At the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting, there was a discussion about Evenwel v. Abbott, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will determine the constitutionality of a Texas legislative redistricting plan that could have extensive implications if the state’s approach is overturned. In this episode of Special Reports, Laurence Colletti interviews presenters Dr. John Eastman and Thomas Saenz about Evenwel v. Abbott, the issues of voting rights and federalism, and the impact of Justice Scalia’s death on this important case. Eastman and Saenz then debate their opposing viewpoints on how to redistrict: according to population or according to eligible voters in a given district.
Dr. John Eastman, from the Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California, is a former Supreme Court Law Clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. In 1999 he founded the Center for Constitutional Jurist Prudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute. Their mission is to recover the principles of the American Founding in their Constitutional Jurist Prudence.
Thomas Saenz is president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national civil rights legal organization whose mission is to promote the civil and constitutional rights of all latinos living in the United States. They focus on the areas of employment, education, immigrant rights, and voting rights.
In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti meets with Principal at The Marquez Law Group Victor Marquez, Director of the California Office of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center Julie Wilensky, MRP Program Adjunct Faculty Erica Powers, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P. Samuel Schwartz-Fenwick, and Senior Counsel and the Anna M. Curren Fellow at Williams Institute Christy Mallory. The group kicks off the conversation with an analysis of Title 7 and discriminatory practices in hiring and employment. The discussion then hones in on discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and focuses on employers creating a more diverse and open work environment for their staff. The interview then wraps up with a discussion about laws that prohibit discrimination in public accommodations.
In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with President of the American College of Physicians Dr. Wayne Riley, Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Gun Violence David Clark, and Los Angeles City Council member Paul Krekorian to discuss firearm violence in the United States. The conversation opens with David Clark providing statistics on deaths, suicides, non-fatal injuries, and homicides that involve firearms. The discussion then shifts to the lack of research being done on gun violence and the measures that could be taken to reduce the rate of gun deaths. The interview concludes with a group discussion of gun magazine size and current firearm legislation.
Self defense through the use of deadly force is treated differently from state to state. The legal repercussions of defending yourself pivot on certain key, and often dissimilar, provisions of the law which dictate when, where, and how deadly force can be used. In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with Leigh Ann Buchanan, Steven Jansen, and Joshu Harris to discuss Stand Your Ground laws as well as their recent report to the American Bar Association titled ‘The National Taskforce on Stand Your Ground Laws Final Report and Recommendations’.
Leigh Ann Buchanan is the executive director of Venture Cafe’ Miami and chairperson of the Stand Your Ground Task Force. Prior to her current position, she worked as an attorney at Berger Singerman where her practice concentrated on complex commercial and transnational litigation as well as white collar defense and international commercial arbitration.
Steven Jansen is the vice-president and chief operating officer of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). Prior to joining APA, he was the director of the National Center for Community Prosecution (NCCP) at the National District Attorneys Association and assistant prosecuting attorney for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.
Joshu Harris is an adjunct professor at Widener University Delaware Law School where he teaches criminal law. Within the American Bar Association, he currently serves on the Body Camera Task Force, Criminal Justice Section Council, and standing committee on Gun Violence. He is a member of the Stand Your Ground Task Force and has served as assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Elie and Joe talk to Professor Peter Irons about Justice Scalia’s vacancy and the often very personal stories of the people who bring their cases to the United States Supreme Court. Listen to Elie’s mind being blown in real-time by a personal account of the life of Fred Korematsu.
During the investigation of the San Bernardino shooting the FBI obtained a company iPhone that was used by Syed Farook, one of the assailants. The investigators obtained a warrant to search the phone, but it’s currently locked and the FBI hasn’t been able to access the encrypted data. This prompted the agency to request assistance from Apple to bypass the phone’s security features, but Apple has refused. Does the FBI have the authority to compel a company to re-engineer its own product in order to undermine the security of its own customers?
In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech Privacy and Technology Project Director and principal legal advisor to Edward Snowden Ben Wizner about the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. Wizner begins by explaining The All Writs Act and how it’s being used to coerce Apple, the FBI’s potential objectives in making this request, and what dangers might be present if the FBI prevails. The conversation then shifts to the global implications for all tech companies if the the precedent is set that Apple must aid in helping the FBI get the contents of this phone and what that might mean for the national security of the United States of America – and the privacy of its citizens. Wizner then gives some insights into what it has been like to be the principal advisor for Edward Snowden and what the case has been like for him as a lawyer.
Ben Wizner is the Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. For nearly fifteen years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Last month, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly sparking a huge reaction from the legal and political world. Justice Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and is known for his conservative position in his rulings. Since his death, there has been great controversy over his replacement on the High Court and the nomination process under President Obama.
In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams join Tony Mauro, the Supreme Court correspondent for the National Law Journal and Kevin P. Martin, an appellate and regulatory litigation partner and co-chair of Goodwin Procter’s Appellate Litigation Group and Justice Scalia’s former law clerk, as they discuss the passing of Justice Scalia, his legacy, the controversy over a replacement, and the impact his death will have on the future of the Supreme Court and the laws of the land.
Tony has covered the Court for over 30 years. During his tenure, Tony has 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.
Kevin’s practice involves high stakes appeals and trials before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, with a focus on matters presenting complex constitutional and administrative law issues, as well as questions of federal preemption. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Kevin clerked not only for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, but also Judge Laurence Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In this Special Report, Future of Latinos in the United States Project Manager Pilar Escontrias and Director Emeritus and MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession Robert Nelson stop by to discuss their panel on the legal future of Latinos in America. As the Latino population in the U.S. continues to rise, so, too, do the legal issues surrounding that demographic shift. Professor Nelson sheds some light on the research that he and the American Bar Foundation are doing to pinpoint exactly what these growing legal issues are. Pilar Escontrias touches on important issues facing the Latino community such as access to university level education and the criminalization of Latinos in the legal system. Together, with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti, these guests delve into the legal opportunities and obstacles surrounding the future of Latinos in America.
Pilar M. Escontrias is project manager for the Future of Latinos in the United States project of the American Bar Foundation. She graduated with an artium baccalaureus in art and archaeology and Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University. She also received her Master of Philosophy in archaeology from the University of Cambridge and is currently seeking her Ph.D in anthropology from Northwestern University.
Robert L. Nelson is a professor of sociology and law at Northwestern University and director emeritus of the American Bar Foundation. He is also MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession and received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University. Robert received his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.
In this Special Report, Professor of Law Alan Brownstein sits in with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti to discuss the legal intersection of religious freedoms and LGBT rights. The conversation opens with a brief recap of a recent denial of service case in which a Colorado baker refused to sell a wedding cake to a same sex couple. Then, Professor Brownstein dives deep into the complexity of the ensuing Supreme Court ruling and the legal concerns therein from both a constitutional and statutory standpoint. The conversation then shifts to a discussion examining the consequences that potential court rulings could have on the very fabric of American civil rights law.
Alan Brownstein is a professor emeritus at the University of California Davis School of Law. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UC Davis School of Law and the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the University of California Davis. He is a member of the American Law Institute and was an attorney in general litigation and corporate practice with the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor. Professor Brownstein graduated from Antioch College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
In this Special Report, Oregon Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Althea Cullen, California Department of Motor Vehicles Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Brian Soublet, Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Kit Walsh, co-chair of Information Security Governance and Privacy at Troutman Sanders Mark Mao, and panel moderator and partner at Powell & Majestro P.L.L.C Anthony Majestro stop by to discuss their panel on the newest tech in motor vehicles. The conversation touches on the evolution of computers in cars and the challenges we now face regarding regulating vehicle safety, security, and privacy. From driverless cars and cyber security to global positioning systems and data collection, this episode ponders the obstacles facing lawyers as vehicular technology continues to advance.
Althea Cullen is the Special Report assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice. She served as the Consumer Outreach Director for three years and worked as a campaign director for the Oregon Public Interest Research Group.
Brian G. Soublet is the deputy director and chief counsel for the California Department of Motor Vehicles. He acquired his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Kit Walsh is a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from MIT and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Hsiao (Mark) Mao is partner in the cybersecurity, information governance and privacy and business litigation practices of Troutman Sanders. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California (summa cum laude) and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anthony J. Majestro is partner at Powell & Majestro P.L.L.C. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics at West Virginia University (summa cum laude) and his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude).