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Advocacy for the unpopular: Where’s the line? | U.S. Rep. Raskin on impeachment | Bill of Rights for the earth?

When someone hires a lawyer, they are entitled to a level of zealous advocacy. Ethical guidelines bind the lawyer to be loyal and give their clients their all. 

But there are limits to even zealous advocacy. To explore the limits and parse the suspension of Rudy Giuliani’s law license, Legal Talk Today host Laurence Colletti speaks with professional responsibility expert Stacie Rosenzweig.

Rosenzweig, a lawyer for lawyers when they need a lawyer, explains the sometimes fine line between striving to win and striving to win at all costs. 

She and Colletti attempt to read the tea leaves on New York’s suspension opinion and order, explore potential challenges, and whether the former NYC mayor can expect permanent disbarment.

Insider view of President Trump’s impeachment trial

Sticking with the theme of high-profile and highly political cases, Litigation Radio landed an interview with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who takes listeners behind the scenes of the impeachment second impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump. 

Before diving into trial dynamics, host Dave Scriven-Young leads Raskin through a discussion of his legal background. Raskin explains how despite pundit predictions that his political campaign was “impossible,” he was drawn to and pursued politics.

Raskin, the lead impeachment manager and a member of the newly created select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, shares his insights, personal struggles, and perspective months later.

Who’s a journalist, and when do they deserve free press shields?

On the topic of presidential affairs, impeachment, and sensitive information, the Modern Law Library covers the book “National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On.”

Speaking with First Amendment scholars Lee Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone, host Lee Rawles leads the authors through the genesis of the Pentagon Papers case. They discuss the 1971 case’s impact on First Amendment law and whether it’s past time to rethink the handling of classified leak investigations.

The book is a compilation of views in essay form from some 30 experts on national security, journalism, and scholars. A core part of the book is whether there should be special rights for the “press” and who qualifies for that status.

Bill of Rights for the ecosystem?

Shifting gears from press rights, Lawyer 2 Lawyer explores the rights of nature. Host Craig Williams interviews environmental lawyer Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin about the Rights of Nature doctrine.

Does nature – trees, oceans, animals, and mountains – have certain unalienable rights?  

Schromen-Wawrin shares perspectives of environmental law scholarship and indigenous legal scholarship in this developing legal space.

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Molly McDonough, a longtime legal affairs journalist, is a producer for the current events show "Legal Talk Today." She also is a media and content strategist with McDonough Media LLC. McDonough previously served as editor and publisher of the ABA’s flagship magazine, the "ABA Journal." She writes about access to justice at "A Just Society."