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On the Road at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting

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by Laurence Colletti

ABA Logo“When our justice system fails these people, we must answer their call and fight on their behalf.” – Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Assocation 2016-2017

The 2016 ABA Annual Meeting took place in San Francisco, California. Like previous annual meetings, the venue was large and spread out amongst multiple hotels and establishments. The sessions featured an amazing array of leaders and speakers whose voices carry great weight in the legal profession as well as our nation — FBI Director James Comey, GCs for Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and state representatives, national advocacy group leaders, and famous authors and writers to mention a few. Being an election year and with tumultuous police/citizen relations, a vacancy at the Supreme Court, an uptick in terrorism, and a worldwide refugee crisis, there was certainly a lot to talk about.

Our ABA Annual coverage spanned several days and involved 31 guests. Day one’s late day coverage began just following our arrival in San Francisco, when we talked about Terrorism, FISA Courts, and the Zika virus. On day two we opened with employee handbooks and election laws, and closed out with celebrity writers, Supreme Court vacancies, driverless cars, and national security. On day three, we talked to both outgoing and incoming ABA Presidents Paulette Brown and Linda Klein. In addition, we recorded interviews about immigration, U.S. tech GCs, and election laws. Before leaving town, we heard about militarization of law enforcement, Japanese Internment in America during World War II, and a personal story of achieving a law degree in the face of adversity.

A special thank you to the guests who joined us on the air each day for being part of our coverage and lending our listeners your voice:

  • Cindy Cohn: Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Judge James P. Jones: United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
  • Dr. Mohammed Hafez: Associate Professor at the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
  • Captain Kenneth Dominguez: Centers for Disease Control
  • Professor James Hodge: Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics and Director of the Public Health Law and Policy Program at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.
  • Kate Bally: Director of Labor and Employment Service, Practical Law at Thomson Reuters
  • Matthew Schiff: Labor and Employment Partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP
  • Michael Lotito: Co-Chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute
  • Sierra Spitzer: Partner at Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP
  • Jonathan Shapiro: Writer and producer for “The Blacklist,” “The Practice,” “Life” and “Boston Legal”. Author of “Liars, Lawyers, and the Art of Storytelling” and “Deadly Force”
  • Professor Rachel Moran: Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery: Director and Counsel of The Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C.
  • Laura Ruettgers: Special Counsel at Severson & Werson
  • Professor Bryant Walker Smith: Assistant Professor of Law at University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Stephen Wu: Of Counsel at Silicon Valley Law Group
  • Gilman Louie: Partner at Alsop Louie Partners
  • Marc Rotenberg: President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Harvey Rishikof: Chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
  • Paulette Brown: President of the American Bar Association 2015-2016
  • Holly Cooper: Associate Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • Elisa Massimino: President and CEO of Human Rights First
  • President Linda Klein: President of the American Bar Association 2016-2017
  • Cynthia Cwik: Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law
  • Heather Rafter: Former Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law
  • Rep. Paul Stam: Speaker Pro Tempore in the North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Rashidah Grinage: Coordinator for the Coalition of Police Accountability
  • William “Dub” Lawrence: Former Sheriff for Davis County, Utah
  • Jeff Adachi: Elected Public Defender of San Francisco
  • Cathleen Yonahara: Employment Partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP
  • Karen Korematsu: Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • Andrea Jarmon: Founder of The Jarmon Law Group

The following series of audio links will bring you to the interviews discussed above. We hope you enjoy these episodes as much as we had recording them:

Predicting and Preventing Terrorist Attacks

Cindy Cohn, executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Judge James P. Jones, United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Dr. Mohammed Hafez, associate professor at the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, join hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek to talk about terrorism and the FISA Court. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Predicting and Preventing Terrorist Attacks

Zika Virus

Captain Kenneth Dominguez of the Centers for Disease Control and Professor James Hodge of Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University join host Joe Patrice for a discussion about the Zika virus and why lack of funding is slowing U.S. response to what would normally be a non-deadly disease. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Zika Virus

Minefield in the Modern Employee Handbook

Kate Bally, Director of Labor and Employment Service, Practical Law at Thomson Reuters, Matthew Schiff, labor and employment partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP, Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, and Sierra Spitzer, partner at Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP join host Laurence Colletti for a conversation about “landmine” issues in the modern employee handbook. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Minefield in the Modern Employee Handbook

Law School and Writing Legal Dramas for Television

Host Sandy Gallant-Jones interviews television writer, producer, and author Jonathan Shapiro about his experience as an attorney and how he leverages it to create new content both on and off the screen. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Law School and Writing Legal Dramas for Television

The Current State of the Supreme Court

Host and Above the Law Editor Joe Patrice interviews Professor Rachel Moran from UCLA School of Law and Nicole Austin-Hillery, the director and counsel of The Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C. to talk about Justice Scalia’s passing and the current state of the Supreme Court. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: The Current State of the Supreme Court

Driverless Cars

Laura Ruettgers, special counsel at Severson & Werson, Professor Bryant Walker from University of South Carolina School of Law, and Stephen Wu, of counsel at Silicon Valley Law Group join host Joe Patrice to talk about the morality and liability of driverless cars. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Driverless Cars

Emerging issues in Law Enforcement and National Security

Host Joe Patrice interviews Gilman Louie, partner at Alsop Louie Partners, Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and Harvey Rishikof, chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Together they talk about technology’s effect on law enforcement and national security. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Emerging issues in Law Enforcement and National Security

Outgoing President Paulette Brown’s Year in Review

Outgoing ABA President Paulette Brown sits down with hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones and Kareem Aref to talk about her year as the leader of the American Bar Association and the accomplishments along the way. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Outgoing President Paulette Brown’s Year in Review

The Global Immigration Crisis

Host Joe Patrice interviews Holly Cooper, the associate director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis, School of Law and Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First. Together, they talk about the global immigration crisis and the failure of governments around the world to live up to their obligations. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: The Global Immigration Crisis

President Linda Klein’s Year To Come

Incoming ABA President Linda Klein sits down with hosts Lynae Tucker and Chris Morgan to discuss her upcoming year and goals as the leader of the American Bar Association. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: President Linda Klein’s Year To Come

What’s Next? Tech’s Top Counsel Reveal All

The current and former chair for the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, Cynthia Cwik and Heather Rafter, talk with host Joe Patrice about what they learned from their power panel of tech GCs from Uber, Salesforce, and Oculus. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: What’s Next? Tech’s Top Counsel Reveal All

North Carolina Voter and Election Laws After Shelby

Host Joe Patrice interviews Representative Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore in the North Carolina House of Representatives about election laws and redistricting. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: North Carolina Voter and Election Laws After Shelby

The Militarization of Law Enforcement

Rashidah Grinage, coordinator for the Coalition of Police Accountability, William “Dub” Lawrence, former sheriff for Davis County, Utah, Jeff Adachi, elected public defender of San Francisco, and Cathleen Yonahara, employment partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP sit down with hosts Laurence Colletti and Kareem Aref to talk about their session, titled “How the Militarization of Law Enforcement Has Affected Peace Officers and the Communities They Serve.” Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: The Militarization of Law Enforcement

Korematsu v. United States

Host Kareem Aref interviews Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute about her father’s landmark case, Korematsu v. United States, and its applicability to the today’s climate in response to the War on Terror. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Korematsu v. United States

Overcoming Adversity to Pursue a Career in Law

Andrea Jarmon tells her story of overcoming homelessness, domestic abuse, and an unplanned teenage pregnancy to become a lawyer who helps others in matters of domestic abuse and family law. Listen here: ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Overcoming Adversity to Pursue a Career in Law

Special Reports is Now ‘On the Road with Legal Talk Network’

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If you’re a fan of Special Reports, then you know that Legal Talk Network travels the country pretty regularly to cover the biggest conferences in legal. We’re excited to share that starting today, Special Reports will now be called On the Road with Legal Talk Network.

On the Road

There will be a slight change in format and new artwork, but Legal Talk Network will keep bringing you the same great interviews with influential guests. We’ll be debuting the new format with coverage of this weekend’s ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

You don’t need to do anything, change anything, or update anything, but if you haven’t subscribed (or weren’t already subscribed to Special Reports) you can do so below:

We’re very excited for this new change. If you have feedback on this or other shows, let us know in the comments or send an email to info@legaltalknetwork.com.

We’ll see you on the road…

You Don’t Have to Be a Lawyer to Love Legal Talk Network’s New Show, Planet Lex

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by Kelsey Johnson

Woman Listening to Podcasts

Let’s face it. Legal Talk Network makes podcasts for lawyers. We’re not ashamed of it. And as a legal nerd and podcast nerd, I love them, but when I’m recommending episodes to my non-lawyer friends, sometimes I run short. That’s why I’m so excited for our new podcast Planet Lex. For a podcast made by a law school (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law) with the dean as host, Planet Lex is surprisingly accessible and compelling to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

The first episode is an interview with Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider, the post-conviction attorneys for Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects from the documentary Making a Murderer. Drizin and Nirider are central parts to the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, having spent years working to overturn wrongful convictions and ensure evidence is reliable. They discuss the Brendan Dassey and other cases with host Dan Rodriguez, describing the events that happened and why, from a legal standpoint, his confession might be unreliable as evidence. For any Making a Murderer fans jonesing for more information, you will learn a lot about the appeals process from the lawyers who are directly involved. Listen to Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer”.

Episode 2 features music copyright. Wait, stay with me. The evolution of how musicians make money, and why it has become increasingly important due to technological advancements, is not only important, it’s interesting. Whether you are thinking of pursuing your own musical career (after listening to the podcast, I recommend against it) or are simply curious about how artists make (or don’t make) money from your Spotify list, guest Peter DiCola offers in-depth and accessible answers to both. Listen to The Evolution of Copyright in Music.

On the third episode of Planet Lex, Dan Rodriguez talks with Emerson Tiller and Leslie Oster about the new Master of Science in Law Program at Northwestern, a program meant for STEM professionals. STEM stands for people studying or working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or, in other words, people who traditionally think very differently than lawyers. But, as Tiller and Oster explain, when legal skills are combined with STEM backgrounds, it results in valuable business skills. Don’t know about you, but now I’m interested. Listen to Integrating the Law and STEM Focused Multidisciplinary Education.

If you’ve been thinking about trying out a new legal podcast or are looking for a recommendation for your non-lawyer friends or partners, Planet Lex might be just the podcast for you. I know I’ll be listening. Let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook!