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 [...]
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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.
On the latest Lawyer2Lawyer podcast, we look at Peacetones, an initiative of the Internet Bar Organization to empower artists in the developing world with legal and technology tools to bring their music to the world online.
Also in the program, we share a holiday treat from a great songwriter and longtime friend, attorney Larry Savell.
Read more about this week’s show and listen to the full program at the Legal Talk Network.
This week’s episode of our legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer looks at the controversy over cameras in the Supreme Court. It turned out to be a spirited debate, with our two guests on opposite sides of the issue but my cohost J. Craig Williams and I agreeing with the pro-camera position. That sounds like three against one, but the opponent of cameras, Nancy Marder, a professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and former law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens, more than held her own. On the other side of the issue was Eric P. Robinson, deputy director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada in Reno and author of the blog Blog Law Online.
No doubt you’ve heard by now about Horace F. Hunter, the Richmond, Va., attorney who was hit with disciplinary charges by the Virginia State Bar over the criminal law blog where he writes about cases he has handled as well as other criminal-law issues. Two weeks ago, the bar gave Hunter a public admonition over his blogging and ordered him to add a disclaimer stating that his blog is advertising. Hunter is appealing the bar’s determination, asserting that it violates his First Amendment rights.
We’ve devoted the last two episodes of our Lawyer2Lawyer podcast to this issue:
- This week’s show, posted this morning, features my exclusive one-on-one interview with Hunter. He talks about his blog, the bar’s proceedings against him, and why he is continuing to fight this.
- Last week’s show discussed the Hunter case and its broader significance for legal blogging with three guests: Kevin O’Keefe, CEO and publisher of LexBlog; Eric E. Johnson, professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law and author of Blog Law Blog; and Peter Vieth, legal editor for Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
This week on the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look ahead to what is on the docket for the Supreme Court’s 2011-2012 term. Joining us to share their insights into some of the term’s key cases are Amy Howe, editor of SCOTUSblog and partner with the appellate boutique Goldstein & Russell, and Wilson R. Huhn, the C. Blake McDowell, Jr. professor and constitutional law research fellow at The University of Akron School of Law.
Listen to or download the show from the Legal Talk Network.
Craig Williams and I had a lot of fun yesterday recording the Lawyer2Lawyer Sixth Anniversary show. Not only do we have some bloopers and outtakes from past shows, but we have cameos from such blogosphere (and podosphere) notables as Monica Bay, Dennis Kennedy, Sharon Nelson and John Simek, and Lynne DeVenny and Vicki Voisin — all of whom have their own podcasts on the Legal Talk Network, the home of our podcast.
Along the way, Craig and I answer such questions as, “What is your favorite website that you check everyday?” and, “If there was a movie to be made about Lawyer2Lawyer, who would play you and why?”
Listen to or download this from the Legal Talk Network.