Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Currey Cook an attorney and advocate for Lambda Legal to discuss discrimination in the foster care system.

 

Currey Cook is the Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project and Counsel in the National Headquarters Office of Lambda Legal which is the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV.

 

On today’s show, Currey and Aaron talk about the new law passed in Oklahoma as well as laws passed in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Virginia that protect faith-based adoption agencies’ right to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs. Currey explains these organizations, like any other organization or business, can’t discriminate based on things like sex or gender because those are protected classes. But these organizations are discriminating based on sexual orientation and identity and other factors that fall into a grey area. Currey explains that these organizations receive state and federal funding which is the reason these laws protecting them and their practice of discrimination cause such concern.

 

The faith-based organizations say they will not place children with same sex couples because of their religious or moral convictions and forcing them to do so would violate those rights. Furthermore, there’s no consensus on how to handle these situations. The eight states mentioned above have passed laws protecting the organizations while others like Illinois and Washington DC have vetoed such measures.

 

To read the latest Bill that was signed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Bill number 1140 click here.

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Currey Cook as they examine faith-based adoption agencies and the laws passed by 8 states that protect their right to discriminate.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Currey Cook

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Melissa Gomez, President of MMG Jury Consulting LLC., to talk about how Juries have changed over the past few years.

 

Melissa Gomez is a jury consultant with a PHD in psychology and a Master of Science in education from the University of Pennsylvania. In her career as a jury consultant she has worked on over 600 jury trials across the United States and has written two books; Jury Trials Outside-in: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision, and The Witness preparation Partner: A Guide to Becoming the Ready Messenger.

 

We brought Melissa in today to talk about the second Bill Cosby trial which resulted in a conviction, to see if she thinks the changes in the political climate and the #MeToo movement had any impact on the jury’s decision. She explains that since 2017 she has seen a sharp increase in distrust among juries towards those who come from a position of power. And, this distrust isn’t just with people like Bill Cosby, it extends to corporations, celebrities, and politicians. She has also noted that jurors are less willing to compromise resulting in more hung juries. Another interesting find Melissa has noted is juries have an increased desire to send a message to those coming from a position of power.

 

Finally, Aaron asks Melissa to give some insight on what all of this means for jury trials as a whole in our country moving forward; if she believes jurors will go back to the way things used to be or if they will continue to polarize and send messages to those in power.

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Melissa Gomez as they discuss the differences between the two Cosby trials and the state of jury trials in America today.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Melissa Gomez

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Stephen Vladeck, co-host of the popular podcast “The National Security Law Podcast”, as well as a law professor at the University of Texas, School of Law. Stephen is also a consultant for CNN both on air and behind the scenes, as an analyst covering the Supreme Court.

 

Specializing in national security law, Stephen focuses his research on the intersection of the federal courts and national security law, access to justice, human rights law and more. In today’s episode, Aaron and Stephen discuss the Supreme Court case, Jesner Et Al. v. Arab Bank, PLC.

 

A matter with potentially wide-ranging implications, this case surrounds a series of five lawsuits that were filed against the Arab Bank in Federal District Court in Brooklyn between the years 2004 and 2010. The basic allegation uniting these five lawsuits and more than 6,000 plaintiffs is their claim as victims of terrorist attacks that happened overseas that they allege the Arab Bank was liable for. They claim that the Arab Bank was directly and indirectly responsible for financing and helping to facilitate a series of terrorist attacks in the Middle East over a ten year period that produced and resulted in the deaths and serious injuries of many of the plaintiffs and or their families.

 

Throughout the conversation, Aaron and Stephen discuss the ins and outs of the case, as well as the theoretical ramifications that could happen as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision.  Technically a private entity, the Arab Bank is a major financial institution with many branches and a wide global reach.

 

Join us today as Stephen Vladeck and Aaron Freiwald discuss this fascinating Supreme Court case and discuss the potential outcomes this case could have. Attached are the original complaint, as well as the opinion by Justice Kennedy, and the concurring opinions by Justices Alito and Gorsuch. The dissenting opinion by Justice Sotomayor is also included. The holding of the court was that foreign corporations may not be defendants in suits brought under the Alien Tort Statute. The judgment was affirmed in a 5-4 decision on April 24th.

Complaint & Opinions: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-499_1a7d.pdf

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Stephen Vladeck

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Grover Joseph Rees, a retired US Ambassador, retired Chief Justice of American Samoa, and former General Counsel to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, to talk about the judicial selection process.  Mr. Rees was also the chief judge picker in the Department of Justice during the mid-part of Ronald Reagan’s Administration.

 

Often the media focuses on many of the policies and changes a president wants to make or promises to make while they are in office.  But many of those changes can be un-done by another president. One of the few things a president can do that can’t be reversed later is appointing judges to the various federal courts throughout the country.

 

On this episode, Aaron and Joseph talk about his experience and background having worked under President Reagan as well as his experience working as a law professor at the University of Texas. They also reminisce about an interview Aaron did while working at the Legal Times where he traveled to American Samoa when Joseph was the Chief Justice of that Pacific island nation.

 

Joseph  also weighs in on the performance of his friend and former colleague, John Bolton, who was recently appointed as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. He says that though it’s too early to tell yet, he believes John has a large role in the North Korea negotiations and thinks they’ve had a good strategy for those talks so far.

 

With Joseph’s experience as a professor, serving as an ambassador, helping advise President Reagan on Judicial nominees, and his experience as an attorney, he is one of the most knowledgeable people to talk about how judicial nominees are chosen. Joseph explains the process starts by looking at the nearly 1700 judicial positions and seeing what seats need to be filled. Then for all of the circuit courts and district courts they will consult with the Senator of that state to find the best candidates.

 

Join us today as Grover Joseph Rees and Aaron Freiwald talk about the Judicial nomination and selection process.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Grover Joseph Rees

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by George Bochetto, a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and the former boxing commissioner in Pennsylvania, to talk about non-disclosure agreements.

 

Throughout his career, George has handled some major defamation cases. He came on the show today to help walk us through the NDA agreement Stormy Daniels signed in regards to her alleged affair with Donald Trump and explain whether or not he thinks it would be enforceable. 

 

To follow along in the episode and read the NDA for yourself click the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ocvnkwprbs7enje/Filed%20Complaint.pdf?dl=0

 

Some of the points George points out in the episode that could nullify this agreement are:

  • David Dennison aka Donald Trump didn’t sign the agreement
  • The penalties are overly one sided. Meaning, Peggy Peterson aka Stormy Daniels’s punishments may be too severe to enforce.
  • Contracts for illegal acts are not enforceable, if this contract relates to any illegal acts it cannot be enforced.
  • Finally, George explains how David Dennison aka Donald Trump being the President affects the enforceability of this agreement.

 

Join us today as George Bochetto and Aaron Freiwald masterfully break down NDA’s and confidentiality agreements on today’s episode and remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: George Bochetto

 

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