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Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Lawyer 2 Lawyer is an award-winning podcast covering relevant, contemporary news from a legal perspective. Hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams invite industry professionals to examine current events and recent rulings in discussions that raise contemplative questions for those involved in the legal industry. Launched in 2005, Lawyer 2 Lawyer is one of the longest-running podcasts on the Internet.

Dec 17, 2013
The Legal Turbulence Facing Amazon’s Drones

News of Amazon’s plans to use delivery drones surprised many, but the fact is that a number of companies are developing drones for commercial uses. However, before any of these commercial drones can take flight, they need to clear a series of legal hurdles, from winning FAA approval to sorting out liability and privacy issues....

Dec 3, 2013
Google v. Authors Guild: The 8-Year-Legal Battle Comes to a Close

This landmark case, involving Google’s digitization project of scanning 20-million books to make them searchable through the Internet, was decided in favor of Google. “In my mind, this is a fair-use case that we will never see again,” Andrew Albanese, senior writer for Publisher’s Weekly, said, declaring the case a benchmark for future decisions. It...

Nov 20, 2013
Is U.S. District Judge Scheindlin’s Removal a Question of Judges’ First Amendment Rights?

“It’s impossible to figure out exactly what the judge did wrong,” University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Kermit Roosevelt says, discussing Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s removal from Floyd, et al. v. The City of New York, known as the “stop-and-frisk” case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Judge “ran afoul” of...

Nov 5, 2013
The Lavabit Legal Battle: Should the Government Have Access to Secure Email?

Several email providers across the nation have chosen to shut down in reaction to the government subpoena of Lavabit’s data. Ladar Levison, CEO of secure email provider Lavabit, chose to end operations after the government requested the company’s SSL keys, which would grant access to more than 400,000 users’ emails. Levison challenged the subpoenas under...

Oct 22, 2013
F. Lee Bailey and Kenneth Fishman Discuss Excellence in Cross Examination

Cross-examination is a skill that every trial lawyer hopes to master, but few do. In the new book, Excellence in Cross Examination, published by Thomson Reuters, two giants of the trial bar, F. Lee Bailey and Judge Kenneth J. Fishman, share their insights and lessons on how to excel in cross-examination. In this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi invites...

Oct 7, 2013
What to Expect for the 2013-2014 Supreme Court Term

We saw a number of high-profile cases in the last Supreme Court term. With the nation currently alert to gay rights and Obamacare, some say this new term has fallen under the radar. But take note – as the spotlight shifts to campaign finance laws, free speech, and the president’s power to make recess appointments...

Sep 23, 2013
How You Could Be Sued for Sending a Text Message

The New Jersey State Appeals Court recently ruled that texting someone while that person is driving may cause the sender to be liable if an accident occurs. Supporting arguments say those texting drivers are “virtually present” at the accident. This potential liability affects the distribution of responsibility amongst drivers when a collision occurs. On this...

Sep 10, 2013
Defining the ObamaCare Essential Health Benefits

On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, your host J. Craig Williams speaks with Dr. Shana Alex Lavarreda and David Cusano, Esq., two health-insurance industry professionals, on the implementation of the Essential Health Benefits within the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. There are ten Essential Health Benefits that all states are required to include, but the missing...

Aug 27, 2013
Can We Constitutionally Implement Stop and Frisk?

On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, Bob Ambrogi speaks with Sunita Patel of the Constitutional Center for Human Rights and Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research on Judge Scheindlin’s recent ruling, Floyd vs. City of New York, which deemed the NYPD’s use of the stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional. • Sunita Patel, an attorney...

Aug 13, 2013
New American Bar Association President James Silkenat Outlines His 2013-2014 Agenda

On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams speak with ABA President James Silkenat, on his first day in office, about his goals and initiatives for the ABA agenda. James Silkenat has been working in international law for more than forty years. He joined the ABA’s first delegation to China in...

Jul 29, 2013
Should a Chimpanzee Have Human Rights?

If it’s not legally a human, it’s a thing. But animal rights advocates argue these alternatives fail to recognize that there are many cognitively complex species who deserve to be treated as people. The Nonhuman Rights Project is planning to file a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a chimp to grant her the right...

Jul 12, 2013
Post DOMA and Prop 8 Rulings: The Next Move for Gay Rights

With the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 and DOMA rulings, same-sex marriage is now legal in California and same-sex married couples can receive federal benefits across the nation. These landmark decisions for gay rights have sparked the question: is nationwide marriage equality on the way? On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig...

Jul 2, 2013
Is Batman Legally Dead?

On this episode of Lawyer2Lawyer, J. Craig Williams chats with Entertainment Lawyer Michael Baroni and superhero-law expert James Daily about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. Proceed with caution – there are spoilers ahead! The city of Gotham sees Batman die at the end of the film. Does that mean that Bruce Wayne is legally...

Jun 21, 2013
Personal Audio vs. Electronic Frontier Foundation: The “Podcast Patent” Dispute

Personal Audio’s founder Jim Logan created and patented an idea which, in his eyes, covers the concept of podcasting. “This is the story of the American inventor,” Richard Baker, Personal Audio’s vice president of licensing, says. Personal Audio has filed lawsuits against several podcasters and media companies, claiming patent infringement by popular programs such as...

Jun 5, 2013
Sacramento’s New One-Day Divorce Program

On this episode of Lawyer2Lawyer, Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams invite California Judge James Mize to discuss his first-of-its-kind idea to address the heavy congestion of divorce cases in Sacramento’s family court: The One-Day Divorce Program. This allows couples, who meet the specified requirements, to participate in an expedited divorce process that finalizes the separation...

May 17, 2013
Private Prisons, Profits, and Prisoners’ Rights

On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi discusses private prisons with Susan Herman, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Adrian Moore, vice president of the Reason Foundation, a non-profit in support of libertarian principles and privatization. Susan Herman was elected president of the ACLU in October 2008. As Centennial Professor of...

May 3, 2013
Will Accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Get the Death Penalty?

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother of the accused for the Boston marathon bombings, has become a face of the media lately. His prosecution and potential sentence raises many questions for both the public and the legal world. Attorneys and co-hosts J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi join Attorney Jack Cunha and Professor Douglas Berman to discuss...

Dec 11, 2012
Legal Implications Surrounding the Meningitis Scare

The New England Compounding Center (NECC) shipped out tainted steroid shots to 23 states in what authorities believe resulted in a national fungal meningitis outbreak. Lawyer2Lawyer host Craig Williams chats with Attorney Michael F. Barrett, a personal injury attorney from the firm, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC and Glenn Cohen, Assistant Professor of Law...

Oct 31, 2012
Revisiting Voter ID Laws

Since our program spotlighting Voter ID Laws and Voter Purges across the country, there have been big developments in Arizona, Tennessee and key battleground state, Ohio. Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams chat with Daniel Tokaji, Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of...

Oct 11, 2012
Proposition 34, The Death Penalty Initiative Statute

On November 6, 2012, Proposition 34 will be one of the initiatives on the ballot in the state of California. If approved, Prop 34 will eliminate the death penalty in California and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  Lawyer2Lawyer host Craig Williams joins Attorney Donald H. Heller to discuss Proposition 34,...

Oct 3, 2012
Defending a Serial Killer

What is it like to defend one of America’s most infamous serial killers? Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join retired judge and lawyer, Sam L. Amirante, and retired lawyer, Daniel J. Broderick,  to discuss their new book, John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster,  and the constitutional right to a defense. Special thanks to...

Sep 26, 2012
The Presidential Race and the Judiciary

On November 6, 2012, people across the States will cast their vote for President.  Whatever the outcome, it will influence our justice system. Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Kenneth L. Manning, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Professor Carl Tobias from the University of Richmond...

Sep 19, 2012
Key Changes to Patent Law

Back on September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law, vastly changing the core of the patent system and patent law. Now, a year later, some of the key provisions are going into effect. Lawyer2Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi talks with Attorney Matthew I. Kreeger, the Co-Chair of Morrison Foerster’s Patent...

Sep 12, 2012
Civility as an Art Form in Diplomacy and the Law

Civility is a skill in the management of differences, disagreements and conflict and is good for the law profession.  So how essential is civility to the legal profession? And is it practiced well by lawyers?  Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Dick A. Semerdjian from the firm Schwartz Semerdjian Ballard & Cauley LLP...

Sep 5, 2012
Predictive Policing and the Law

Some law enforcement agencies, like the Los Angeles Police Department, are turning to crime prediction software to aid in decreasing the rising crime rate, better known as predictive policing. Weighing the advantages of these programs to reduce crime raises questions about racial profiling within specific neighborhoods and our civil liberties. Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and...

Aug 29, 2012
Lawyer2Lawyer 7th Anniversary

On the longest continually produced legal podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams share their experiences with great guests and insightful legal topics – some serious and some not so serious. And hear a behind the scenes special interview. Special thanks to our sponsors, Clio, AppRiver, and PC Law.

Aug 21, 2012
From the Courtroom to the Comedy Club

Lawyers are very often the brunt of jokes, but there is a group of attorneys that has turned the tables and is making people laugh with them instead of at them. Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, share the stage with two of the Comedians At Law.  Alex Barnett and Matt Ritter...

Aug 15, 2012
Back to School Spotlight on Law Students

It’s about that time of year again where law students brush off the summer days and head back to school. In this very special “Back to School” edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, co-host and attorney, Craig Williams, chats with law students Daren Gottlieb from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California and Han Fang from New...

Aug 8, 2012
The Impact of Voter ID Laws and Voter Purges

Before 2006, not a single US state required voters to show identification before marking a ballot.  But now, 30 states have enacted some sort of voter identification law.  Are these laws necessary to prevent voter fraud or are laws being passed to discourage low income groups, the elderly and minorities from voting?  Lawyer2Lawyer co-host and...

Aug 2, 2012
Legal Issues Surrounding the Colorado Movie Massacre

The Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre left 12 people dead and 58 wounded. The latest mass shooting in America brings up many legal issues on a national scale, including gun control, the insanity defense, liability and the death penalty.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, analyze the legal arguments of this case...

Jul 25, 2012
The Controversial War on Drugs

Back in 1971, Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” claiming “America’s Public Enemy No. 1 in the United States is drug abuse”.  Forty years later, we are still waging a war against drugs.   Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams join Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance...

Jul 17, 2012
The Return of Black Lung and the Law

A recent investigation found the rate of miners diagnosed with Black Lung Disease is surging after nearly three decades of decline.  Some blame lenient regulations, lax enforcement, even manipulation of air samples from mines.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, get the reasons behind this shocking increase and a breakdown of Black...

Jul 12, 2012
Social Media and Lawsuits

From “tweets” to Facebook status updates, social media has taken over how we communicate with the outside world.  It has also become a large part of our legal system.  Social media is now considered key evidence in both criminal cases and civil lawsuits.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi examine the surge...

Jul 3, 2012
A Radical or Rational SCOTUS Session?

After one of the most historic United States Supreme Court sessions in years, emotions ran high and charges of radicalism ran amuck as the Justices handed down rulings on immigration enforcement, national healthcare, campaign finance law, stolen valor and more.  But in the end, did SCOTUS simply uphold the law of the land? Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts...

Jun 27, 2012
Are American Law Schools Failing Students?

In his new book, Failing Law Schools, Washington University Law Professor Brian Tamanaha claims the American law school system is broken.  He blames many institutional practices including skyrocketing tuition, bloated faculties, and unnecessary school rankings. But is this a fair critique? Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi, examine these issues and more...

Jun 20, 2012
Recommendations for a Social, Mobile and Global Legal Profession

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 has released its latest recommendations so that the rules and ethics of the legal profession keep up with the incredible pace of technology.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, get the details from the ABA Commission’s Chief Reporter, Professor Andrew Perlman, and debate these suggestions with...

Jun 14, 2012
Texting While Driving and the Law

Texting while driving is a growing danger on American roads.  Every day, people are severely injured and even killed by these distracted drivers.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, get the legal lowdown on texting while driving laws and recent high-profile cases, including one where both parties involved in a texting conversation...

Jun 6, 2012
Liability After Facebook’s IPO

Facebook’s super-hyped IPO quickly turned into Wall Street folly.  Lawsuits were filed almost immediately. Accusations of selective financial disclosure, investor deception and NASDAQ negligence are flying.  So who is to blame? And who is liable?  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, get the legal story of Facebook’s botched IPO and pending litigation...

May 31, 2012
Domestic Drones and Privacy Law

On February 14, 2012, President Obama signed the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act into law.  This Act requires the FAA to allow others to fly drones, including law enforcement agencies, private companies and even individual hobbyists, over American neighborhoods.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi, talk to the experts, Ryan...

May 23, 2012
Is Your Food Safe?

3,000 Americans die every year from food-borne illnesses.  Recent warnings include listeria in lettuce, salmonella in tuna and E. coli in ground beef.  So, is the food Americans eat safe?  Are the FDA, USDA and federal laws doing enough to keep our food supply free from potentially deadly pathogens? Lawyer2Lawyer co-host and attorney, Craig Williams...

May 16, 2012
Transgender Family Law in the Courts

Advocates for the transgender community say this segment of the population faces an extremely difficult time in court because of bias and misunderstanding, especially in cases of parental rights and protection for transgender youth. Lawyer2Lawyer co-host and attorney, Bob Ambrogi breaks down the difficulties the transgender community faces every day with Attorney Jennifer L. Levi,...

May 10, 2012
Defense Attorneys Turning to Social Media

Lead counsel for accused murderer George Zimmerman calls social media an unavoidable component of high profile cases.  So, should blogging, posting and tweeting become standard practices in defense strategies?  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi, debate the pros and cons, as well as the legal and ethical issues of social media with...

May 3, 2012
The Legal Limits of Sports Violence

The infamous elbow jab of Metta World Peace, NFL “Bounty Hunters,” soccer riots, high school hockey brawls…where is the legal line drawn when it comes to violence in sports? Or is it just the nature of the game? Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams turn to  Attorney Eldon L. Ham, an adjunct...

Apr 26, 2012
Legal Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is “modern-day slavery.” And if you think it isn’t happening near you, think again. The United Nations estimates nearly 2.4 million people may be the victims of this crime.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams take a legal look at this troubling issue with Professor Bridgette Carr from the University...

Apr 19, 2012
Transparency in Congressional Travel

Members of Congress and their staffers who travel at the expense of private organizations must follow a long list of legal restrictions and requirements.  However, there is a little known exemption that allows the same federal employees to travel with virtually no accountability and very little transparency.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig...

Apr 12, 2012
Controversial Legislation in Women’s Health

From the Obama Administration’s decision on female contraception coverage, to the Congressional hearing on women’s health featuring an all-male panel of witnesses, to the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke firestorm, legislation targeting women’s health is causing quite the political controversy across the country. Lawyer2Lawyer co-host and attorney, Craig Williams, joins Attorney Shari Rendall, Director of Legislation and...

Apr 5, 2012
Obamacare on Trial

The fate of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now in the hands of the United States Supreme Court.  But did lawyers for the Obama Administration convince the justices this historic healthcare initiative conforms to the U.S. Constitution?  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys, Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams, along with Professor Ilya Somin...

Mar 28, 2012
Inside the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

The shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Florida has sparked outrage across the country. On February 26, 2012, Trayvon died from a single gunshot to the chest.  Police say neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, fired that shot.  Zimmerman is using Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law to justify the killing.  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and...

Mar 22, 2012
Gambling on Sports and the Law

What are the odds that your office NCAA basketball pool for March Madness is illegal?  Are you willing to bet that gambling outside of a casino on any sporting event breaks both state and federal laws?  So then, why is it a crapshoot that you will be prosecuted under these laws?  Lawyer2Lawyer co-hosts and attorneys,...

Mar 15, 2012
In-Vitro Fertilization, Custody Rights and Family Law

A Massachusetts court orders a man to pay child support for twin girls, born through In-vitro fertilization and with donor sperm and eggs, even though he was estranged from his wife at the time of conception.  Is this fair?  With the rise in IVF treatments, there are more and more cases across the country with...

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Bob Ambrogi

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