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Jul 1, 2014

Podcast: The Legal Status of Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

The influx of unaccompanied minors across the Mexico/U.S. border is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis. On this week’s legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at what is driving these minors to make the dangerous journey north and discuss their legal status and rights. To help us do that, we have two guests: Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration [...]

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Jun 19, 2014

Two New Podcasts: Facial Recognition and Equal Education

I’m a bit behind in plugging my own podcast here. Here are the two most-recent episodes of Lawyer2Lawyer.

Facial Recognition Technology: Security vs. Privacy Concerns.

My cohost J. Craig Williams looks at how facial-recognition technology threatens security and privacy. His guests are Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Ed Tivol, vice president of the Intelligence and Operations Division for EWA, Government Systems, Inc. a defense contractor actively developing facial recognition technology for the federal government.

60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, Equal Educational Access Remains Elusive.

Sixty years after Brown, many parents and teachers still worry that children do no receive equal access to education. We discuss equal access to education with Christian D’Andrea, an education policy analyst with the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in Madison, Wis., and Kyle Serrette, director of education justice campaigns at The Center for Popular Democracy.

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May 20, 2014

On Lawyer2Lawyer: SCOTUS and Prayer in Public Assemblies

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court decided Greece v. Galloway, a landmark case about prayer in government assemblies. Both sides invoked the First Amendment to make their case, but who is right and why?

On our latest episode of Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss the case with opposing counsels Douglas Laycock, for the respondents, and David Cortman, for the petitioner. Together, they discuss the relative merits of their cases, the endorsement test, and the coercion test. Tune in to hear more about the future of legislative prayer and your First Amendment rights.

  • Professor Douglas Laycock is a Robert E. Scott distinguished professor of aaw and professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia School of Law and one of the nation’s leading authorities on the law of religious liberty. In addition to teaching for over 30 years, Professor Laycock has testified frequently before Congress and has argued many cases in the courts, including the Supreme Court. Professor Laycock is an accomplished author on the subject at hand and the 2nd vice president of the American Law Institute. Especially pertinent to today’s episode, Professor Laycock argued for Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, the respondents, in the Supreme Court.
  • David Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice-president of Religious Liberty with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Atlanta Regional Service Center in Georgia. He also heads litigation efforts to defend and reclaim the First Amendment rights of public school students across the country. Among his many media appearances, Mr. Cortman has been on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Especially pertinent to today’s episode, he served as counsel for the Town of Greece, the petitioner, in the Supreme Court.

Listen to the show through the Soundcloud link above or at the Legal Talk NetworkNever miss an episode by subscribing to Lawyer2Lawyer in the iTunes library or via our RSS feed.

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May 7, 2014

Bryan Garner Discusses the Latest Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary

Here is an interesting factoid for you: David Lat, editor of the blog Above the Law, is credited with coining three of the 7,500 new terms in the latest edition of Black’s Law Dictionary.

Due out Friday in its 10th edition from Thomson Reuters, Black’s is generally considered to be the most authoritative source of law-related definitions. This latest edition will have 16,000 new definitions, 900 new Latin maxims, and the most thorough backdating ever of terms to their first English usage.

What does it take to prepare a new edition of Black’s? The dictionary’s editor-in-chief, lawyer and language maven Bryan A. Garner, explains the process in this latest episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. He describes the small army of 300 professionals and scholars who worked on the update and how they went about their work.

He also discusses his views on the continuing relevance of a work such as Black’s to the daily practice of law.

Listen to this week’s program via the Soundcloud above. Read more about it and find a complete archive of past episodes at the Legal Talk NetworkNever miss an episode by subscribing to Lawyer2Lawyer in the iTunes library or via our RSS feed.

So what were the three terms coined by Lat? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find that out.

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Apr 25, 2014

Podcast: Has the Promise of Gideon v. Wainwright Been Fulfilled?

In this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer, we consider the promise and reality of the right to counsel, 51 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Gideon v. Wainwright. Specifically, we look at public defenders in the south, where low pay and heavy workloads raise questions about unequal access to justice. To discuss this, we have two guests:

  • Jonathan Rapping, the president and founder of Gideon’s Promise, an Atlanta-based training and support group for public defenders in the south aimed at creating greater access to justice for indigent defendants. Rapping is also the director of the honors program in criminal justice at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where he teaches criminal law and criminal procedure.
  • Dawn Porter, a lawyer and the founder of Trilogy Films. She is the director and producer of the award-winning Gideon’s Army, a documentary about public defenders associated with Gideon’s Promise, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO Documentary Films. Last month, the film was awarded the 2014 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize.

Read more about this week’s program at the Legal Talk Network or simply click the play button above to listen.

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Apr 9, 2014

Podcast: Should Revenge Porn Be A Crime?

In our last episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we spoke to two activists urging federal and state laws to make revenge porn a crime. This week, we follow-up with two guests who believe such laws would be a serious mistake, because of both their chilling effect on free speech and their needless criminalization of conduct that can be addressed through other means.

Joining us as guests this week are:

  • Lee Rowland, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and formerly the voting rights counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice, where she successfully represented the League of Women Voters of Florida and others in constitutional challenges to Florida’s 2011 election law.
  • Marc Randazza, a First Amendment lawyer and editor of The Legal Satyricon who represents both adult entertainment companies and private individuals. He is a regular contributor to news sources such as CNN and Fox News, and is a frequent commentator on legal issues to the international media.

In the second half of the show, one of the advocates for criminalization, University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks, our guest on the first revenge porn show, returns to debate her perspective with Rowland and Randazza. It’s a spirited debate about a difficult topic.

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Mar 1, 2014

Podcast: Marijuana Law – The Great Divide Between the Feds and the States

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 criminal defense attorney and founding partner of Vicente Sederberg, “The Marijuana Law Firm.” He also serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, chairs the Denver mayor’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, and coordinates the Colorado Bar Association’s Drug Policy Project.
  • Dan Riffle is a former assistant prosecutor for Vinton County, Ohio, who has turned lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He currently serves as the director of Federal Policies for Marijuana Policy Project and helped shepherd 2013 legislation through Illinois making it the second largest medical marijuana state.
  • Kathy Haddock is the senior assistant city attorney for Boulder, Colorado. She is primarily responsible for advising finance, records, elections, airport, special districts, and special projects including medical and recreational marijuana. She has also been responsible for drafting the laws that license and govern medical marijuana businesses in Boulder.

Listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network or use the Soundcloud link above.

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Jan 16, 2014

Podcast: The Legal Issues Surrounding Bitcoin

L2L-4-384x384Cyber 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.

Listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network or simply use the Soundcloud player below.

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Jan 3, 2014

Podcast: ABA Journal Editors Discuss Year’s Top Stories

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.

You can listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network or simply click the play button below.

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Dec 18, 2013

Podcast: 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.

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.

Listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network.


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