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J. Craig Williams

J. Craig Williams

Host of Lawyer 2 Lawyer

J. Craig Williams is admitted to practice law in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, and Washington. Before attending law school, his education began in media studies with an interest in journalism, radio, and film. Williams has incorporated those interests into his blog, May It Please the Court. He is a Top-Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer – White Collar Crime as selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.

Recent Episodes
December 8, 2023

The Political, Environmental, and Social Impact on U.S. Life Expectancy

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released a report on U.S. life expectancy. Keren Landman, senior reporter from Vox, wrote an excellent piece on this report, detailing the...

November 24, 2023

Environmental Law Series: The Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act & our Oceans

Professor Robin Craig spotlights the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), focusing on its origin & history, purpose, and impact.

November 10, 2023

Inside Art Law: Art Restitution, Stolen Art, & AI

According to the Georgetown Law Library, Art Law can be defined as “the body of law, involving numerous disciplines, that protects, regulates and facilitates the creation, use and marketing of art. Those...

October 27, 2023

Environmental Law Series: Sackett v. EPA, Water, & Wetlands

Professor Jody Freeman discusses SCOTUS' Sackett v. EPA ruling, and its impact on the EPA's powers, Clean Water Act protections, and the regulation of wetlands.

October 13, 2023

Sexual Exploitation Laws & Child Victims

In a recent incident in Columbus, Ohio, an 11 year old girl was manipulated into sending explicit photos to an adult. After law enforcement was called by the girl’s father, a police...

September 29, 2023

Environmental Law Series: Part Two: NEPA & CEQA: Courts, City Councils, Environmental Consequences, & Filing Lawsuits

Attorney Alisha M. Winterswyk continues the discussion on NEPA and CEQA, by moving into the specifics of how courts deal with decisions by city councils that deal with environmental consequences, and how...

September 1, 2023

Trump vs. the Constitution: Exploring Section 3 of the 14th Amendment

With primaries set to start in spring of 2024, an upcoming presidential election, and a number of federal & state indictments against former President Trump, including the January 6th indictment, section 3...

August 4, 2023

Environmental Law Series: The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Alisha M. Winterswyk, an attorney from Best Best & Krieger, LLP discusses NEPA and CEQA, impact, and purpose.

July 21, 2023

2023 End-of-Term SCOTUS Rulings & Long-Term Impact

As SCOTUS wrapped in leadup to its annual summer recess, three controversial rulings, all with a 6-3 vote,  created quite the stir: Biden v. Nebraska, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc.  v. President...

July 7, 2023

Environmental Law Series: The Clean Air Act

Trish McCubbin, retired Professor of Environmental Law at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, discusses the Clean Air Act, its impact, and how far we have come.

June 23, 2023

Police Decertification & SB 2

On September 30, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), also known as the Kenneth Ross, Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021, establishing a statewide system to decertify...

June 9, 2023

Environmental Law Series: The Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Professor Rob Fischman from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law discusses the Endangered Species Act, its impact, and ESA reform.

May 26, 2023

Voting Rights & Gerrymandering

According to the League of Women Voters, “Voting is a fundamental principle, and all Americans deserve the equal opportunity to make their voices heard in our democracy.” Yet over the years, various...

May 12, 2023

Environmental Law Series: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)

Professor of law Katrina F. Kuh from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University discusses CERCLA, its origin & history, purpose, and impact.

April 28, 2023

Justice Clarence Thomas, Judicial Ethics, & Calls for Reform

On April 6th, 2023, ProPublica released a report titled, Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire, detailing Justice Clarence Thomas’ failure to report years of lavish trips paid for by Republican billionaire Harlan Crow....

April 14, 2023

Environmental Law Series: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Back on Oct. 21, 1976, President Gerald Ford signed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) into law, highlighting that this law “provides sound state and local programs to deal with ever...

March 31, 2023

AI & the Law

Artificial Intelligence has become one of the most discussed topics of our day.  With the introduction of sophisticated chatbots like OpenAIs ChatGPT 3.5 and ChatGPT 4, many have predicted that we’re on...

March 17, 2023

Environmental Law Series: NEPA, Wetlands Protection, & Habitat Conservation Plans

This year, we have created a new Environmental Law series on Lawyer 2 Lawyer, where wewill cover cradle to grave treatment of chemicals and our laws on environmental biology. In this episode,...

March 3, 2023

The East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment: Transporting Chemicals & the Environment

On February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio starting a fire which spewed toxic fumes into the air, driving surrounding residents out of...

February 17, 2023

Environmental Law Series: Pollution, Clean Water & Clean Air

Former associate dean for environmental law studies at George Washington University Law School, Lee Paddock, discusses the Pollution Prevention Act, the Clean Water Act, & the Clean Air Act, and their intended...

February 8, 2023

Attorney Misconduct & Discipline

Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, dealing with Misconduct, is subtitled with the phrase “Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession”. When attorneys engage in unethical behavior, it is believed...

January 20, 2023

Environmental Law Series: Inside The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

This year, we have created a new Environmental Law series on Lawyer 2 Lawyer, where we will cover cradle to grave treatment of chemicals and our laws on environmental biology.  In our...

January 6, 2023

Ethics, Congress, SCOTUS, & the Executive Branch

As part of his bid to secure the position of Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has made a series of proposals in an effort to garner party support. ...

December 23, 2022

SCOTUS & Originalism

Originalism is a type of judicial interpretation of a constitution (especially the U.S. Constitution) that aims to follow how it would have been understood or was intended to be understood at the...

December 9, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: The Aging Lawyer & Exiting Gracefully

Tish Vincent discusses senior lawyers, possible warning signs of cognitive decline to look out for if a co-worker is suffering, how to approach, and where to go for help if you...

November 25, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: Retirement

On the last episode of our The Life of a Lawyer Start to Finish series, we discussed Money Management for Lawyers with L.J. Jones. In this episode, we move on to the...

November 11, 2022

Water Law: Droughts, Climate Change, & Policy

Water is our most precious resource, but water, statewide and worldwide, is becoming scarce. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 55 million people globally are affected by droughts every year,...

October 28, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: Money Management for Lawyers

On the last episode of our The Life of a Lawyer Start to Finish series, we discussed Lifelong Learning with attorney Kelli Proia. In this episode, we move on to the next...

October 14, 2022

The Legitimacy of SCOTUS

Last month at a judicial conference in Colorado Springs, two judges from the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals interviewed Chief Justice John Roberts on all things SCOTUS, in which he...

September 30, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: Lifelong Learning

On the last episode of our The Life of a Lawyer Start to Finish series, we discussed Hobbies & Travel with attorney Steven Lefkoff.  In this episode, we move on to the...

September 16, 2022

The DOJ Investigation & the Special Master Ruling

On September 5th, 2022, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointed judge, granted Trump’s request for a special master to review records seized by the FBI during its search of former...

September 2, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: Hobbies & Travel

On the last episode of our The Life of a Lawyer Start to Finish series, we discussed work-life balance with Molly Ranns.  In this episode, we move on to the next rung...

August 19, 2022

Classified Documents & the FBI Search of Mar-a-Lago

On August 8th 2022, FBI agents entered the Mar-a-Lago residence of former President Trump in search of classified documents, allegedly taken from the White House. According to the search warrant, the FBI...

August 5, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: Work-Life Balance

The well-being of an attorney, addressing a lawyer’s workload, stress of the profession, and how a lawyer can balance their personal and professional life.

July 27, 2022

SCOTUS, Dobbs, & the Fate of the 4th

With a ruling as momentous as we’ve seen in the recent Dobbs decision, one episode is just not enough to cover the extent of its significance. On our last episode with Cary...

July 8, 2022

SCOTUS & the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

On May 13th, 2022, we released an episode entitled SCOTUS & the Future of Roe v. Wade.  At that time, a leaked draft opinion in the matter of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s...

June 24, 2022

Inside the January 6th Hearings

The January 6th hearings, a series of five scheduled hearings investigating the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, by the United States House Select Committee,  is currently underway. So, what will...

June 10, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: The Business of Law

Christopher T. Anderson discusses what goes into setting up a law firm, building a client base and positioning yourself to become a partner with a successful book of business, and ultimately how...

May 27, 2022

Revisiting Roberts’ Rocky Road

In light of recent developments at the U.S. Supreme Court, we’ve decided to offer a revisit to a classic episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer— in fact, the very first episode of this...

May 13, 2022

SCOTUS & the Future of Roe v. Wade

It has been nearly fifty years since the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade established that the Constitution protects a woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion. But in...

April 29, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: Reprogramming a Lawyer’s Brain

Dr. Debra Austin discusses the impact law school and a heavy law practice have on a lawyer, how to manage the everyday stresses of the legal profession, and how to ultimately improve...

April 15, 2022

War Crimes

Jonathan Hafetz discusses the Russia/Ukraine war, what constitutes a war crime, and the potential war crime charges against Putin and his associates.

April 1, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: How to Find a Job After Law School

Attorney Rachel Gezerseh discusses her book, the strategy for finding a job, how to stand out from the rest, and ensuring the path you pick is the right path for you.

March 18, 2022

The CIA and the Life of a Covert Warrior

Ric Prado discusses the role of the CIA, his work as covert warrior, how our laws as a country apply, and how they apply in foreign situations.

March 4, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: How to Succeed in Law School

Attorney Issac Mamaysky discusses his book, how to navigate the challenges of law school, and what it takes to rise above.

February 18, 2022

Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Professor Rachel F. Moran discusses affirmative action in higher education, the two cases set to go before SCOTUS, and the impact these decisions could have on college admissions and affirmative action.

February 4, 2022

The Life of a Lawyer, Start to Finish: How to Get into Law School

Miriam Ingber and Kristi Jobson discuss their widely popular podcast for future law students, the admissions process, standing out in the crowd, and preparing for your first year.

January 21, 2022

The Filibuster: MLK, Voting Rights, and Constitutionality

Michael Gerhardt discusses the past, present, and possible future of the filibuster, and its impact on voting rights legislation.

January 7, 2022

January 6th: One Year Later

Greg Magarian takes a look back at the January 6th Capitol insurrection, First Amendment issues surrounding that day, and the investigation by the January 6th committee.

December 24, 2021

Divorce & the Holidays

Kelly Chang Rickert talks about divorce and the holidays, co-parenting, putting children first, and how to make your child’s holiday the best one yet.