Podcast category: Legal News

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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Thinking Like a Lawyer - Above the Law

Legal Feud

Joe and Elie take a break from the usual format to face off in a trivia challenge. Do you know your constitutional amendments? How about your Supreme Court history? Play along at home.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Supreme Court of the United States: 2015 Session in Review

In 2015, the Supreme Court once again made history with decisions that affect the social fabric of the United States. Critics of decisions, one way or the other, attribute results to political bias and decry non-deference in the opinions. From same-sex marriage and healthcare to Confederate flags and disparate-impact, this recent SCOTUS session was no doubt one of the most talked about. But what does that mean for our laws and ability to live together under one nation? In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi discuss the latest Supreme Court decisions with Tony Mauro from the National Law Journal and Tejinder Singh from SCOTUSBlog. Together they review the fundamental rights in Obergefell v. Hodges, interpretation of legislation under King v. Burwell, and free speech in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans. Tune in to hear a detailed analysis of decisions as well as predictions for the future.

Tony Mauro is the Supreme Court Correspondent for the National Law Journal and has covered the Court for 33 years. Over the years Tony’s also written about the First Amendment and food, reviewing restaurants for various publications. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Kathy Cullinan, and his daughter Emily Mauro, lives nearby, in Arlington.

Tejinder Singh is a regular contributor to the SCOTUS blog and makes frequent television and radio appearances to discuss developments at the Supreme Court. He has represented parties and amici before the Supreme Court and lower courts in a wide variety of matters. In 2014, Tejinder argued and won the Supreme Court case Lane v. Franks, establishing that the First Amendment protects the subpoenaed testimony of public employees. He was named to the National Law Journal’s D.C. Rising Stars list and is an instructor in the Harvard Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio.

Ringler Radio

Judgment in Children’s Motrin Case


In a closely watched case in the legal community, Massachusetts’ highest court upheld a $63 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson, maker of Children’s Motrin, in the case of Samantha Reckis, who developed toxic epidermal necrolysis after receiving multiple doses of Children’s Motrin. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen joins Attorney Michael Bogdanow to discuss this case, the $63 million judgment and take a look into the life of the remarkable young woman at the center of this case.

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Thinking Like a Lawyer - Above the Law

One Robe, One Vote

Elie and Joe speak to Rick Hasen, professor at UC Irvine and author of Election Law Blog. Professor Hasen explains the recent Supreme Court redistricting case, future cases regarding voting rights, and talks about the relationship between the Roberts Court and disenfranchisement. Joe argues for hope while it seems like Elie believes we should be led by a Platonic Philosopher King.

Special Reports

Animal Law in Florida: Service Dogs, Greyhound Racing, and Animal Lawyers

This year at The Florida Bar Annual Convention, the Animal Law Committee presented an ‘Animal Law in Florida’ seminar. While there, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sat down with presenters and members of the committee to discuss what animal law is, what it means to be an animal lawyer, and why education and awareness about these issues is important.

In the first of this two part podcast, Laurence interviews Florida Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Florida State Senator Maria Sachs, Florida State Director for the Humane Society of the U.S. Kate MacFall, and animal law attorney Diana Ferguson. Together, they discuss the intersection of animal rights, human rights, and Florida laws. The committee is working at the legislative level to address issues regarding service animals, bears, greyhound racing, rhinoceros tusks, research monkeys, and honey bees.

In the second half of the podcast, Laurence talks with the Animal Law Committee Vice-Chair Gil Panzer and animal law lawyer Marcy LaHart. Marcy discusses the types of clients she represents and how to make a living practicing this obscure form of law. Gil explains the purpose of the committee and what they have already achieved.

If you are interested in animal law or you like puppies, tune in to hear about the important work these lawyers are doing.

Special Reports

Updates in Criminal, Employment, and Real Property Law from Florida

Florida Law Update 2015 featured as a seminar at The Florida Bar’s 2015 Annual Convention. After the seminar, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sat down with some of the presenters to discuss what’s new in Florida Law. In the first part of this podcast, Laurence interviews Denis deVlaming about criminal law from district courts, the Florida Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court in the past 12 months.

In the second part of the podcast, Laurence interviews Manny Farach about updates in real property law and Kevin Johnson about employment law. Farach discusses mortgage foreclosure cases winding up and Marian Farms v. SunTrust Banks. Johnson talks about the well known Young vs. United Parcel Service and EEOC vs. Abercrombie & Fitch.

All three attorneys mention an ideal law change for next year in their field.

Denis deVlaming is a former Florida prosecutor now turned board certified criminal defense attorney. He is also an adjunct professor at Stetson College of Law teaching advanced criminal trial advocacy.

Manny Farach practices real estate and business litigation at Richman Greer. He also writes a weekly blurb about all real property cases every week, and summarizes them at the yearly update seminar.

Kevin Johnson is a labor and employment law attorney from Tampa, Florida. He works with the law firm of Thompson Sizemore Gonzalez & Hearing, an 18 person employment law boutique.

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