Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Digital Detectives

Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System: What is Admissible?

There have been several programs looking at exoneration of people previously convicted of crimes. This includes The Innocence Project, currently boasting 325 DNA exonerations, and a project of the University of Michigan Law School that works on cases in which DNA is unavailable. The latter project has exonerated 1,553 individuals when we recorded this podcast. As it turns out, many of these people were convicted based on forensic science that was later proved to not be scientifically valid. So, what particular forensic disciplines are actually valid in the criminal justice system?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Judge David Waxse about the 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the relationship between bad science and wrongful convictions, and how to improve the use of forensic science in the criminal justice system. The NAS report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, found that with the exception of DNA, no forms of forensic science comply with scientific methodology. Waxse discusses the jury’s confidence in unproven science experts and witness testimony and the resulting wrongful convictions. He explains why people are just now becoming concerned with the 2009 report and discusses why The Willingham Case is relevant. Waxse plans to hold a symposium in April 2015 at Northwestern Law School in Chicago to consider with experts how to educate judges and lawyers in the criminal justice system about this issue.

Judge David Waxse is a United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas. He received his BA Degree from the University of Kansas and his JD from the Columbia University School of Law. He is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association and current chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division.

In-House Legal

Verizon’s Randy Milch on Being General Counsel and Running the In-House Legal Department

In-House Legal returns with new host Randy Milch, the executive vice president and strategic policy advisor to the chair and CEO for Verizon Communications. Formerly the general counsel for Verizon, Randy has worked nearly his entire legal career in the telecom industry.

In this episode of In-House Legal, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews host Randy Milch as he takes the reins of the show. Together, they discuss Randy’s path to becoming Verizon’s GC, the importance of having talented attorneys on your team, and the challenges faced in regulatory environments. In addition, they talk about the cost of patent trolls, the necessity of support staff, and relentlessly weathering pressure and uncertainty. Tune in to hear what Randy’s plans are for the show’s future as well as his advice for in-house legal departments.

Randy Milch is the executive vice president and strategic policy advisor to the chair and CEO for Verizon Communications. Prior to that, he was the company’s executive vice president and general counsel. Mr. Milch has worked a career in the telecom industry and brings decades of legal experience to the In-House Legal show.

Special Reports

ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Judicial Division with Judge Waxse

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judge David Waxse, chair of the Judicial Division at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Judge Waxse discusses how the Judicial Division is comprised of six conferences and how they interact. As chair, he has chosen a project to focus on concerning forensic science and the criminal justice system. His interview includes a chilling case of proven false execution. Judge David Waxse is a federal magistrate judge at the Robert J. Knoll Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. He has been a judge for 16 years after having practiced law in Kansas for about 30 years.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Law Student Division with Aaron Sohaski

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Law Student Division Chair Aaron Sohaski at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Sohaski discusses member benefits of the Law Student Division, their connection with the Young Lawyers Division, and their popular competitions: arbitration competition, negotiations competition, and the client counseling competition. He also explains their future plans to strip away Interpretation 305-2, an accreditation standard banning paid externships. Aaron Sohaski is a 3L at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: House of Delegates with Trish Refo

The Digital Edge podcast Host Jim Calloway interviews Trish Refo, chair of the ABA House of Delegates, at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Refo equates the House of Delegates to the Legislative branch; it makes and sets policy for the entire association. She discusses the various future issues that may be brought to the house including unaccompanied minor immigrants, consumer data privacy, possession and ownership of wild animals, stand your ground laws, and roadmaps to making Native Americans safer, among other legal concerns. Trish Refo is a partner at Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix where she practices commercial litigation with an emphasis on business tort disputes and legal malpractice defense.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Section on Real Property, Trusts and Estates Law with Orlando Lucero

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Orlando Lucero, vice-chair for the Section of Real Property Trusts and Estates Law at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Lucero discusses his Hispanic homebuyer video, a project focusing on providing valuable information for the Latino community about selecting good advisors, the risks and benefits associated with different financing options, and key points to consider when selling and buying a home. Orlando Lucero is vice president/escrow officer at Stewart Title in Albuquerque, where his work includes commercial and residential transactions.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: ABA Leisure

Legal Talk Network Hosts Jason Marsh and Adriana Linares interview Christine Gregorio, Kate Noble, Lee Swanson, and Larry Gil about ABA Leisure at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Together they discuss the concept of ABA Leisure, a program involving networking and educational opportunities for lawyers within their recreational time rather than in a professional context. Some of the main activities include golf, wine, and travel.

Larry Gill is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Revenue Officer of the American Bar Association. He is in charge of the ABA Leisure project.

Kristine Gregorio is the director of communications and special projects at the ABA.

Lee Swanson is the associate director of member leisure communities at the ABA.

Kate Noble is the community marketing manager at the ABA.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Directing the Law Practice Division with Cindy Galvin and Marisol Massini

The Law Practice Division (LPD) Legal Marketing Interest Group Chair Jason Marsh interviews LPD Associate Director Cindy Galvin and Meetings Assistant Marisol Massini at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Galvin talks about the logistics of planning meetings and the benefits of joining the LPD. Massini discusses her involvement with the Women Rainmakers. They both encourage all legal professionals to join the LPD and members to come to the meetings.

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ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section with Michael Drumke

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Michael Drumke, chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Drumke discusses his role as chair, TIPS involvement with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, the plaintiffs and defense lawyers that are members of TIPS, and opportunities the section provides. Michael Drumke is a trial lawyer at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP in Chicago, representing clients across the country.

Special Reports

ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Tom Bolt on the Law Practice Division

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews Tom Bolt, chair-elect of the ABA Law Practice Division (LPD) at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Bolt discusses the progression of LPD and how it can give assistance to big firm, solo, and small firm lawyers, government lawyers, those in the judiciary, and even legal associates. In addition to being Chair-Elect of LPD, Tom Bolt is founder and managing attorney of BoltNagi PC on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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