There is more to Hood’s relationship with Bernstein Litowitz (BLB&G) than reported in the Wall Street Journal. It is certainly not improper for a statewide elected official to speak to an organization’s forum in New York City or in Dublin, Ireland. But it does illustrate a closer relationship than campaign contributions or contingency fee contracts.
It seems Hood’s relationship with Bernstein Litowitz includes foreign travel. BLB&G Partner Sean Coffey and Jim Hood were guest speakers at the 8th Annual UK & Irish Pension and Investing Summit Conference in Dublin, Ireland last year (Nov 11-12, 2008).
Coffey interviewed Attorney General Hood for an in-depth discussion on how he has helped the citizens of Mississippi push back against the destructive forces of corporate fraud.
Hood has also appeared at BLB&G’s “Institutional Investor Forum” at the “New York Yacht Club, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.”
BLBG features Hood’s speech in a number of their publications.
Speaking to this law firm’s educational forums does not suggest anything improper, but it does illustrate a closer relationship to the firm than simply signing them on as legal contract workers for the State of Mississippi.