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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I’m a bit behind in plugging my own podcast here. Here are the two most-recent episodes of Lawyer2Lawyer.
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.
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.
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 Network. Never 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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network or simply use the Soundcloud player below.
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.
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.
Listen to the show at the Legal Talk Network: The Lavabit Legal Battle: Should the Government Have Access to Secure Email?, or simply click on the play button below.
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.
Read more about the interview and listen to it at the Legal Talk Network, or just click on the link below.
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.
Listen to or download the show at the Legal Talk Network.