Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Hunter Shkolnik, Co-Liaison Counsel for the Flint Michigan Water Crisis Lawsuit. In today’s episode, Hunter explains what caused this crisis and how it has affected the citizens of Flint.

 

The Flint water crisis started in 2014 when the city of Flint decided to change the source of its water from the Detroit River to the Flint River. In a city that had declared a financial state of emergency 3 years early, the move was designed to save money.  The Flint water would have been fine had the officials in charge of the transition taken the proper precautions and conducted the proper tests.

 

Because Flint’s water service lines were over 100 years old, they were made of lead pipes. During the episode Hunter explains lead pipes alone don’t cause any harm because they are treated with a protective coating that keeps the lead from leaching into the water. As long as that coating is on the pipes, the water is safe.

 

Hunter goes on to explain that the water from the Flint River had a different chemical make-up than the water from the Detroit River which had flowed through those pipes for the past 100 years, a chemical make-up that proved to be corrosive to the protective coating on the lead pipes. Had the officials done the proper testing during the transition they would have caught this and been able to treat the water to prevent this from happening. Unfortunately, the testing never occurred, and the protective coating was stripped from the pipes.

 

Listen in as Aaron and Hunter discuss the Flint water crisis and the litigation surrounding the crisis on today’s fascinating episode.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Hunter Shkolnik

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined on this very special episode by Shira Goodman and Joshua Prince to talk about the gun debate that is raging in our country right now.

 

Shira Goodman has served as the Executive Director of Cease Fire PA, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in PA and, is currently running for congress in the 4th congressional district of PA.

 

Joshua Prince is a partner at Prince Law Offices and focuses his practice on 2nd Amendment and gun rights cases.

 

With all of the news coverage about the recent mass shooting in Parkland Florida, there is a lot of information being thrown around: proposed solutions like arming teachers and banning guns; opinions from students, teachers, news anchors, and politicians; definitions of “Assault Rifles” and “Semi-Automatic Weapons”; and various bills being proposed to try and prevent these tragedies from happening in the future.

 

One thing we felt was missing was a true understanding of the problem and a proper discussion from people on both sides of the fence about realistic solutions that can be taken. That’s what we set out to accomplish with today’s episode. By bringing in experts on both sides of the issue we try to define the key terms and come to an agreement on what they mean. Then, we look at some of the proposed solutions and discuss why they may or may not work.

 

Though we didn’t come to an agreement on a solution, we did find a lot of common ground in the definitions and some of the things that we can’t or don’t need to change. Hopefully, you as the listener can take some of the information presented in today’s debate and use it to help form your own opinions.

 

Thank you for listening and as always, give us your feedback!

 

Contact Shira Goodman:

VoteShiraGoodman.com

 

Contact Joshua Prince:

Firearmsindustryconsultinggroup.com

Joshua@princelaw.com

888.202.9297

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Shira Goodman, Joshua Prince

 

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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 Jill Abramson, the former Executive Editor at the New York Times, to talk about her recent article in New York Magazine calling for the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas.

 

Before Jill became the first female editor in New York Times history, she wrote a book called “Strange Justice” where she examined Clarence Thomas’s testimony at his confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice 25 years ago. In the book Jill and her co-author Jane Mayer say Justice Thomas perjured himself with his testimony regarding Anita Hill.

 

Jill’s latest 4,000-word cover story in New York Magazine thrusts this discussion back into the spotlight re-igniting the debate on impeaching Justice Thomas. When Jill wrote her book “Strange Justice” in 1994, the #MeToo movement hadn’t been born yet. Now with so many women coming forward to name their abusers and to bring attention to the problem of sexual harassment this might be the perfect time to re-raise the topic and explore the subject.

 

Listen in as Aaron and Jill discuss Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings and time serving on the Supreme Court.

 

Note* The audio improves in the middle of the episode.

 

 To purchase a copy of Jill’s book, click the link below:

Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas

 

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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 Rod Smolla, Dean of the Widener University Law School in Delaware, to discuss the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that was recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the case you can learn more about it here. But, as a brief background, the Masterpiece Cakeshop is a bakery in Colorado that custom makes wedding cakes. A gay couple went to the shop to order a custom cake for their wedding. When they explained what they wanted, the owner of the store refused to make the custom wedding cake; he would however sell them one of their pre-made cakes. Same-sex marriage was not recognized in Colorado at this time and the owner of the bakery, Jack Phillips, said he didn’t support same sex marriages due to his religion.

 

Jack C. Phillips, views his cakes as works of art and believes by making a custom cake for a gay couple’s wedding, it would be seen as him endorsing their marriage. Because of that, he didn’t feel comfortable making the custom wedding cake for the couple.

 

The case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court and was argued on December 5th, 2017. It’s a very tough case to predict because it pits a few fundamental values against each other. On one hand, we have the first amendment which protects our religious freedoms and the freedom to say (and not say) what we want. On the other hand, we value everyone in our country as equal, regardless of their sexual preference, skin color, gender, or anything else. Because of that, businesses can’t discriminate who they sell to or do work for.

 

Dean Smolla does a fantastic job breaking down the facts of the case and explaining the challenges the Supreme Court is facing with this case.

Read the briefs here:

BRIEF IN OPPOSITION

BRIEF FOR RESPONDENT COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

BRIEF FOR PETITIONERS

 

To hear more about Barnett Case discussed in the episode, listen here:

https://thelawmatters.podbean.com/e/good-law-bad-law-44-taking-a-knee-first-amendment-rights-in-school-w-josh-kershenbaum-grace-osa-edoh/

 

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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 Tracey Diamond, who is Of Counsel at the law firm Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia.

 

Tracey practices employment discrimination law at Pepper Hamilton and also provides human resources counseling to businesses. She also regularly counsels clients on workplace issues like sexual harassment. Because of her experience we thought she would be the perfect person to bring on to discuss the #MeToo movement.

 

Because sexual harassment is the core problem the #MeToo movement is addressing, Aaron and Tracey start the episode by defining what sexual harassment is. Tracey explains that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that is addressed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Title VII divides sexual harassment into two categories, Quid Pro Quo which is when an employee is forced to do something or face a consequence: “do this or you’re fired” or “do this and you get a promotion.” Second, is a hostile work environment which means events have transpired and the employee doesn’t feel comfortable in the work environment anymore.

 

Tracey explains throughout the episode what steps employers can take to reduce the risk of these issues occurring and what steps employees can take if they face sexual harassment in the workplace.

 

To learn more about the #MeToo movement visit their website: https://metoomvmt.org/

To learn more about the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund visit their website: https://www.timesupnow.com/

To contact Tracey directly you can email her at: diamondt@pepperlaw.com

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Tracey Diamond to learn more about the law behind the #MeToo movement and what we can do to put an end to this problem.

 

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