Podcast
@theBar
@theBar
@theBar
Listen & Subscribe

@theBar

About
Welcome to The Chicago Bar Association’s @theBar, a podcast where young and young-ish lawyers have interesting and unscripted conversations with their guests about legal news, events, topics, stories and whatever else strikes our fancy.
More Episodes
Aug 17, 2022

Mass Shooting in Highland Park: An Interview with Mayor Nancy Rotering and Corporation Counsel Steve Elrod

On the morning of July 4, 2022, thousands of people were gathered to watch the annual Independence Day Parade in the suburban community of Highland Park, Illinois, when a gunman opened fire...

Jul 14, 2022

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: A Conversation with Michelle Wetzel General Counsel of Planned Parenthood of Illinois

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which held that the Constitution of the United States does not confer the...

Jun 29, 2022

The Scarlet A Edition (Rebroadcast)

This episode was previously recorded in 2019 before the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, but the conversation is just as relevant today. In...

May 26, 2022

War in Ukraine: Colonel Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman Discusses the Law of War

In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Trisha Rich are joined by Colonel Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman, who served as a deputy legal advisor on the National Security Council (NSC) and came...

May 18, 2022

War in Ukraine: Immigration Attorney Andy Semotiuk Discusses the Humanitarian Crisis

In this edition, host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by immigration attorney, author, Forbes contributor, and former UN correspondent, Andy Semotiuk, to discuss the history of the conflict between...

Apr 20, 2022

The Science of Legal Writing: An Interview with Judge Robert Bacharach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Margaret Mendenhall Casey are joined by Judge Robert Bacharach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to discuss his recent book...

Mar 30, 2022

@theBar from the Mailbag

Listen to the first-ever mailbag episode of CBA’s @theBar! Host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by co-hosts Trisha Rich, Maggie Mendenhall Casey and Jennifer Byrne for a conversation that is even more unscripted than...

Feb 17, 2022

The Jussie Smollett Case: An Interview with Special Prosecutor Dan Webb

Dan Webb discusses his successful prosecution of actor Jussie Smollett.

Jan 12, 2022

An Interview with Amanda Knox: Beyond Did She or Didn’t She

Amanda Knox sheds light on the issues of wrongful conviction and criminal justice reform.

Dec 15, 2021

The Chicago Mafia Edition: Former Federal Prosecutor Markus Funk discusses the trial that put a hit on the Chicago Outfit

Markus Funk joins to discuss the US government's 2005 indictment of the Chicago mafia.

Dec 8, 2021

Teaser: The Chicago Mafia Trial, Mailbag and Season 4 Kick-off

What's on tap @theBar.

Oct 21, 2021

The ‘Dr. Death’ Edition: A Conversation with Dallas D.A. Michelle Shughart about the crimes and prosecution of Christopher Duntsch

Take a look behind-the-scenes look at the criminal prosecution of the man known as "Dr. Death", Christopher Duntsch.

Sep 23, 2021

The Law School Deans Roundtable Edition

Dean Hari Osofsky of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea of DePaul University College of Law join for a roundtable discussion about the current state of legal education.

Aug 25, 2021

The Flint Water Crisis Edition: A Conversation with Lead Plaintiffs’ Attorney Corey Stern

Jonathan Amarilio is joined by Corey Stern, lead counsel for the plaintiffs injured in the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Corey discusses the origins of the water crisis, the role citizen advocates played...

Jul 29, 2021

The #FreeBritney Edition

California probate attorney Justin Gold to discusses the conservatorship of Britney Spears.

Jun 30, 2021

The Art of Shameless Self-Promotion Edition

In this edition, guest host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by public relations and legal marketing expert Debra Pickett of Page 2 Communications for a discussion about how lawyers...

May 26, 2021

The Dark Waters Edition: A Discussion with Environmental Attorney Rob Bilott

Rob Bilott sits down with host Jonathan Amarilio to discuss his struggle on behalf of tens of thousands of poisoned Ohio and West Virginia residents and his ongoing efforts to stop the...

Apr 15, 2021

The Speaking of Speakers Edition: A Discussion with Illinois’ New House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

New Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Emanuel "Chris" Welch became the first Black lawmaker to hold the position. He joins the show to talk about his story, goals and plans...

Mar 18, 2021

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Edition: Part 3 – Defendant John Froines

Part 3 of The Trial of the Chicago 7, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Jennifer Byrne continue the conversation about the landmark trial with John Froines, one of the last two living...

Mar 18, 2021

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Edition: Part 2 – Prosecutor Dick Schultz (Cont.)

Part 2 of The Trial of the Chicago 7, host Jonathan Amarilio continues his conversation about the landmark trial with Dick Schultz who represented the United States Government in the prosecution of...

Mar 18, 2021

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Edition: Part 1 – Prosecutor Dick Schultz

Part 1 of The Trial of the Chicago 7, host Jonathan Amarilio discusses the landmark trial with Dick Schultz who represented the United States Government in the prosecution of the Chicago 7.

Feb 18, 2021

The Smartmatic v. Fox News Edition

Erik Connolly discusses his $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell and others, on behalf of his client, Smartmatic.

Dec 16, 2020

Teaser: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Take a sneak peak of what's to come in our next episode.

Oct 23, 2020

The Voting Rights Edition

John Cusick joins the show to discuss the current state of voting rights.

Sep 2, 2020

The George Floyd Edition

Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, the attorneys representing Floyd’s estate, speak about the civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of Minneapolis and the police officers accused of wrongfully taking Floyd’s life.

Aug 11, 2020

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020: A Discussion with Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Durbin discusses the Act, its core goals, and how the Act seeks to achieve meaningful policing reform.

May 20, 2020

The Constitutionality of Covid Stay-At-Home Orders Edition

Ann Lousin discusses the protesting of Illinois’ stay-at-home order and whether they have a case.

Apr 24, 2020

The Criminal Courts Adapt to COVID-19 Edition: How the Pandemic Is Impacting the Rights of the Accused

Amy Campanelli talks about the constitutional issues and the impact on the rights of the accused as criminal courts adapt to the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 8, 2020

The Overcoming Loneliness Edition

J.W. Freiberg talks about loneliness as a problem in our society and how we can overcome this isolation, social distancing and quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 4, 2020

The Represent Edition: Kate Black Explains How Women Can Run for Office and Change the World

Kate Black discusses why it's important to eliminate barriers that may stop women from running for office by demystifying the process and how her book provides an accessible step-by-step guide that any...

Feb 12, 2020

The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy (Rebroadcast)

William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor, gives our listeners a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown”.

Jan 29, 2020

The Revolution Edition: A Live-Audience Conversation with Josh Deth, Founder of Revolution Brewing

Josh Deth talks about his journey from brewing beer in his garage to founding one of the most successful independent breweries in the United States.

Dec 5, 2019

The Murder of Innocence Edition: A Look Back on the Laurie Dann School Shooting with Eric Zorn

Eric Zorn discusses the Laurie Dann School shooting, what’s changed, what hasn’t changed, and what we can learn from the case that could help us stop the violence and restore peace in...

Nov 6, 2019

The Angel of Death Row Edition

Andrea Lyon talks about the politics, sociology and personal stories behind the death penalty in America.

Oct 9, 2019

The Keep Calm and Lawyer On Edition: A Candid Discussion about Mental Health and Addiction in the Legal Profession

Dr. Diana Uchiyama and Jonathan Beitner discuss lawyer mental health and addiction, as well as ways the legal profession can have a greater sense of wellness so that all lawyers can be...

Sep 5, 2019

The Scarlet A Edition

Katie Watson talks about what ordinary abortion is and how it impacts millions of Americans, as well as why understanding the term can help us unpack many other social issues.

Aug 7, 2019

The Future of the Profession Crossfire Edition

Bob Glaves and Jessica Bednarz from The Chicago Bar Foundation talks about the future of the legal profession and attorney regulation.

Jul 3, 2019

The Chocolate Covered Edition

Valerie Beck talks about the world of craft, artisan chocolate and Valerie’s Chocolate Freedom Project, which is committed to ending child slave labor in the chocolate industry.

Jun 6, 2019

The Best Speech in Life is Free Edition: An Interview with Professor Geoffrey Stone

Geoffrey Stone talks about the current challenges surrounding the First Amendment and free speech.

May 8, 2019

The Chief Justices Edition

Dan Cotter, lawyer, historian, and author, discusses the history of the handful of jurists who have lead the Supreme Court.

Apr 10, 2019

The Mastering the Game Edition: Career Tips from Diversity Expert Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones gives listeners an update on the current state of gender diversity in the legal profession.

Mar 6, 2019

The Tech Evangelist Preaches Edition: A Conversation with Legal Tech Journalist Niki Black

Nicole “Niki” Black talks about the legal profession’s reluctance to embrace technology and why lawyers must become more tech proficient.

Feb 6, 2019

The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy

William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor, gives our listeners a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown”.

Jan 2, 2019

Benching Judicial Independence: The Poland Edition

Mikołaj Pietrzak talks about the political and social conditions that led to this assault on Poland’s judiciary, the impact it’s had on the Polish people and legal system, and what can be...

Dec 5, 2018

The Civility in Uncivil Times Edition

Jayne Reardon and Clare McWilliams talk about current societal trends, best practices for appearing before the bench and how to shift the legal profession’s culture to one of greater respect and civility.

Oct 29, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General Election Edition, Part II: Erika Harold

Erika Harold talks about herself, her childhood, and why she is running in this election.

Oct 29, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General Election Edition, Part I: Kwame Raoul

Kwame Raoul talks why he's running in this election and how he views the Office of Attorney General in an increasingly partisan age.

Oct 3, 2018

The Amanda Knox Again Edition: An Interview with the Defense Team

Carlo Dalla Vedova and Alex Guittieres give a behind-the-scenes look at the Amanda Knox trial that gripped the world.

Sep 5, 2018

The Brexit Brouhaha Edition

Andrew Walker explains the practice of law across the pond, how the legal community is impacted by Brexit, and much more.

Aug 1, 2018

The Financing the Fight Edition

Guests Ajit Singh and Travis Lenkner discuss how litigation financing is changing the face of modern litigation.

Your Hosts
Jonathan Amarilio

Jon Amarilio is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Chicago, where he co-chairs Taft’s appellate group...

Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne is the Director of Continuing Legal Education for The Chicago Bar Association, for which she implements...

Trisha Rich

Trisha Rich is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office, where she practices commercial litigation and...

Maggie Mendenhall Casey

Maggie Mendenhall Casey is a trial attorney at the City of Chicago Department of Law. She represents the...

Sponsored by
Newsletter

Notify me when there’s a new episode!