Treaty of Ghent

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Ghent. Signed on December 24, 1814 in the Flemish city of Ghent, the treaty brought an end to the War of 1812 fought between the United States of America and Great Britain. John Quincy Adams spent months in Belgium negotiating the end to the War.…

World Cup – America Discovers Soccer and Belgium

The World Cup is always exciting. But rarely is it exciting because of Belgium or the United States. And Belgian-U.S. relations rarely dominate the fervor of the American spirit; even less often does it dominate the sports pages. Americans know about U.S. football, baseball and basketball… and, if they grew up in some regions, perhaps…

Belgium National Day

Howard Gutman’s New Post “Happy Birthday Belgium. You are not getting older, just better. A year ago today, you swore in a new King. It was also my last official act as the U.S. Ambassador as I completed my service the next day. But we return often and we celebrate your birthday with joy, second…

Recruiting Lawyers to Lead by Gary L. Sasso

Howard Gutman’s New Post Recruiting Lawyers to Lead By Gary L. Sasso President & CEO, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, PA In professional services firms, leaders must have credibility with their partners.  This means they are typically drawn from their ranks.  That’s okay, but how can we recruit the right lawyers to lead?  Here are some…

Social Media and the Law by Kenneth P. Nolan

Howard Gutman’s New Post Social Media and the Law I’ve never taken a selfie, I don’t tweet, and I really don’t know much about yik yak or Pinterest. But with a few searches, I can learn a whole lot about you—where you live, work, attended school, how much you paid for your home, and what’s…

Howard Gutman on Reyers Laat

Howard Gutman’s New Post I was recently a guest on a leading Belgian television talk show, Reyers Laat. I think it was a good appearance (in English) as I received several congratulatory texts and emails the next morning, including from senior officials. It let me cover many topics, including the “spying” issue, and I was particularly glad finally…