Elie and Joe complain about the media’s abysmal coverage of court cases before previewing the upcoming Supreme Court Term with a real-life Supreme Court litigator, Tejinder Singh, a partner at Goldstein & Russell (http://www.goldsteinrussell.com/attorneys/tejinder-singh/) and contributor to SCOTUSBlog. What’s next for the Supreme Court? If you said, “a lot of pro-business decisions” you’re probably right!
Many believe that good legal writing is vital for proper advocacy. But what does it mean to be a good writer on behalf of your client? Isn’t that what lawyers learn in law school? It might surprise you that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan thinks law graduates lack these essential skills when they graduate, even from our most prestigious institutions.
In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi interview Judge Alex Kozinski from the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit and Judge Richard Kopf from the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska. Together, they discuss the essential elements that go into persuasive legal writing and how lawyers might be selling their clients short. Stay tuned to hear about simple, precise, and readable writing that’s getting it done in courts today as well as why attorneys should read more newspapers and avoid burying their lead.
Judge Alex Kozinski sits on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit where he’s served since his appointment on November 7th 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. Prior to that appointment Judge Kozinski occupied other prestigious positions including Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court and Office of Counsel to the President.
Judge Richard Kopf sits on the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska where he has been since his nomination by President George H.W. Bush and confirmation by the Senate in 1992. Since that time, he has been a Member to the Committee on Codes of Conduct, Judicial Conference of the United States and the Chief Judge for the District of Nebraska. Judge Kopf is also known for his authorship of the blog “Hercules and the Umpire”.
An early morning knock on the door changed Robert Blagojevich’s life forever. Authorities presented him with a subpoena demanding campaign documents. What started as an investigation turned into an indictment. Among the many alleged charges was attempting to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat after the 2008 presidential election. Suddenly, Robert was fighting for his freedom along with his brother former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi interview Robert Blagojevich. Together they discuss they his experiences with the FBI and U.S. Attorneys Office as well as his new book “Fundraiser A: My Fight for Justice and Freedom”. Tune in to hear about his million dollar legal fight to save his name and stay out of prison.
Robert Blagojevich is the brother of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois. In June 2010, he went on trial along with his brother and was charged with several felonies. In August of the same year, the jury was unable to reach a decision and subsequently the government dropped its charges against him. Since then, he has resumed his life and speaks to groups about his experience.
What good can some men serving life sentence do for other inmates? A great deal, says Judge Laurie A. White, who co-founded a re-entry program for inmates of the infamous Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. In this episode of Asked and Answered, she tells the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward about how the program utilizes the skills of men who will never leave prison to improve the lives of those who will.
Names like Michael Brown and Eric Garner bring forth opinions on both sides of the police power debate. One side cries abuse of power while the other claims self defense. It’s been more than a year since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson and since that time, there have been other deaths at the hands of the police in cities like New York and Cleveland. Despite criminal proceedings, government investigations, riots, and political discourse, the nation has not returned to equilibrium.
In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi interview Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from University of California, Irvine School of Law and Sergeant John Rivera from the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. Together they discuss the merits of using Ferguson to analyze police procedures, culpability of elected officials, and growth of murder rates around the country. In addition, they talk about attacks on police as well as the use of military equipment. Tune in hear about body cams, protests by Black Lives Matter, and the benefits of community-based policing.
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean, distinguished professor of law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, constitutional law, federal practice, and civil rights. Erwin is a renowned author of eight books including The Case Against the Supreme Court. He has argued before the nation’s highest courts and has been counsel to detainees in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. He is a regular commentator on legal issues before the national and local media.
Sergeant John Rivera is the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. He has served the Miami Dade Police Department since 1976 where he’s worked in their Organized Crime Bureau and has served as lead investigator in the Mariel Task Force. In addition, John hosts the Rapid Response Radio Show on 880 AM and is regularly featured on national and local television for law enforcement issues.
On the last episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares discussed lawyers and technology with President Ray Abadin. But what are the overarching goals of The Florida Bar going into the future, and how do presidents, president-elects, and other leaders within the bar work together to maintain focus and achieve these goals?
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and co-host Renee Thompson interview President-Elect Bill Schifino at the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference about overreaching themes in the bar’s five-year future plan and the nature of bar succession. Tune in to hear Schifino’s thoughts about his term as president, what’s on the horizon for the legal profession, and themes such as judicial branch independence, lawyers’ public image, access to justice, enhanced member benefits, and diversity within bar leadership and the profession as a whole.
Bill Schifino is a commercial litigator and managing partner of Burr & Forman in Tampa, Florida. He was elected president of the Florida Bar in 2015, and will serve as president starting in 2016. Schifino has been on the bar’s board of governors since 2008.
American citizens who don’t speak fluent English or are illiterate face incredible disadvantages within civil, family law, and criminal courtrooms. Also, in many states juries are populated with exclusively English speaking citizens, which potentially misrepresents the peer group. Because of Gideon v. Wainwright, defendants in criminal cases have access to interpreters if necessary, but not necessarily in family law or civil cases. What are we as lawyers doing to rectify this problem?
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judge James Jordan, Judge Christopher P. Yates, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and Justice Edward L. Chavez about language barriers in the United States courts at the 2015 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting. The judges discuss actions lawyers, ABA members, and law schools can take to change these access to justice issues for the better. Tune in to hear about the effects of self-representation and how changes to the current system could be easier than you think.
Judge James Jordan presides in the 160th Judicial District in Dallas, Texas. He presides over predominantly civil cases and assists with family law cases.
Judge Christopher P. Yates is a judge of the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County, Michigan. He has served in the family division, the criminal division, the civil division, and now runs a specialized business docket. He was the vice chair of Michigan’s Limited English Proficiency Steering Committee that drafted proposed court rules governing foreign language interpreters.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th Chief Justice of the State of California in San Francisco. Among many other accomplishments, she commissioned a strategic language access plan for limited English proficient court users in California.
Justice Edward L. Chavez is a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe. He is a member of the New Mexico Language Access Advisory Committee.
“Between January 1st, 2000 and as recently as July 1st, 2015, there have been 799 arrests involving NFL players and 99 of them involved domestic abuse issues.”
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Cleveland Patterson, Scott Andresen, and Randy Kessler, panelists at the 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting. Together they discuss the history of domestic violence in the NFL starting with the Ray Rice case and the following media hype. Laurence, Cleveland, Scott, and Randy examine the punishment equivalency in the NFL, who should actually be responsible for punishment and rehabilitation, and whether the unions should be involved.
Cleveland Patterson is an assistant district attorney in Mobile, Alabama.
Scott Andresen is a sports entertainment attorney with ANDRESEN & ASSOCIATES, P.C. in Chicago.
Randy Kessler is a divorce lawyer and past chair of the ABA Family Law Section.
During the last year, public perception about police power has been called into question. On one side of the debate, some African American communities claim they’ve been singled out with abuses of power. On the other side, police departments feel they’ve been unfairly attacked while trying to protect their communities. With constant media coverage, it doesn’t appear that strong opposing opinions will subside anytime soon.
In this episode of Special Reports, producer Laurence Colletti interviews Professor Tracey Meares from Yale Law School, Professor Craig Futterman from the University of Chicago Law School, and Director Sean Smoot from the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois. Together they discuss decreased crime rates, public perceptions, and the importance of accountability. Tune in to learn more about top stressors for officers as well as the pros and cons with body cams.
Sean Smoot is the Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois as well as the Treasurer of the National Association of Police Organizations. For the last 20 years he’s represented police officers in various forms including legal representation and legislative advocacy. Recently, he represented law enforcement on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Craig Futterman is a clinical law professor at the University of Chicago Law School where he directs a civil rights clinic that focus on issues like police accountability and criminal justice reform.
Tracey Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale University where she teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. Her research focuses on building public trust between police and the public. Recently, she served on the President’s task force on 21st Century Policing.