Podcast category: Legal News

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Justified Shooting or Police Misconduct? A Year In Review After Ferguson

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.

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The Florida Bar Podcast

President-Elect Bill Schifino on The Florida Bar’s Future Focus

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.

Special Reports

Removing Language Barriers to Justice in the Nation’s Courts

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.

Special Reports

Who’s Responsible for Domestic Violence in the NFL

“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.

Special Reports

ABA Annual Meeting 2015: Perspectives on Race, Communities, and Policing in Twenty-First Century America

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.

Special Reports

ABA Annual Meeting 2015: Combating the Criminalization of Homelessness

Homeless people have legal problems that most of us don’t. They get in trouble for sitting on sidewalks, sleeping in the park, and their inability to pay fines. These seemingly small infractions can be crippling for a person clawing their way out of poverty. With over a million homeless in the United States and so many others a paycheck away from the same fate, what can lawyers do to help?

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti discusses these issues and much more with Casey Trupin from Columbia Legal Services, Brandon Smith from Nelson Mullins, and Jeremy Rosen the Executive Director at the ACLU of Iowa. Together they talk about causes of homelessness, the homeless courts, and a focus on treatment rather than punishment. Tune in to learn about the cycle of poverty and how you can make a difference.

Casey Trupin is the Coordinating Attorney for the Children and Youth Project for Columbia Legal Services in Washington State. He advocates for children and youth as well as works with the ABA on the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

Brandon Smith is an associate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He practices in the Firm’s Columbia office in the areas of products liability, commercial litigation, premises liability, environmental litigation, and class action.

Jeremy Rosen is the Executive Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. Prior to that he worked as the Director of Advocacy for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the Executive Director for the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness.

Special Reports

Officer and Municipality Liability for Alleged Misconduct

In the event of police misconduct, not only can municipalities stand liable but so can individual police officers. In most instances an officer would be indemnified for their actions but in states like Colorado, that isn’t always the case. What does that mean for those who protect our communities in blue uniforms?

In this episode of Special Reports, Madeline Meacham and Michael Haddad join producer Laurence Colletti to discuss these issues and more. Together they review the types of allegations that can make officers liable as well as qualified immunity for reasonable mistakes. Tune in to hear more about responsible media coverage, excessive use of force, and how it may be easier to win a suit against an officer than the city he or she serves.

Madeline Meacham is in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Before that she worked as a county attorney with Boulder County where, among many areas, she represented the Sheriff’s Department in civil suits.

Michael Haddad is a civil rights trial attorney from Oakland, California where he represents people suing police for misconduct.

Special Reports

Election Law: Redistricting, Gerrymandering, and Civil Rights

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Benjamin Griffith, Robert Heath, Nancy Abudu, Tanya Clay House, and Nicole Austin-Hillery about election law at the 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting. The guests explain the history of election law and why redistricting is necessary, gerrymandering or packing similar voters into a district, and how legal cases often involve racial discrimination. This very complicated and important area of the law involves the disciplines of demography and political science, and directly affects the way the United States’ democratic system works.

Benjamin E. Griffith is the principal in Griffith Law Firm in Oxford, Mississippi. He specializes in the election law and voting rights field including civil rights defense and institutional or insurance defense.

Robert Heath is a partner at the firm of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta in Austin, Texas, where he represents local and state governments dealing with election law issues.

Nancy Abudu is the legal director for the ACLU of Florida. She is based in the Miami office. They cover voting rights, criminal justice, immigrants rights, reproductive rights, education law, and more.

Tanya Clay House is the public policy director at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Law, whose mission is to eliminate civil rights discrimination and protect civil rights laws.

Nicole Austin-Hillery is the director and council for the Washington branch of the Brennan Center for Justice, a national legal advocacy think tank that is affiliated with the New York University School of Law.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Uber vs. Taxi: The Sharing Economy’s Power over Workers and Liability

Since its founding in 2009 and beta launch in 2010, Uber has become (arguably) the most well-known taxi-style service in the world. Popularly regarded as the “cab” you hail with an app, this service connects private for-hire drivers with riders via their mobile device. Riders don’t need to carry a wallet or purse, the app takes care of the transaction. It even encourages self-policing by allowing both drivers and riders to rate each other.

Despite its popularity, not everyone is so enamored with Uber. Recently, it has fallen under scrutiny for its utilization of independent contractors and been accused of violating local regulations for taxi services. Perhaps the most visible challengers to Uber’s ride sharing service are the taxicab companies and unions who are crying fowl in major metropolitan areas.

In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi discusses these issues and more with guests Jonathan Handel from University of Southern California and Matthew Feeney from the Cato Institute. Tune in to hear about categories for workers and liability for accidents in the new sharing economy.

Jonathan Handel is a transactional enter­tainment and technology lawyer at TroyGould as well as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He is also a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter and author of several books, including “The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis”.

Matthew Feeney is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute. Before that, Matthew worked at Reason magazine as assistant editor of Reason.com. He has also worked at The American Conservative, the Liberal Democrats, and the Institute of Economic Affairs. Feeney is a dual British-American citizen and received both his B.A. and M.A in philosophy from the University of Reading in England.

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