This week marked the beginning of our seventh year of producing the weekly legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. With roughly 300 episodes under our belts, we continue to be the longest continually running legal podcast. We now average some 80,000 listeners a month, from all over the world. We’ve also won numerous awards. I’ve enjoyed going along [...]
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On this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer podcast: The NBA Lockout and the Law. We look at the legal and business issues involved with two great guests:
- Daniel E. Lazaroff, professor of law and Leonard Cohen chair in law and economics at Loyola Law School and director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute.
- Gabriel A. Feldman, associate professor of law at Tulane University Law School and director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.
Listen to or download the program from the Legal Talk Network.
The EEOC held a public hearing last week to consider the extent to which criminal background checks form a barrier to employment, particularly for members of minority groups. A recent study by the National Employment Law Project, concluding that the barriers can indeed be steep, called for reforms in laws and policies to provide better protections for workers.
We discuss and debate this issue on this week’s episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. Helping us consider all sides of this complex issue are:
- Charles H. Kaplan, Esq., a labor and employment partner in the New York office of Sedgwick LLP.
- Maurice Emsellem, Esq., policy co-director of the National Employment Law Project in Oakland, Calif., and a co-author of the report I mentioned above.
- Ray P. McClain, Esq., director of the Employment Discrimination Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C.
Listen to or download this week’s show: The Debate over Background Checks & Hiring Practices | Legal Talk Network.
Amy Howe, editor of SCOTUSblog, and Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for The National Law Journal, ALM and Law.com review the just-concluded Supreme Court term as our guests this week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. Listen to the program at the Legal Talk Network or subscribe via iTunes.
In this week’s episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at online law schools. For reasons ranging from finances to lifestyle, increasing numbers of lawyers-to-be are opting to get their legal education online. In addition, at least one online law school now also offers an LLM program for lawyers who want to advance their education.
To discuss these topics, we welcome two guests:
- Ellen Murphy, program director for Concord Law School’s LLM program in small business practice and a professor for the law school’s course in cross-profession ethics.
- Ross E. Mitchell, the graduate of Concord Law School who made history in 2008 when he became the first graduate of an online, unaccredited law school to win permission to take the bar exam in a state outside California and who went on to pass the Massachusetts bar and be sworn in as a lawyer there.
You can listen to the program or download the MP3 from the Legal Talk Network.
The 165-lawyer law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff has created an iPhone and iPad app that sends out an alert any time a job opens at the firm. The free app, called “Benesch Apportunity,” is a recruiting tool for law students and laterals who may be interested in joining the firm, which has offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Shanghai, White Plains and Wilmington. Besides sending out alerts, the app lists the firm’s on-campus recruiting schedule and provides other information about the firm and its recruiting program.
A story today in The Plain Dealer by reporter Alison Grant, Benesch uses new app to alert potential hires about jobs at firm, provides much more information about the app and reaction to it from several legal industry observers (including me).
Sony Corporation suffered a huge security breach in its video game online network with names, addresses and credit card numbers of 100 million PlayStation and PC game network users stolen by hackers. This week on the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss the legal obligations of companies to protect consumer data and the rights of consumers when that data is compromised. Helping us do that are two guests:
- Justin Brookman, director of the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy in Washington, D.C.
- John H. Lacey, attorney with the McCormack Firm in Boston and author of Massachusetts Data Privacy Law Blog.
Listen to or download this week’s program at the Legal Talk Network.
On Feb. 23, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in cases pending in federal court. On this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer, we discuss the implications of this announcement. Helping us do that are two guests who fall on opposite sides of the issue:
- Tobias Barrington Wolff, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the former legal advisor and LGBT policy chair for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
- Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council.
We discuss the controversy over the announcement and consider what it will mean for pending cases and for the future of DOMA.
You can download or stream this week’s show from the Legal Talk Network.
On this week’s episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the documentary, Out of the Ashes: 9/11. The film documents the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Created just 11 days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it remains the largest public entitlement program ever.
We speak with the executive producer, writer and co-director of the documentary, Marilyn J. Berger, professor at the Seattle University School of Law and founder of the school’s Films for Justice Institute; and with a lawyer who was featured in the film for her pro bono work on behalf of 9/11 victims and their families, Debra Brown Steinberg, partner with the firm, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
Listen to or download the program: The Making of Out of the Ashes: 9/11.
When snow and ice result in personal injury or property damage, who is legally responsible? The answer will likely depend on the law of the state where the accident occurs. For more than 100 years, Massachusetts applied a rule that a property owner is not liable in tort for failing to remove a natural accumulation of snow and ice. That all changed with the Supreme Judicial Court’s 2010 decision, Papadopoulos v. Target Corp., in which the court abolished any legal distinction between natural and unnatural accumulations of snow and instead said that a property owner has a duty to act “as a reasonable person under all the circumstances” with regard to removal of snow and ice.
Will the Papadopoulos ruling result in a blizzard of new lawsuits in Massachusetts? What is likely to happen elsewhere in the U.S., given the severity of the weather this winter all across the country? On this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer podcast, we interview two lawyers who are experts in the slippery issues of liability for snow and ice:
- Plaintiffs’ attorney David W. White, founding member of the Boston law firm Breakstone, White & Gluck.
- Defense lawyer James T. Scamby, partner in the Boston law firm of Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman, and the attorney who represented the property owners in the Papadopoulos case.
Listen to the show or download the MP3 at the Legal Talk Network.