Should we decriminalize illegal crossings over our southern border?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Bill Hing, a professor of law and migration studies at the University of San Francisco and the founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), to discuss immigration and decriminalization of the border.

 

In today’s episode, Aaron and Bill attempt to make sense of what is happening at our border, discuss the responses of past administrations to deportation and pressures at the southern border, and try to get to the true statistics surrounding immigration and what those numbers might really mean. Having recently visited and inspected migrant detention centers where children have been separated from their families, Bill relives his own heart-wrenching account of the conditions there. Bill and Aaron discuss DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” and rhetoric, the Flores decision, and more. How accurate are the numbers we’re hearing?

 

What are the federal criminal laws currently on the books?  How have these laws led to the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their families?  What would be the impact of Texas Rep. Julian Castro’s proposal to decriminalize “improper entry” across the border?

 

The Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic and the Dean’s Circle Scholar at USF, Bill continues to pursue social justice through community work, litigation, and scholarship. Bill is the founder of the ILRC, a group that works with and helps educate immigrants, community organizations and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

 

An interesting and critical conversation, Aaron and Bill address the human rights concerns as well as the constitutional concerns regarding the border, detainment and family separations. This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Listen now and let us know what you think!

 

To learn more about Professor Hing, please visit the USF website here.

To learn more about the Immigrant Legal Resource Center please visit their website here.

To read the Flores settlement agreement, please click here.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Bill Hing

 

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Should mega-internet and social media companies like Facebook and Amazon be broken apart because they are just too big?  Is it time to invoke the antitrust laws once again?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Dr. Aaron Kershenbaum, a former professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at Brooklyn Polytechnic and an expert in digital communications, to discuss the AT&T antitrust lawsuit, and subsequent breakup, 35 years later as well as what may happen to today’s major communications and internet companies.

 

Having been one of the government’s key witnesses in the case against the tech giant, Dr. Kershenbaum explains his role in the influential AT&T lawsuit and his own experience in the world of communications. Aaron and Dr. Kershenbaum tackle some of today’s questions surrounding privacy, influence, regulation, and more in regards to some of the industry’s biggest names like Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram. How should we understand the breakup of AT&T 35 years after the fact? How did it impact today’s technology? And, what are the similarities between AT&T as a monopoly and companies like Amazon and Twitter today? Listen in as Aaron and Dr. Kershenbaum answer these questions and more.  

 

Majoring in communications and graduating with a PhD in electrical engineering, Dr. Kershenbaum has spent a career in the digital communications field. Before his time in academia, Dr. Kershenbaum worked for Network Analysis Corporation and helped build the precursor to today’s internet, the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), for the Department of Defense. He also spent time consulting for technology and communication companies like AT&T and IBM.

 

A fascinating conversation about history, innovation, and antitrust laws, today’s episode touches on many important topics and ideas that have not only shaped our world today but will continue to shape tomorrow.

 

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Aaron Kershenbaum

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Robert Field, a professor of health management and policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health as well as a law professor at Drexel University, to discuss drug pricing and drug pricing transparency.  

 

Approximately 20 to 30 million people don’t have health insurance. Robert and Aaron sit down to talk about the complex system of bargaining that happens in our health care system, the staggering prices that drug companies charge for certain treatments, and the middle men who haggle co-pays to a “reasonable” amount compared to the original sticker-shock prices. Dr. Field explains how these companies control monopolies over assorted life-saving drugs because they’re under patents. Are there limits to how much drug companies can charge? What is the reach of authority over drug pricing?

 

Aaron and Robert delve into the world of health care and tackle a variety of topics. They consider the importance of “meaningful transparency,” as well as Trump’s recent failed initiative to shame drug manufacturers by mandating list prices be put on all TV drug ads. Listen in as Robert and Aaron talk about hospital stays, the evolution of our health care system, and much more. What are some ideas on how to address the problem of high drug prices? Is our current system efficient? How does our health care system compare to others around the world? Let us know what you think and listen now!

 

To learn more about Dr. Robert Field, check out his website here.

 

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Guest: Robert Field

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Emily Largent, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn as well as a law professor at Penn Law, to discuss the issue of aid in dying – also known as, physician-assisted suicide.

 

New Jersey and Maine are set to become the 8th and 9th states with laws allowing physician-assisted suicide, subject to rigid rules and regulations.  With this development, 70 million Americans will live in states where access to life-ending medication is available where a person has a confirmed terminal illness.  Aaron and Dr. Largent discuss the legal and ethical issues raised by these laws.  Dr. Largent explains that a patient might want to choose physician-assisted suicide in order to have the ability to make their own end-of-life decisions.  Is it ethical to allow aided suicide to allow dignity in end-of-life care or is this a troubling development because doctors and others may participate in ending life rather than in making every effort to care for the sick and dying?

 

Emily and Aaron discuss many end-of-life care options, including doctor-assisted suicide, as well as other advanced directives like DNRs (Do Not Resuscitate orders), wills, and POAs (Power of Attorney orders.) Throughout the episode, Aaron and Emily consider the law and policy surrounding these choices, including the strict requirements associated with aid in dying options.  Listen in as Aaron and Emily discuss these difficult decisions and as they explore the laws that make them available.   

 

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Guest: Emily Largent    

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Tracy Pearl, a law professor at Texas Tech University and a nationally recognized scholar on emerging technology and the law, to discuss the notion of driverless cars.

 

Delving into Professor Pearl’s recent article on the topic, “Hands off the Wheel: The Role of Law in the Coming Extinction of Human-Driven Vehicles,” Aaron and Tracy discuss the issue of self-driving cars and what that really means. What do we mean when we say “driverless”? Are we giving up too much control? Tracy explains the different levels of autonomy a driverless car can be, ranging from 1-5, and gives her professional opinion about when and how we might see these vehicles on the road. 

 

Throughout the episode, Tracy and Aaron explore some of the benefits of autonomous cars, like how they will arguably save time, money and lives, as well as some of the potential negatives and large questions that still remain. How do we begin to think about liability? How will the courts adapt? Listen in as Aaron and Tracy answer these questions and more. Let us know what you think about self-driving cars, do you like the idea? How far off do you think they are?

 

To learn more about Tracy, visit her website here.

To read Tracy’s article, please click here.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Tracy Pearl   

 

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