Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Joe Rogoway, the managing attorney at the Rogoway Law Group in California to talk about a fascinating pro-bono case he recently took on involving a young girl who was denied access to her CBD oil at school.

 

In today’s episode, Aaron and Joe talk about Brooke Adams, a five-year-old girl living in California who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a severe and rare form of epilepsy that comes with life-threatening seizures that are unpredictable, frequent and can cause serious damage if not treated quickly. One method that’s proved effective at managing her seizures is CBD and THC oil, two components of marijuana which has been legalized for both medical and recreational use in the state.

 

Instead of allowing Brooke to bring her medication to school, the Rincon Valley Union School District offered to provide her with an hour of home schooling per day. Not satisfied with that clearly inadequate response, Brooke’s parents took action and brought Joe in to help them fight for their daughter.  Joe devotes his entire practice to issues involving cannabis.

 

The case came to a positive resolution when the courts determined that Brooke could bring her medication, the only treatment that has proved effective to control her seizures, to school and clarified their compassionate use laws when schools are involved.

 

To learn more about Joe and his practice visit his website at http://www.rogowaylaw.com/.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Joe Rogoway

 

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As more and more states move to legalize marijuana, Is federal law making pot illegal just so much smoke?

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Robert Mikos to discuss marijuana law and policy. A Professor of law at Vanderbilt, Robert is a leading expert on federalism and drug law, specializing in marijuana law, and is the author of the first ever casebook on the subject, entitled Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority.

In today’s episode, Aaron and Robert discuss a variety of topics relating to marijuana law, medical marijuana and the discrepancies that exist between State and Federal law on the subject. Considering there is still a federal ban on marijuana there are barriers that are imposed by the federal government that can make the issue of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use, difficult. Robert details the challenges that states (and D.C.) face as well as the legal maneuvers and loopholes that some states have resorted to and how successful they have been. Aaron and Robert also talk about the current administration, the D.O.J., the factors driving the increased acceptance of marijuana and marijuana polices, and the potential next states that may legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Robert first began teaching at the University of California Davis. Beginning his career as a federalism scholar, Robert was at UC Davis when Gonzalez v. Raich came before the Supreme Court. Robert explains that this is where his interest in the subject began as a portion of the Gonzalez case that was being considered was potentially going to be applied to the notion of medical marijuana. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Robert has also taught at Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. He teaches courses in Federal Criminal Law, Drug Law and Policy, Marijuana Law and Policy, Constitutional Law, and Federalism.

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Robert Mikos

 

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New York City’s homeless youth population could fill Yankee stadium. . . twice.

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Maria Foscarinis to discuss homelessness and poverty and the growing problem of homeless LGBTQ+ youth in our country.  Maria is devoting her career to using the power of the law to change this.

 

Maria started her career at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, a large corporate law firm in NYC where she had the opportunity to do pro bono work representing homeless families. After working with these families and seeing first hand the impact she was having on them, she decided to leave the law firm and establish the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

 

Maria shares her personal journey as well as some of the groundbreaking work her organization has handled to improve the lives of homeless individuals and to attack the root causes of homelessness.  An important part of her work, Maria tells us, has been to litgate against communities that criminalize homelessness.

 

Maria and Aaron also discuss a report published by the National Law Center in collaboration with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, called the State Index on Youth Homelessness. This report provides a state-by-state analysis of programs and services and grades each state on their approach to homelessness, with a particular emphasis on how each state is responding to the growing crisis of LGBTQ youth and homelessness.

 

Join Aaron and Maria Foscarinis for today’s discussion on homelessness and poverty in America. To learn more about the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, visit their website https://www.nlchp.org/

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Maria Foscarinis

 

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What are the moral and ethical challenges with the death penalty today?  Not even so much whether to have a death penalty – which is a crucially important question, of course – but what are the moral dimensions of using lethal injection to carry out executions?  And what moral implications are there because medicine used to heal, here is used to kill?  And what about the requirement that health care professionals must engage in the act of taking a life?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Dr. Joel Zivot to discuss the case of Russel Bucklew a death row inmate in Missouri who claims lethal injection would violate his 8th Amendment rights.

 

Russel Bucklew suffers from an illness called cavernous hemangioma, a disease that causes weak and damaged blood vessels. Bucklew contends that pentobarbital, the drug Missouri uses when executing inmates by lethal injection, would not circulate through his blood properly. As a result, Bucklew and some doctors believe he would hemorrhage, choke on his own blood, and suffocate.

 

Dr. Zivot testified on Mr. Bucklew’s behalf saying, “If we are going to have capital punishment, it has to be done correctly.” In today’s episode, Dr. Zivot walks Aaron through the intricacies of the case and Mr. Bucklew’s illness. Dr. Zivot states during the episode, Mr. Bucklew isn’t challenging his sentence, he just wants his sentence issued in a way that doesn’t cause him torture. Instead of lethal injection, Mr. Bucklew has requested the state use lethal gas, a method that is approved in Missouri.

 

Join Aaron and Dr. Joel Zivot for today’s discussion on the 8th Amendment and a death-row prisoner’s right to health care.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Dr. Joel Zivot

 

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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 former Chief Judge, Gerald Rosen, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, to discuss the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy as well as the city’s miraculous recovery.

 

In today’s episode, Aaron and Judge Rosen talk about Detroit filing for bankruptcy in 2013, the reasons that led to such extreme measures, and the broader context for how Detroit’s story can be viewed. And what a fantastic and powerful story it is. Judge Rosen, a Detroit native, shares his personal experiences as lead mediator throughout the process and details how a group of devoted citizens tried, and did, save their city from disaster. From doodles to haircuts to famous art museums, the story of Detroit’s return to glory is one full of drama, teamwork, and dedication. Aaron and Judge Rosen analyze the bankruptcy from many different angles, reliving Detroit’s history in the process. This is an episode filled with passion, story, and much, much more.

 

Growing up in the Detroit area, Judge Rosen has lived in Detroit for much of his life. After getting his law degree and practicing law briefly in D.C., Judge Rosen returned to his hometown, practicing law for eleven years at a large Detroit law firm. In 1990, Judge Rosen was nominated to the federal court by President George H. W. Bush. After 27 years on the bench, Judge Rosen is now retired and works with JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Judge Gerald Rosen

 

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