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52 minutes | 5 months ago
The George Floyd Edition
EXCLUSIVE: In their first long-format interview discussing the George Floyd case, Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, the attorneys representing Floyd’s estate, speak with host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Martin Gould about the fateful events of May 25, 2020, and the civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of Minneapolis and the police officers accused of wrongfully taking Floyd’s life. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
55 minutes | 5 months ago
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020: A Discussion with Senator Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently joined the CBA to discuss the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the first-ever comprehensive federal legislative effort to hold police accountable for misdeeds, change negative aspects of the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities. In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Chastidy Burns break down a recent discussion with Senator Durbin about the Act, its core goals, and how the Act seeks to achieve meaningful policing reform. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
The Constitutionality of Covid Stay-At-Home Orders Edition
In the third of our series relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Jack Sanker are joined by Professor Ann Lousin to discuss whether those protesting the constitutionality of Illinois’ stay-at-home order have a case. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
44 minutes | 9 months ago
The Criminal Courts Adapt to COVID-19 Edition: How the Pandemic Is Impacting the Rights of the Accused
In the second of our series of COVID-19 related podcasts, our hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Chastidy Burns speak with Amy Campanelli, the Public Defender of Cook County, about the constitutional issues being raised and the impact on the rights of the accused as criminal courts adapt to the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
50 minutes | 9 months ago
The Overcoming Loneliness Edition
In the first of our series of COVID-19 related podcasts, our hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne speak with J.W. Freiberg, social psychologist, lawyer, and author of the forthcoming book, “Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone: A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness, and Litigation,” about the chronic loneliness problem in our society and how we can overcome it—an issue that has become prescient as we cope with isolation, social distancing and quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
51 minutes | a year ago
The Represent Edition: Kate Black Explains How Women Can Run for Office and Change the World
A record number of women are now serving in Congress thanks to the “pink wave” of 2018, but women are still underrepresented in American politics. Why is that and what can we do to level the playing field? In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Alexis Crawford Douglas are joined by Kate Black, a political advisor and former chief of staff of EMILY’S List, to discuss REPRESENT: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World—her recent collaboration with actress and comedian, June Diane Raphael. The book aims to eliminate barriers that may stop women from running for office by demystifying the process and providing an accessible step-by-step guide that any person can follow. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
51 minutes | a year ago
The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy (Rebroadcast)
Disclaimer: This episode was originally aired on February 6, 2019. American serial killer and rapist, John Wayne Gacy, Jr., became notorious for the mass murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the late 1970s. December 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the mass grave beneath his home, which shocked the American public and shattered the image of the safe suburban community. This episode provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown” by William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor who took him on and sent him to his eventual execution. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
65 minutes | a year ago
The Revolution Edition: A Live-Audience Conversation with Josh Deth, Founder of Revolution Brewing
@theBar recently took its show on the road for a live audience taping at Revolution Brewing, where we spoke with Revolution’s owner and founder, Josh Deth. In this unique edition, enjoy the live-audience experience as Josh talks with co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha Rich about his journey from brewing beer in his garage to founding one of the most successful independent breweries in the United States. They also discuss what Josh learned along the way about beer, entrepreneurship, the law, and staying true to his roots. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
55 minutes | a year ago
The Murder of Innocence Edition: A Look Back on the Laurie Dann School Shooting with Eric Zorn
On May 20, 1988, Laurie Dann, a babysitter with a history of disturbing behavior and deteriorating psychological health, shot 6 children in a second-grade classroom in Winnetka, Illinois, killing one and severely wounding the others. The hostage situation and police stand-off that followed ended with Dann taking her own life. At the time, before school shootings were common, the incident rocked the country and dominated the news cycle for weeks. But what seemed unthinkable in 1988 has become tragically commonplace today—a school shooting now occurs every single week in America. In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne are joined by Chicago Tribune journalist Eric Zorn for a look back on Dann’s life, tragic crimes, and legacy. They discuss what’s changed, what hasn’t changed, and what we can learn from the Dann case that could help us stop the violence and restore peace in our schools. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
46 minutes | a year ago
The Angel of Death Row Edition
In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Nykoel Kahn are joined by renowned death penalty defense lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, Andrea Lyon, for a discussion about the politics, sociology and personal stories behind the death penalty in America. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, Andrea was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case, and today holds an unparalleled 19 wins against the application of the death penalty in 19 capital cases. Andrea shares her experiences and candidly discusses the challenges of a career spent advocating for justice for those on death row, and why to this day, she remains steadfast in her belief in the power of redemption. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
54 minutes | a year ago
The Keep Calm and Lawyer On Edition: A Candid Discussion about Mental Health and Addiction in the Legal Profession
Lawyers tend to bury themselves in work and focus solely on getting through the day. The result is that lawyers all too often ignore their own well-being and carry a sense of ambivalence about the legal profession’s problems with mental health and wellness. In recognition of World Mental Health day, host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by special guest host Stephanie Villinski of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, along with guests Dr. Diana Uchiyama, Executive Director of Illinois’ Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) and Chicago-based lawyer and wellness expert, Jonathan Beitner. The group has a candid discussion about lawyer mental health and addiction, as well as ways the legal profession can collectively cultivate a greater sense of wellness so that all lawyers can be as happy and successful as possible. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
59 minutes | a year ago
The Scarlet A Edition
At least one in four American women will have an abortion in her lifetime, and the Supreme Court deemed it a constitutional right in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago, yet the stigma is such that we’re unable to have a civil conversation about the topic. In this edition, co-hosts Jon Amarilio and Chastidy Burns are joined by Katie Watson, a lawyer, professor, bioethicist, and the author of “Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion.” Katie makes the argument that we need to start having real conversations about ordinary abortion because it impacts millions of Americans, and can help us unpack many other social issues, including civil rights, religion, socioeconomic stratification and more. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
50 minutes | a year ago
The Future of the Profession Crossfire Edition
In this edition, co-hosts Jon Amarilio and Jeff Moskowitz are joined by Bob Glaves and Jessica Bednarz from The Chicago Bar Foundation for a lively crossfire about the future of the legal profession and attorney regulation. Bob and Jess argue that the legal profession needs to make dramatic changes to the way it does business and regulates itself in order to adapt to the rapidly changing economy and solve the access to justice problem, while Jon and Jeff question whether the proposed changes will create a race to the bottom that will undermine the quality of legal services and attorneys’ lives in the long run. Tune in to figure out where you stand in this ongoing debate. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
48 minutes | 2 years ago
The Chocolate Covered Edition
Our guest Valerie Beck proves that a legal career can be just like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get. Valerie graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced in “Big Law” before leaving her legal practice to become a chocolate expert and entrepreneur. In this unique edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha Rich join Valerie on a tasting tour through the world of craft, artisan chocolate. They also chat about Valerie’s unique career path, how consumers can influence and encourage major chocolate brands to become more ethical and sustainable, and Valerie’s Chocolate Freedom Project, which is committed to ending child slave labor in the chocolate industry. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
The Best Speech in Life is Free Edition: An Interview with Professor Geoffrey Stone
In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by distinguished constitutional law scholar and University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone for a discussion about current challenges surrounding the First Amendment and free speech. They talk about what constitutes a public forum on social media, whether private social media companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google have the right to censor speech, President Trump’s Twitter feed, speech on college campuses, campaign financing and more. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
47 minutes | 2 years ago
The Chief Justices Edition
In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha Rich are joined by Dan Cotter, lawyer, historian, and author of “The Chief Justices: The Seventeen Men of the Center Seat, Their Courts and Their Times,” to discuss the history of the handful of jurists who have lead the Supreme Court. They discuss key decisions made by the chief justices, their challenges, and the cultural contexts surrounding their decisions, as well as which of the Chief Justices have had the most influential legacies. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
The Mastering the Game Edition: Career Tips from Diversity Expert Sharon Jones
In this edition, lawyer, diversity expert and author, Sharon Jones, provides an update on the current state of gender diversity in the legal profession and chats with co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Chastidy Burns about strategies to master the unwritten rules for getting ahead in a profession that remains, in many ways, dominated by the “old boys’ club” culture. She discusses how law firm compensation models play a role in the gender pay gap, highlights the importance of finding the right mentors and sponsors, and imparts some nuggets of wisdom from none other than the Queen B herself: Beyoncé. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
49 minutes | 2 years ago
The Tech Evangelist Preaches Edition: A Conversation with Legal Tech Journalist Niki Black
In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Nykoel Kahn chat with Nicole “Niki” Black about the legal profession’s reluctance to embrace technology and why lawyers must become more tech proficient or risk being outpaced in our rapidly evolving economy. They also discuss where the legal profession is headed, and debate whether attending law school is worth the cost. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
The Killer Clown Edition: The Prosecution of John Wayne Gacy
American serial killer and rapist, John Wayne Gacy, Jr., became notorious for the mass murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the late 1970s. December 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the mass grave beneath his home, which shocked the American public and shattered the image of the safe suburban community. This episode provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the crimes and prosecution of the man dubbed the “The Killer Clown” by William “Bill” Kunkle, the lead prosecutor who took him on and sent him to his eventual execution. Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
Benching Judicial Independence: The Poland Edition
In 2017, the Polish government passed an act to remove more than a third of the country’s supreme court judges and replace them with judges sympathetic to the governing party. Despite outcry from much of the public, Poland’s legal community, and the international community, the government moved forward with this and other efforts to undermine the judiciary’s independence. In this episode, hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne are joined by Mikołaj Pietrzak, Dean of the Warsaw Bar Association, for a discussion about the political and social conditions that led to this assault on Poland’s judiciary, the impact it’s had on the Polish people and legal system, what this tells us about similar efforts in other countries, and what can be done to defend the rule of law.
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