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 [...]
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Personal Audio and its founder Jim Logan created and patented a technology which, they say, covers podcasting. The Electronic Frontier Foundation calls Personal Audio a patent troll and has launched a campaign to invalidate the patent. We hear from both sides on the latest episode of our podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer.
“This is the story of the American inventor,” Richard Baker, Personal Audio’s vice president of licensing, tells us. Personal Audio has filed lawsuits against several podcasters and media companies, claiming patent infringement by popular programs such as NBC’s The Adam Carolla Show and by CBS for its podcast distribution of multiple shows including The Voice and Meet the Press.
On the other side, the EFF is spearheading a campaign dubbed “Save Podcasting!” to rescind Personal Audio’s patent. EFF’s goal is to revoke Personal Audio’s right to compensation from any podcast program. Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney working on the campaign, represents EFF on the program.
On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, my cohost J. Craig Williams and I talk with Richard Baker and Brad Liddle, Personal Audio’s president of licensing, and Daniel Nazer, EFF staff attorney, to hear their thoughts on what defines a patent troll, the specifics behind the cases, and more.
This week on our legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the debate over the growing use of private prisons. Joining us to discuss the issue are 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 Law at Brooklyn Law School, she teaches courses in the area of criminal law and procedure and constitutional law. The ACLU has been studying and protesting against private prisons as a for-profit business for decades.
- Dr. Adrian Moore is vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation. He has conducted studies, written publications and scholarly articles on the privatization of prisons and how they yield quality corrections at a lower cost. He has served on boards and commissions developing or overseeing privatization at the federal, state, and local level.
Tune in to hear Herman and Moore debate and discuss the colossal incarceration rate, the profit motives of private prisons, the politics behind it all, and the impact on prisoners’ rights. You can stream or download the show from the Legal Talk Network.
Back in November, I announced here the final episode of our legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. After seven years of weekly shows, my cohost J. Craig Williams and I were calling it quits, due to the closing down of the company that had hosted our show, the Legal Talk Network.
Well, turns out it wasn’t over after all. At the 11th hour, new owners came in and saved the Legal Talk Network. After meeting and talking with the new owners, Denver-based LAWgical, we decided to continue the show under their mantle. They have many good ideas for not just continuing the Legal Talk Network, but expanding and enhancing it.
So, our first show since November is now up. Our topic is the prosecution and potential sentencing of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. To help us explore the topic, we have two well-qualified guests: Jack Cunha, a highly regarded criminal defense attorney in Boston, and Douglas Berman, professor of law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and author of the popular blog, Sentencing Law and Policy.
Listen to the show or download the MP3 from the Legal Talk Network.
After more than seven years of weekly shows, this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer is our last. The Legal Talk Network, which has been our home since we started the show in August 2005, is closing down. The full archive of our shows will remain available for download through the end of the year. We may move them elsewhere after that, but we have no firm plans.
We started Lawyer2Lawyer with the idea of providing quality content and discussion of timely legal news and information for the legal profession. We became the longest continuously running legal podcast and grew to have some 80,000 regular listeners a month from all corners of the globe. Craig Williams and I are proud of the show and, who knows, may yet revive it elsewhere.
I cannot heap enough praise on the great people at the Legal Talk Network. Special thanks to Lu Ann Reeb and Scott Hess, the LTN’s founders, and to our longtime producer, Kate Kenney, and engineer, Mike Hochman. Also a special thanks to our various sponsors, expecially our longest-running and most consistent sponsor, Clio.
Thanks, most of all, to our listeners. I’ve already heard from a number of you and your kind words are deeply appreciated. Your support and encouragement made the show the modest success it was.
What is like to defend one of America’s most notorious serial killers? In 1979, having just left the Illinois Office of the Public Defender to open his own practice, Sam L. Amirante was retained to defend John Wayne Gacy, who was charged with the horrific murders of 33 teenage boys and young men. In a recently published book, John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster, Amirante and co-author Danny Broderick, who is also a lawyer, tell the story of Gacy’s defense and trial.
The two authors are our guests this week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. Amirante — who went on to become a judge in Illinois and is now back in private practice — and Broderick discuss their book, the case, and why they would not hesitate to take on the defense of anyone charged with a heinous crime.
Listen to or download the show at the Legal Talk Network.
Last week marked the second phase of implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. patent law signed into law on Sept. 16, 2011. Several key provisions of the law took effect last week, most notably new procedures for third parties to challenge patents after they have been issued and new rules allowing third parties to submit prior art for patent applications.
This week in the the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss these changes with two leading experts in patent law:
Police in several major urban areas — most notably the Los Angeles Police Department — are turning to crime prediction software to aid in targeting rising crime rates. Based on algorithms used to predict earthquake aftershocks, these “predictive policing” programs forecast the highest risk times and places for crimes to occur.
In this week’s legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we hear how this technology works and discuss the implications for civil liberties and criminal profiling. Helping us do that are two guests:
- Dr. Jeff Brantingham, co-founder of PredPol, one of the leading predictive policing companies.
- Professor Andrew G. Ferguson from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, who has written several articles about the constitutional and criminal-law implications of this technology.
Here are two things that happened in August 2005:
- Facebook.com was launched.
- Our Lawyer2Lawyer podcast was launched.
I’m not sure whatever became of that Facebook thing, but our podcast rolls on. This week, we marked the seventh anniversary of our weekly legal-affairs podcast. That adds up to more than 350 episodes (I haven’t counted them, but do the math). By my reckoning, we are the longest continually running legal podcast.
Over that time, we’ve covered just about any legal topic you can come up with and interviewed guests from all walks of legal life and all parts of the globe.
The “we” in this podcast is actually a team of people. J. Craig Williams, an accomplished litigator in Irvine, Calif., and longtime blogger, is my cohost. Most weeks, we’re on the show together, interviewing the guests and adding our perspectives. Sometimes, one or the other of us can’t make it and the other flies solo.
But the real talent in the show is behind the scenes. We were fortunate back in 2005 to team up with the Legal Talk Network (before it was called the Legal Talk Network) and become its first podcast, spawning a whole stable of great legal podcasts produced and hosted by LTN.
You can read about the company and its people here. Lu Ann Reeb, the founder and driving force, is a long-time media professional and two-time Emmy Award winner who was formerly executive producer at WBZ-TV/CBS Boston. Kate Kenney and Bob Phillos produce our shows, meaning they help pick topics, line up guests, and prepare discussion outlines. Mike Hochman does production and engineering, while he’s not hitting the books as a 3L at New England School of Law.
Thanks also go to Gary Tanguay, a well-known TV sports anchor in the Boston area, whose made-for-broadcast voice introduces our show, and to Larry Savell, the lawyer, humorist and song writer who wrote us our very own song.
Last but far from least, we are grateful to the various sponsors over the years who’ve helped make the show possible. I won’t name them all, but I want to extend a special thanks to Clio, which has been our longest-running and most-consistent sponsor.
(By way of disclosure, Craig and I receive no payment of any kind from anyone for this podcast. Sponsorship fees go to help underwrite LTN’s costs in producing and hosting the show.)
All of that is a long-winded way of introducing this week’s episode of Lawyer2Lawyer. It may well be our most boring show ever, insofar as we have no guests — save a cameo from production engineer/law student Mike Hochman. Instead, Craig and I talk about the show, the profession and various other stuff.
If you can stand it, you can listen to it here.
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, a little-known law, the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, allows the same federal employees to travel with virtually no accountability and very little transparency.
In his recent report, Law Shrouds Details of Congressional Trips Abroad, ProPublica.org reporter Justin Elliott revealed details about how this law works and who it benefits. On this week’s legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, Elliott joins us to discuss his article. Also joining us is Washington University Law Professor Kathleen Clark, a leading scholar in government ethics, whistleblowing, national security law and legal ethics.