Just this month, after a long three year legal battle, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California’s Proposition 8, which is the ballot measure that banned gay marriage, is unconstitutional. The question remains-will this case now head to the U.S. Supreme Court? Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams, join Jennifer C. Pizer, Legal Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Vikram David Amar, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law, to take a look at this ruling and what this means for the future of gay marriage in America.
Six years ago, a little legal podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, entered the world of podcasting and grew in popularity, thanks to our loyal listeners, great guests and two star attorneys! Today, Lawyer2Lawyer is the longest running legal podcast with 304 podcasts published at Legal Talk Network. Since 2005, attorneys and co-hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams have discussed everything from technology in the legal profession, controversial Supreme Court decisions to debates over legal topics in just about every legal practice area you can imagine. On this very special edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, Bob and Craig reflect on the past 6 years and share some of their favorite highlights, guests and shows and some words of wisdom! And for some fun – hear some outtakes of Bob and Craig too!
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission better known as the EEOC held a hearing last month to examine arrest and conviction records as a hiring barrier. The question today is whether employers’ hiring practices today can be considered discriminatory. Attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi welcomes Attorney Charles H. Kaplan, a partner in Sedgwick LLP’s New York office, Attorney Maurice Emsellem, Policy Co-Director of the National Employment Law Project and Attorney Ray P. McClain, Director of the Employment Discrimination Project from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to explore the debate over background checks and applicants. They look at the process of conducting criminal background checks on applicants, the responsibility of employers when hiring and how the hiring process can impact those with criminal histories.
On February 23rd, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Obama administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in cases pending in federal court. Attorneys and co-hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams welcome Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Ken Klukowski, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, to discuss this controversial decision. Tobias and Ken discuss how this decision could affect current court cases, the impact on same sex-marriage and if this is the beginning of a DOMA repeal.
In recent weeks, there has been a huge backlash against the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) over full-body scanners and pat downs at select airports across the country. Attorneys and co-host Bob Ambrogi welcomes Patrick Smith, airline pilot, author, and air travel columnist, who writes the column, Ask the Pilot, for Salon.com and Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, to discuss the latest on this nationwide controversy. They take a look at the fallout from travelers, the potential legal issues, the impact on traveling and what the future holds for security and the TSA on their quest to fight terrorism.
While many around the world were paying tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Pastor Terry Jones, from the Dove World Outreach Center, had announced that he would burn 200 copies of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11 in a protest against Islam. Attorney and co-host J. Craig Williams joins Mark Potok, Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Dr. Charles C. Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum and senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, to look inside this controversy. They discuss the First Amendment, religion, Jones’ potential impact on national security, attitude toward the Muslim community and how other countries view America when it comes to religion.
June 29, 2009 – U.S. Supreme Court Ruling that a Strip Search of a Middle School Student Was Unconstitutional – Professor Karen Blum, who teaches in the area of civil rights at Suffolk Law, discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of an Arizona school’s forced strip search of a teenaged student. Learn more about Professor Blum.
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The arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts ignited a wide range of legal and social debate as well as a media firestorm worldwide. Attorneys Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams welcome famed attorney, Jack Greenberg, the former director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who, together with Thurgood Marshall, argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court in 1954. Now the Alphonse Fletcher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, Greenberg shares his perspective on racial profiling, civil rights and what we still need to learn about race relations.
When an 88-year old white supremacist walked into the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC opening fire, reaction was swift to question if this tragedy could have been prevented. And with those questions comes the examination of First Amendment rights. Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome Attorney Brian Cuban, a Dallas Attorney working for Mark Cuban Companies, Attorney Steve Freeman, Director of Legal Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League and renowned trial lawyer and First Amendment lawyer, Attorney Martin Garbus, to discuss First Amendment rights – the balance between protecting free speech for the many and restricting hate speech for the few.