” He has also lectured extensively to teachers, parents, students, and school districts over the past two decades. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Dr. Amy Werbel.

Cybertraps for Educators is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle download ($9.99). Additional information can be found on the author’s Web site at http://www.FrederickLane.com/cybertraps-for-educators.

For more information be sure to visit http://www.fredericklane.com.

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