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58 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
The Not So Grand Jury: Ep. 4 – The Lincoln Lawyer
This episode, we bring in a fellow law podcaster, Charone, and a public defender, Bryan, to discuss the convoluted 2011 Matthew McConaughey “vehicle,” The Lincoln Lawyer. The four of us discuss attorney-client confidentiality, sleeping with opposing counsel, clients’ rights, and the practicality of working from your car. ***NOTE*** For those of you using the All Too […]
46 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
The Not So Grand Jury: Ep. 3 – Philadelphia
Possibly the most timely episode we will ever release, Philadelphia (starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington) tells the story of a young lawyer fired by his law firm for being gay and having AIDS. He files a lawsuit against his old firm, capitalizing on an early landmark case for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, School Board of Nassau County, […]
43 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
The Not So Grand Jury: Ep. 2 – The Rainmaker
This adaptation of a John Grisham novel provides the guys with an opportunity to discuss a number of the ethical rules that lawyers must abide by, including the duty of candor toward the tribunal and avoiding conflicts of interests with clients, as well as some finer points of trial advocacy.
34 minutes | May 23, 2020
The Not So Grand Jury: Ep. 1 – 12 Angry Men
Hello to all of you very… very loyal All Too Common Law subscribers. First of all, I have to thank you for still subscribing to this feed after three years of silence. As you’ve probably guessed, producing a show like ATCL just proved to be too demanding on my time to do consistently. Plus the […]
24 minutes | Aug 7, 2017
Docket # 17-004: Eat Sh*t, Bob! or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Defamation Suits
Warning I am not your attorney, so don’t run around spreading lies and innuendo saying I am your attorney, because I’m not. And then you’ll have a defamation suit on your hands and you don’t want that, as you’ll see later in this episode. Please, do not take any of what you are about to […]
12 minutes | Aug 3, 2017
Docket # 17-003: Impeachment Watch, Part 1 of…?
Warning The following podcast contains law words like “judiciary,” “rules of procedure,” and “criminal indictment.” Please don’t think that just because I’m using these words I’m giving you legal advice. I am not your attorney. Intro Coming up in this episode: the first installment of an occasional, recurring topic: Impeachment Watch. I’m Geoffrey Blackwell, I’m […]
72 minutes | Feb 10, 2017
Docket #17-002: #NoMuslimBan
Thanks to the swift pace at which current events are shifting, this episode is a little more raw than the episodes I usually put out, but I think it’s important to give you all the opportunity to hear this interview in a timely manner. On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, one day after the State of […]
74 minutes | Feb 9, 2017
Docket #17-a: The Lost Signals: 12 Angry Men
Special thanks to the guys from The Lost Signals for inviting me to appear on their podcast. The guys over there are working their way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest American Films. This episode reviews the classic jury room drama 12 Angry Men. I had a great time recording this episode and I look […]
25 minutes | Jan 10, 2017
Docket #17-001: Activism and the Citizen Lobbyist
Thanks to a wedding, this episode is going to be a short one. Coming up: I sat down with my former co-host, Amanda Knief, author of Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government, to talk about the recent surge in progressive activism; and The Boy Scouts seem poised to repeat […]
48 minutes | Dec 27, 2016
Docket #16-008: Next year has to be better… right?
In this episode: The Supreme Court is set to decide how fair a fair trial needs to be; What Attorney General Jeff Sessions would mean for the legalization movement; It’s been a tough year for the International Criminal Court, so I sat down for a chat with Roger Clark, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who […]
53 minutes | Dec 7, 2016
Docket #16-007: Orangefinger!
Coming up in this episode: Can a republican president be held accountable for anything at all under a republican-controlled House and Senate? What can our new Dear Leader’s potential Supreme Court picks mean for the next thirty years of Supreme Court decisions? Colombia nears a deal to end its half-century long civil war. Plus a […]
26 minutes | Sep 25, 2016
Docket #16-006: Corporations are people, too–terrible, terrible people.
Coming up in this episode: Your trip to the grocery store is, in all likelihood, helping fund human rights abuses around the world; Nebraska’s Supreme Court rules that a convicted child molester can live with three teenage girls, because he promised never to do it again. Pinky swear; and My own personal boycott against Chipotle […]
44 minutes | Aug 16, 2016
Docket #16-005: Predatory Pokémen
Coming up in this episode: All you scholarly types will get to keep using google to search old books; A Missouri lawmaker fight to keep birth control away from his women— just HIS women, mind you; A couple hateful bigots find out other people have rights, too; and Starbucks has to deal with some of […]
39 minutes | May 29, 2016
Docket #16-004: Lessons in Punting
WARNING: I was really uncomfortable while recording this because I was sweating my balls off, so really I didn’t care what I said. Please don’t take any of this as legal advice. Coming up in this episode: • The Supreme Court gives up and goes home, apparently in order to avoid being […]
26 minutes | Apr 30, 2016
Docket #16-003: Will that be cash or credit… or faith?
WARNING: You wouldn’t drink a mason jar full of urine just because it was labelled “Granny’s peach tea,” would you? Don’t take in this podcast and thinking it’s legal advice. I am not your attorney. Coming up in this episode: The Russian Orthodox Church settles a lawsuit and pays out in prayers A Missouri lawmaker […]
35 minutes | Jan 25, 2016
Docket #16-002: Black Friday in Missouri Just Got More Interesting
Warning! While I am an attorney, I am not your attorney. Please, don’t confuse the indefinite article for the second-person possessive pronoun. That’d just be embarrassing. But not as embarrassing as mistaking this podcast for legal advice. Coming up in this episode: Bill Prady and CBS get themselves into some hot water over a warm kitty; […]
31 minutes | Jan 9, 2016
Docket #16-001: Happy Null Year!
WARNING: I am not your attorney. I’m also not Donald Trump’s attorney which, thankfully, means I don’t have tell ridiculous lies like “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the most lawful individual ever elected to the presidency.” Oh and he’s never touched alcohol once ever. Riiiight. Anyway, don’t take anything I […]
34 minutes | Oct 12, 2015
Docket #15-014: War Crimes and Misdemeanors
In this episode: Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina might start hearing the words, “Papers, please,” way more than they ever thought possible; Progressives cry foul over threats to continue investigating planned parenthood, despite the fact that there’s no evidence the nonprofit organization did anything wrong; and Doctors Without Borders accuses US armed forces of committing […]
30 minutes | Sep 28, 2015
Docket #15-013: I, Oliver, Hereby Swear or Affirm…
Warning: I am not your attorney. Please don’t take anything I might say as legal advice. In this episode: We can all say goodbye to those terrible birthday songs the wait staff at restaurants are forced to sing; A listener asks about swearing in witnesses on holy books; and I take a look at why […]
29 minutes | Sep 19, 2015
Docket #15-012: Lawmaking with Dignity
Coming up this episode: California’s legislature has sent a bill legalizing end of life treatment to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, a Catholic who once planned to become a priest. Whether he will sign or veto the bill is a mystery, which I assume will soon be added to the Rosary; A Texas judge […]
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