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Quarantine and Isolation: How Federal and State Powers Fight Ebola

Federal and State governing authorities have the power to quarantine an individual under the suspicion that person has Ebola and could possibly spread it to others. But what if the government is wrong? Is there redress for people held against their will? It might surprise you that your civil liberties can be subjugated for the common good. In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interview Gary Phelan from Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C. and Professor John Thomas from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Together they discuss balancing tests that allow both Federal and State governments to quarantine individuals as well the possible criminal and tort liabilities for people who knowingly, recklessly, or through negligence infect others. Tune in to hear more about the power given to the Executive Branch, Governmental Immunity from suit, and International Health Regulations from the World Health Organization.

Gary Phelan is a shareholder at Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C. where he represents employees and employers in a wide range of matters, including disability and age discrimination, family responsibilities discrimination, wrongful termination, and severance negotiations. Mr. Phelan was recently the attorney for a Connecticut family whose little girl was not allowed to attend school for fear that she had been exposed to Ebola during her trip to a family wedding in Nigeria. The case received nationwide attention.

Professor John Thomas of Quinnipiac University School of Law teaches health law and intellectual property. He has been published over 170 times on topics such as gun violence, health policy, politics, autism, juvenile justice, and music. In addition, he has spoken on health law topics across the U.S. and internationally. Thomas is a freelance writer and guitar player with a recent literary work titled “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII.”

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ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Bolt on Membership and Benefits

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Tom Bolt, Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division at the 2014 Fall Meeting. Bolt discusses the all-encompassing nature of the division including legal marketing, management, finance, and technology, and opportunities to network nationally and internationally. The division is expanding local outreach to law schools and local communities and he is pleased with the connection to the Women Rainmakers Board. As Chair-Elect, Tom Bolt has many ideas about the future of the Law Practice Division in 2015.

 

ABA Journal: Modern Law Library

ABA Law Practice Division: Joan Bullock on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Joan Bullock at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bullock discusses committee initiatives including building awareness, working with the Law Practice Today webzine, and reaching outside the ABA to see what is working in law firms and corporate legal departments. Bullock was a past Chair of the Law Practice Division, is Associate Dean for Teaching and Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law, and has worked with law firms on practice management skills.

 

 

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Anniversary Show: Welcoming Our Tenth Year

Having started their tenth year in podcasting, Lawyer 2 Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams take time to reflect upon on past shows, guests, and favorite moments. In an exchange of roles, Bob and Craig are interviewed by their very first guest, Michael S. Greco from K&L Gates LLP, who was the President of the American Bar Association and originally joined the show to talk about his initiatives. Tune in to hear about how our hosts got started in law, who wins “Name That Guest”, favorite shows of 2014, as well as bloopers and theme songs. Thank you to all of our listeners over the years. We hope you enjoy this episode.

Michael S. Greco is currently Of-counsel at K&L Gates LLP an international law firm that’s 2,000 attorneys strong and represents large business interests. He is a commercial litigator, arbitrator, mediator, and appellate lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in resolving complex business issues and other disputes throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Mr. Greco is a former President of the American Bar Association.

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2014 WILG Conference: Lewis Heller on the History of Workers’ Compensation Law

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Lewis Heller about the evolution of workers’ compensation law at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Heller imparts his experience and knowledge of the history of workers compensation including lawyers and organizations like Samuel Horovitz, the National Association of Compensation Claimants Attorneys (NACCA), the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG), and why it is so important for workers’ comp lawyers to know, appreciate, and understand the history of their predecessors. Lewis Heller has devoted his entire 40-year legal career to preserve the rights of injured workers. He is recognized throughout the United States as one of the premier experts in workers’ compensation law.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Law

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation lawyers Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss the cutbacks in the US Department of Labor and how that affects the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), and the Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. Birnbaum exclusively handles Longshore and Harbor workers, Defense Base Act, and non appropriated funds cases and Peters works with Longshore and Harbor and Defense Base Act cases in Seattle.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Billie-Marie Morrison on Social Media Ethical Considerations

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Billie-Marie Morrison about the ethical and legal considerations surrounding social media use at the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group’s 2014 Conference. Morrison explains that lawyers often think of social media when marketing, hiring, or advertising, but forget the ethical implications of giving legal advice in personal blogs or tweets. During a case, she emphasizes, anything written on social media by lawyers, legal staff, or clients can be discoverable. Billie-Marie Morrison is an attorney at Craig P. Kenny & Associates in Las Vegas and is a presenter at the WILG conference.

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2014 WILG Conference: Gilda Mariani on Employer Misclassification Fraud

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Gilda Mariani about the New York State Supreme Court’s Grand Jury Report at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. After the Grand Jury Report on employer fraud was released, Mariani explains, the response and next steps involved a roundtable discussion including employees, employers, chairs of New York Bar associations, city council members, a member of legislature, and a data analyst. The courses of action suggested included addressing legislation and putting together a pilot study to help detect elements of employer fraud. Gilda Mariani discussed aspects of premium fraud at a WILG event called Employer Misclassification Fraud.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Bruce Goldstein on Immigration Policy and Migrant Workers

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Farmworker Justice President Bruce Goldstein at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Goldstein describes the impact immigration policy has on farm workers’ ability to access workers’ compensation programs and other labor rights. He explains that 50-70% undocumented migrant or seasonal farmworkers are being exploited due to fear of deportation, minimal education, or lack of legal assistance. Farmworker Justice is a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on immigration policy, labor rights, occupational safety, health, and access to justice for migrant farmworkers.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Scott Trost and Nate Mudd on Mesothelioma Cases

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Scott Trost and Nate Mudd about the effects of asbestos at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos, how a 10 to 50 year latency period in effects has legal causation issues, guidelines for asbestos removal, and the enforcement of civil liability for the manufacturers. Trost and Mudd work for Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, a firm entirely focused on representing mesothelioma victims and their families.

 

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