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Police Power and Personal Rights

Stops, searches, and arrests: explore the rights you have and those you thought you had, from the man who helped write the Federal Rules of Evidence. Prof. Daniel Capra sits down with host Joel Cohen to explain.

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Police Power and Personal Rights (Part 2)

Stops, searches, and arrests: learn more about the rights you have and those you thought you had, from the man who helped write the Federal Rules of Evidence. Daniel Capra sits down with host, Joel Cohen, to explain.

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Selling Human Organs

With millions of Americans waiting for life saving organ transplants, why are human organ sales criminally prohibited? Harvard professor and leading expert Glenn Cohen breaks down the regulations governing organ transplantation, describes the dangers of transplant tourism, and suggests alternative schemes we may see in the coming years.

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Selling Human Organs (Part 2)

With millions of Americans waiting for life saving organ transplants, why are human organ sales criminally prohibited? Harvard professor and leading expert Glenn Cohen breaks down the regulations governing organ transplantation, describes the dangers of transplant tourism, and suggests alternative schemes that we may see in the coming years.

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Police Technology - From Body Cameras to Facial Recognition

Rapid technological advancement is changing the way the law enforcement operate and interact with the public. Professor Bennett Capers explains how new technologies are being used by police departments across the country and the legal issues implicated.

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The Donald Sterling Affair

Race, speech, and the power of the NBA. Sports law expert Paul Haagen of Duke Law dissects the most sensational NBA owner scandal in a generation.

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The Madoff Fraud: Unwinding a Ponzi Empire

In late 2008, Bernard L. Madoff admitted to orchestrating the longest and largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, a crime spanning decades and defrauding investors of over $20 billion. David Sheehan, Chief Counsel to the trustee for the Madoff victims, discusses the fraud of the century.

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The Madoff Fraud: Unwinding a Ponzi Empire (Part 2)

In late 2008, Bernard L. Madoff admitted to orchestrating the longest and largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, a crime spanning decades and defrauding investors of over $20 billion. David Sheehan, Chief Counsel to the trustee for the Madoff victims, discusses the fraud of the century.

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Celebrity Justice & High Profile Defense

What goes into defending high-profile clients in criminal trials? Hear from veteran criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman on the unique challenges. Brafman discusses media strategy, cameras in the courtroom, maintaining attorney-client confidentiality, and the public's misperception of special treatment for celebrity defendants.

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Dance as Intellectual Property

For a spectacular dance performance, many elements have to come together - choreography, dancers, music, the set, costumes - and surprisingly a good deal of lawyering. Elena Paul of Alvin Ailey Dance Company discusses the legal issues involved in running a premiere dance company and the intellectual property rights in dance.

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Justice Forever? Life Tenure on the Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life, but should they be? Explore the constitutional principles, justifications, and criticisms behind life tenure with one of the leading constitutional scholars in the U.S., Professor Richard Fallon of Harvard Law.

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Justice Forever? Life Tenure on the Supreme Court (Part 2)

In the second of a 2-Part series, Professor Fallon looks at the downside of life tenure on the United States Supreme Court.

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Player Conduct Policies - Punishing Pro Athletes

From Ray Rice and the outcry over domestic violence in the NFL to the Chicago Black Sox Scandal, professional sports have created parallel processes to discipline athletes beyond the justice of the courts. Prof. Paul Haagen explores the history of league enforcement in sports and explains the latest legal changes affecting the NFL, NBA, MLB, pro soccer and more.

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The Power of the Prosecutor

Prosecutors hold immense power and discretion to inalterably change the lives of those they pursue. What limitations and responsibilities do they have in wielding this power? Hear from former prosecutors Professors Green and Roiphe as they discuss the broad discretionary powers prosecutors exercise and the ethical standards they must meet.

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The Power of the Prosecutor (Part 2)

Prosecutors hold immense power and discretion to inalterably change the lives of those they pursue. What limitations and responsibilities do they have in wielding this power? Hear from former prosecutors Professors Green and Roiphe as they discuss the broad discretionary powers prosecutors exercise and the ethical standards they must meet.

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In Defense of Abused Women

Intimate partner violence is an issue that transcends all gender, racial, and socioeconomic lines, but indigent women are disproportionately likely to be victims of partner abuse. Expert attorneys for the nonprofit organization Her Justice discuss the importance of access to justice and how organizations like Her Justice are helping victims escape abuse.

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In Defense of Abused Women (Part 2)

Intimate partner violence is an issue that transcends all gender, racial, and socioeconomic lines, but indigent women are disproportionately likely to be victims of partner abuse. Expert attorneys for the nonprofit organization Her Justice discuss the importance of access to justice and how organizations like Her Justice are helping victims escape abuse.

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Fashion Piracy & Anti-Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting has become exceedingly lucrative and is no longer limited to handbags and watches. Knock-offs include everything from medications to children's toys and food. Heather McDonald delves into the effects of this illicit industry and explains how she and others are combatting counterfeiters through legal means.

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Stolen Art, Forgeries & Nazi Plunder

An $80 million art fraud scheme involving fake works of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works; a treasure trove of suspected Nazi plundered art discovered in a Munich apartment; 83 pieces stolen from Jasper Johns' studio - Daniel Levy, former Assistant US Attorney, discusses with host, Joel Cohen, iconic cases that have plagued the art world in recent years and the criminal and civil legal issues involved.

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From Facebook to Tinder: The Ethics of Social Media

Facebook friending a judge, telling a client to "clean up" his Facebook, or an attorney tweeting, "Who wants to win next?" Nicole Hyland explains the common and uncommon ethical pitfalls in attorneys' social media use.

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Analyzing Death - Race and Bias in Capital Punishment

After 30 years on death row, Henry McCollum was exonerated with the help of DNA evidence for the murder and rape of a young girl. With the risk of wrongful conviction so high, can capital punishment still be justified? Stanford Law Professor John Donohue scrutinizes the controversial practice and the particular biases that surround it.

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Food Labels - What Are You Eating?

The first iteration of the Food and Drug Act came about after Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle exposed atrocious conditions in meatpacking plants.  Today’s consumers are much more interested in not only what’s in their food and how it's made but the health consequences of what they eat. Lauren Handel breaks down food labeling laws and explains some of the recent litigation on misleading food labels.

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The Criminal's Brain - Neuroscience in the Courtroom

In criminal justice, the mental state of the defendant can be critical, requiring courts to look at defendants thoughts as well as their actions. Outside of the courtroom, new research has shifted our understanding of how the human brain works.  How are are breakthroughs in neuroscience and new technologies such as brain scans being used in today's courts to judge guilt and calculate punishment? Professor Denno explores important criminal justice issues from the lens of modern neuroscience and explains the extent that evolving scientific insight is affecting the criminal justice system. 

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Regulating Guns: Smart Laws & Dumb Laws

Frequent mass shootings raise important questions about the effectiveness of US gun laws. Professor John Donohue explains the current legal landscape and the gaps, and suggests changes that could reduce gun violence in the future.

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Regulating Guns: Smart Laws & Dumb Laws (Part 2)

With mass shootings frequently dominating the news, is it time for a renewed look at our gun laws? Professor John Donohue explains the current legal landscape and the gaps, and suggests changes that could reduce gun violence in the future.

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When Religious Freedom Harms Children

The First Amendment protects religious beliefs and conduct, but the right to free exercise of religion is not absolute. What happens when religious conduct endangers the health or well-being of a child? When can the government step in to protect children's interests or mandate vaccination and medical treatment for children? Professor Hamilton answers these questions and more in her analysis of religious freedom laws and exemptions.

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When Religious Freedom Harms Children (Part 2)

The First Amendment protects religious beliefs and conduct, but the right to free exercise of religion is not absolute. What happens when religious conduct endangers the health or well-being of a child? When can the government step in to protect children's interests or mandate vaccination and medical treatment for children? Professor Hamilton answers these questions and more in her analysis of religious freedom laws and exemptions.

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Using Lawyers to Launder Money

When criminals use shell companies, offshore bank accounts, and real estate as money laundering vehicles, lawyers, whether knowingly or unknowingly, assist these transactions. Professor William Simon explains how an unwitting lawyer could be complicit in the money laundering enterprise, the basics of money laundering laws and the risk factors, and suggests best practices for lawyers.

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The Weapons of a Hostile Takeover

The poison pill, Pac-Man, golden parachute - these hostile takeover defense mechanisms have colorful names, but what do they all mean? Professor Morley breaks them down and explains how the laws have changed the landscape of M&A since the 1980s.

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Privacy & Technology in Today's Schools

Rapid advances in technology are changing how kids are learning in today's schools. Yet with the rise of education tech, what kinds of information are companies collecting from children and how is this sensitive data being stored and protected? Professor Reidenberg sheds light on this murky terrain and suggests a path forward.

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Lawyers with Bias

A Look at Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

We all hold implicit biases which create blind spots that subconsciously affect our understanding and decision-making. Implicit bias has insidious consequences that continue to contribute to low diversity and inclusion rates in law. Paulette Brown, the first woman of color to be president of the American Bar Association, offers concrete examples of biases at play in the legal profession, and what lawyers, firms, and companies can do to mitigate its harmful effects.

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Regulating Finance: Dodd Frank Decoded

The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted as a response to the Great Recession of 2007, but what does this complex regulation do and has it fixed the problems or addressed the causes of the financial meltdown? Annette Nazareth explains.

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Fighting Sex Trafficking - A New Approach

Human sex trafficking is a fast-growing, multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that spans the globe. The victims, predominantly young women and children, number in the millions. Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General, explains how authorities are combating this problem domestically and abroad by incorporating innovative approaches to enforcement and new laws to protect the victims and target traffickers, wherever they are. 

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Fighting Sex Trafficking - A New Approach (Part 2)

Human sex trafficking is a fast-growing, multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that spans the globe. The victims, predominantly young women and children, number in the millions. Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General, explains how authorities are combating this problem domestically and abroad by incorporating innovative approaches to enforcement and new laws to protect the victims and target traffickers, wherever they are.

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When Lawyers Break the Law

Lawyers defend clients when they get in trouble with the law, but what happens when lawyers break the law? They could be subject not only to the criminal justice system but also the legal profession's disciplinary system. Hal Lieberman shares his wisdom with host, Joel Cohen.

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Gerrymandering: The Art of Redrawing Elections

Gerrymander is a portmanteau of salamander + Gerry, the last name of a former governor, and is a practice that is centuries old. But how does it work, how does it affect modern day elections, and is it time to reassess the practice? Professor Issacharoff, renowned scholar on the political process, explains to host Suraj Patel.

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The Battle at the Ballot: Voting Rights Act Today

50+ years after the end of Jim Crow, voting rights remains a hotly contested issue. Professor Issacharoff explains to guest host Suraj Patel the history of voter suppression and the Voting Rights Act, and breaks down the modern debate to its elements.

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The Right to an Attorney - Currently Under Threat

The Sixth Amendment provides a right to counsel for indigents in criminal cases, but that right may be an empty promise when public defense organizations lack funding to provide adequate assistance. Seymour James, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, explains the impact on access to justice for the poor when that right is undermined.

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From Super PACs to Dark Money

American political campaigns are increasingly financed by Super PACs and shadowy nonprofits. Some believe that too much money being funneled by special interest groups and wealthy donors opens the door to corruption and influence buying. Host Suraj Patel sits down with Professor Richard Briffault to explore campaign finance laws and the key issues of contention to get to the bottom of this complicated debate.

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From Super PACs to Dark Money (Part 2)

American political campaigns are increasingly financed by Super PACs and shadowy nonprofits. Some believe that too much money being funneled by special interest groups and wealthy donors opens the door to corruption and influence buying. Host Suraj Patel sits down with Professor Briffault to explore campaign finance laws and the key issues of contention to get to the bottom of this complicated debate.

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The Internet of Things – The Latest Frontier

By 2020, Internet of Things (IoT) related consumer spending is projected to hit $2.6 trillion, and over 6.4 billion devices will be connected. What impact will the surge of IoT devices have on how we interact with the world, and how will it affect data security and privacy rights? Host Joel Cohen sits down with John Heitmann and Jameson Dempsey to find out.

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The Internet of Things – The Latest Frontier (Part 2)

By 2020, Internet of Things (IoT) related consumer spending is projected to hit $2.6 trillion, and over 6.4 billion devices will be connected. What impact will the surge of IoT devices have on how we interact with the world, and how will it affect data security and privacy rights? Host Joel Cohen sits down with John Heitmann and Jameson Dempsey to find out.

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Overachieving, Anxiety, & Addiction

Lisa was a young, high-powered corporate attorney in the ‘90s, in denial of her alcohol dependency and hiding her spiraling addiction until she couldn’t. Unfortunately, Lisa’s experience isn’t uncommon in the legal profession—a quarter of lawyers qualify as problem drinkers. In this 2-part series, Lisa chronicles her own struggle with alcohol and substance abuse and road to recovery, and discusses the strategies and resources available to lawyers and employers to improve lawyer well-being.

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Overachieving, Anxiety, & Addiction (Part 2)

Lisa was a young, high-powered corporate attorney in the ‘90s, in denial of her alcohol dependency and hiding her spiraling addiction until she couldn’t. Unfortunately, Lisa’s experience isn’t uncommon in the legal profession—a quarter of lawyers qualify as problem drinkers. Lisa chronicles her own struggle with alcohol and substance abuse and road to recovery, and discusses the strategies and resources available to lawyers and employers to improve lawyer well-being.

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When Law Firms Collapse

When law firms fail, they don't just dissolve - they implode. John Morley of Yale Law explains the unique fragility that has resulted in the spectacular collapse of firms like Dewey LeBoeuf, Howrey, and Brobeck.

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The Dangers of a Lateral Move

What are the do's and don'ts for lawyers making lateral jumps from one firm to another? Sarah McShea, legal ethics guru, reveals the hidden dangers and breaks down the ethics minefield in conflicts, communications with client, fiduciary duties to the law firm, and more.

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A Different Path to the Bench

Despite increasing numbers of minorities and women in law schools and state bars, there continues to be a lack of diversity in the judiciary. As the first female South Asian judge in New York, Judge Rajeswari talks about her unique path to the judgeship and why diversity on the bench matters.

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Lawyering Beyond State Lines

Drafting client emails on an airplane, reviewing an agreement while vacationing out-of-state - lawyers all do this, but are they running afoul of ethics rules? As clients are increasingly doing business across multiple state lines, today's lawyers need to know the pitfalls and safe harbors in multijurisdictional practice. Sarah McShea, legal ethics guru, breaks down this murky area.

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Abandoned DNA and the Ownership of Sperm

Are DNA, human tissue, and sperm "property"? What rights do you have over discarded DNA or cells that you shed everyday? Can you be sued for paternity for donating sperm or "stolen" sperm? Professor Glenn Cohen explores these questions and more.

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Abandoned DNA and the Ownership of Sperm (Part 2)

Are DNA, human tissue, and sperm "property"? What rights do you have over discarded DNA or cells that you shed everyday? Can you be sued for paternity for donating sperm or "stolen" sperm? Professor Glenn Cohen explores these questions and more.

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