As an increasing number of states legalize marijuana, it is easy to forget that federal law still outlaws it. Where does this leave citizens, local government, and attorneys who work in the cannabis industry? In the latest episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss this issue with three guests: Brian Vicente, a Colorado [...]
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Cyber currency Bitcoin has seen an exponential rise in value and popularity since its inception in 2010. Consider this: If you had bought $1,000 worth of Bitcoins in 2010, it would be worth $2.4 million dollars today. But as Bitcoin gains wider mainstream use, it is surrounded by a host of legal questions. In this episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, my cohost J. Craig Williams and I look at what lawyers and others need to know about the legitimacy and legalities of this new currency. Helping us do that are two guests:
Lowell D. Ness is a partner in the Palo Alto office of the nationwide law firm Perkins Coie. He has extensive experience in virtual currency and is a regular contributor to the firm’s Virtual Currency Report Blog, covering the law and regulation of Bitcoin and other digital currencies. Lowell’s practice focuses on high-growth emerging companies and involves venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements.
Kashmir Hill, senior online editor of Forbes, describes herself as a privacy pragmatist with an interest in the intersection of law, technology, social media and personal information. Former editor of Above the Law, she has reported extensively on Bitcoin story from the start — even living on it for a week in San Francisco — and will be releasing an e-book documenting Bitcoin’s rise later this year.
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In our latest edition of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we are joined by Allen Pusey, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, and Molly McDonough, deputy managing editor, to discuss the most important legal stories of 2013.
Alan Pusey has been with the ABA Journal since 2007 and was named editor and publisher in 2011. Prior to the ABA Journal, he worked for 26 years at the Dallas Morning News as an investigative reporter, feature writer, special projects editor, and U.S. Supreme Court correspondent.
Molly McDonough is the deputy managing editor of the ABA Journal. She currently oversees online operations and special projects, including the Legal Rebels series and the annual Blawg 100. Molly has covered the courts and the legal profession for more than 20 years. She has been a reporter and editor for the National Law Journal, as well as a reporter for many other news sources.
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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.
This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, I am joined by industry lawyer Ben Gielow and Above the Law editor Elie Mystal to discuss the legal issues facing commercial drones and how they are likely to play out.
- Ben Gielow is the government relations manager and general counsel for the advocacy sector of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. He has been featured in interviews covering the concept of commercial drones since the beginning regarding what legislation and other requirements are necessary for us to see commercial drones in our airways.
- Elie Mystal is the editor of Above the Law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he left his life as a litigator to pursue a career as an online provocateur. He has written editorials for The New York Daily News, The New York Times, and appeared on MSNBC and Fox News.
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This week’s episode of our legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer looks at secure email provider Lavabit’s appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a contempt-of-court finding resulting from the company’s resisting a government subpoena and search warrant. We discuss the case with Lavabit’s lawyer, Jesse R. Binnall.
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I was thrilled this week to interview two giants of the courtroom, F. Lee Bailey and his former law partner, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Fishman, about their new book, Excellence in Cross Examination, published by Thomson Reuters, in which the two share their insights and lessons on how to excel in cross-examination.
The book covers the essential skills a lawyer needs to be effective as a cross-examiner and then illustrates those lessons with annotated transcripts from actual trials, including Bailey’s cross of the coroner in the Sam Sheppard case and Roy Black’s examination of the key witness in the William Kennedy Smith trial.
In our Lawyer2Lawyer interview, Bailey and Fishman are frank and forthright about how lawyers can excel in the courtroom and why so many do not.
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In the wake of Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling in Floyd v. City of New York striking down the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, the latest edition of Lawyer2Lawyer looks at whether and how stop-and-frisk policies can pass constitutional muster. To help us examine this issue, we have two guests:
- Sunita Patel, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights who litigates racial profiling, immigrant justice, and other human rights issues. She represents the named plaintiffs in the Floyd class action, four minority men who argued that the stop-and-frisk law was being upheld unconstitutionally and caused indirect racial profiling. The case was filed by the CCR.
- Heather Mac Donald, a John M. Olin fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at the City Journal. She covers a number of topics including immigration, policing and racial profiling, and the New York courts. She has been featured in numerous publications regarding why the stop-and-frisk ruling will increase New York crime.
Tune in to hear Patel and Mac Donald’s opinions on the stop-and-frisk policy and how it affects crime rates, what the ruling means for the NYPD and similar policies nationwide, and if they think stop and frisk can be carried out constitutionally.
You can stream or download the program via The Legal Talk Network.
On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, we 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 40 years. He joined the ABA’s first delegation to China in the mid-1970s and since then has chaired the International Law Section. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the American Law Institute, and has served as a Fellow in the U.S. State Department Scholar/Diplomat Program. As well as numerous other positions in and outside of the ABA, he will now serve as the president of the nation’s largest legal organization.
In our interview, Silkenat discusses his major platform goals for his presidency, including tackling the legal education financing system and student debt, a legal job corps, the ABA’s stance on gun violence, and more.
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Sometime in the next couple of months, in a yet-to-be disclosed courthouse somewhere in the United States, the Nonhuman Rights Project is planning to file a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a chimpanzee. In what will be the first of a series of similar legal actions, the project will be asking the court to rule that the chimp has the legal right to bodily liberty and to order her released from her cage and moved to a cage-less sanctuary.
In this episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we talk with pioneering animal rights lawyer Steven M. Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, author of four books about animal rights, and lecturer at several law schools. Wise talks about the forthcoming habeas case, about why he believes the law should treat sentient animals as persons rather than things, and about his project’s long-term plans for battling for animal rights.
With the Supreme Court’s end-of-term 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? This week on our legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the legal history of the gay rights movement and look ahead at the future of gay rights in America. Joining us are two constitutional law scholars:
- Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet, who specializes in constitutional law and theory, with a focus in examining the practice of judicial review in the U.S. and worldwide. A former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, Tushnet’s current focus is constitutional history and the development of civil liberties. He is known for his critical and controversial analysis of Supreme Court rulings, including Brown v. The Board of Education and Roe v. Wade.
- William Eskridge, a Yale law professor who focuses in statutory interpretation. He represented a same-sex-married couple from 1990-1995 who sued for recognition of their marriage and has published many books covering the political framework of gay rights. The historical component of his book GayLaw was the basis of an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court’s (and dissenting opinion’s) analysis in Lawrence vs. Texas, the decision which made same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state.
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