[CWG-Stewardship] Legal cost reality

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Thu Jun 25 21:55:02 UTC 2015


500k to date not per month.


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From: Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>
Date:06/25/2015 5:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: James Gannon <james at cyberinvasion.net>
Cc: cwg-stewardship at icann.org
Subject: Re: [CWG-Stewardship] Legal cost reality

With due respect James, I am in no way belittling the work of legal council. I am rather wondering how we as a community recognising this huge cost did not better strategize on how/when to engage external council. The amount that has been spent on all participants of the ccwg and cwg(for remote/physical meetings) would seem to be competing with the total cost of legal advice (perhaps legal would even be more).

The deed has been done and we can't rewrite history. My comment is targeted more on the fact that we need to think of how we engage legal more efficiently going forward.

For the record, when Greg said top notch council are expensive, 500k monthly is just beyond my imagination!


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On 25 Jun 2015 18:23, "James Gannon" <james at cyberinvasion.net<mailto:james at cyberinvasion.net>> wrote:
Our legal advice has been critical to our process and Sidley have been crucial to our successes.
I think we should be thanking them for their service, and yes top notch legal services are not cheap.
It is most certainly something that I have no issue with the community exercising its prudence over however lets not limit ourselves in any way to engage with our counsel.


From: <cwg-stewardship-bounces at icann.org<mailto:cwg-stewardship-bounces at icann.org>> on behalf of Seun Ojedeji
Date: Thursday 25 June 2015 18:15
To: "cwg-stewardship at icann.org<mailto:cwg-stewardship at icann.org>"
Subject: [CWG-Stewardship] Legal cost reality


I hope those who want to always push issues to external legal advice would appreciate the need to be strategic and prudent about this. Over 500,000USD already spent on Sidley is definitely not what we like ICANN to keep spending it's resources on.


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