Do the giant agricultural companies and cattle ranchers have the right to be protected against those who shed light on their business practices and their impact on the environment?  Or does the First Amendment have something to say about that?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by David Muraskin from the non-profit organization, Public Justice, to talk about Ag-Gag laws.

 

Aaron and David discuss the ins and outs of Ag-Gag laws as well as David’s ground-breaking case in Wyoming. Like other gag laws, Ag-Gag laws are specifically designed to protect the agriculture industry by making it difficult for people to speak out against industrial practices and conditions that impact animal welfare and the environment. David explains some of the history behind these laws in addition to some of the major cases. In Public Justice’s Wyoming case, David was successful in invoking the First Amendment as a way of challenging these highly restrictive and protectionist state laws.

 

Join Aaron and David for this important conversation on the agriculture industry and Ag-Gag laws. To learn more about David you can read his bio at https://www.publicjustice.net/team/david-muraskin/.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: David Muraskin

 

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Is President Trump trying to delegitimize the Federal Judiciary?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Steve Vladek, of the University of Texas, to discuss the Thanksgiving Week war of words between Chief Justice Roberts and President Donald Trump.

 

On today’s episode, Aaron and Steve talk about the comments made by both Chief Justice Roberts and Donald Trump regarding the case that was recently decided in a federal court in California that struck down the President’s Executive Order limiting those seeking asylum at the Mexican border.  The federal trial court  -- not the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as the President inaccurately claimed – ruled that the President’s action was inconsistent with the clear language of the immigration law, 8 U.S.C. 1158. (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1158)

 

In a series of tweets, the President railed against the Ninth Circuit, claiming the decision was the product of an “Obama judge.”  In an extraordinary and public rebuke, Chief Justice Roberts denounced Trump’s notion of “Obama Judges,” saying that an “independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

 

Steve and Aaron discuss the back-and-forth as well as the executive order and ruling itself and the implications for the reputation of and public confidence in the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court.  After listening to today’s episode and hearing their thoughts, as well as reading the code, what do you think? Would other courts agree with the ninth circuit’s interpretation?

 

To learn more about Steve, head over to his bio at https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/stephen-i-vladeck/.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Steve Vladek

 

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Can you separate the Presidents words from his actions?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Sahar Aziz of Rutgers University, to discuss President Trump’s travel bans and his rhetoric towards immigrants.

 

On today’s episode Professor Aziz and Aaron talk about the various iterations of President Trump’s travel bans and how his rhetoric throughout his campaign trail and his presidency to date shapes the true intention of the ban. One of the biggest questions raised during the podcast was, can you separate his words from his actions? This is a question the Supreme Court had to consider in the lawsuit brought forth by Hawaii, The President of the United States v. Hawaii, challenging the latest version of the travel ban. Then, read the Supreme Court’s decision here.

 

To learn more about Sahar, head over to her bio at https://law.rutgers.edu/directory/view/8277.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Sahar Aziz

 

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What to do about voter suppression?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Joshua Douglas of the University of Kentucky College of Law to discuss voting laws in our country.

 

With the Florida Senate and Governor’s races in the midst of recounts and court battles, many are again hurling charges of voter suppression and voter fraud.  What can we do to make sure as many people as possible have free and unhindered access to one of the most fundamental rights we have, the right to vote?

 

Aaron and Josh discuss some of the main ways states erect obstacles to vote.  Josh, the author of a new book on voting, Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, also shares stories of individuals who are making a difference to open the doors to voting rights and some of the communities that are innovating in the area of voting and elections.  Aaron and Josh discuss the effectiveness of some of the measures states use to help ease the burden of voting such as early voting and mail in voting.

 

To learn more about Josh and his book, you can visit his website, https://joshuadouglas.com.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Joshua Douglas

 

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50 years later, how fair is housing?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Vicki Been, the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU, to discuss the Fair Housing Act on this historic civil rights legislation’s 50th birthday.  The FHA was signed by President Lyndon Johnson in the days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Vicki, also the Faculty Director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, reviews the history of the Fair Housing act and how it was designed to address systemic discrimination in housing.  Discrimination in housing has had a tremendous impact on access to schools and job opportunities, which, in turn, significantly impacts income and social mobility. 

 

A leading expert on the fairness of environmental and land use policies, Vicki explains that, while there are still battles to be fought against over discrimination, states and cities face enormous challenges in tacking entrenched segregation.  Fifty years later, Vicki explains, we have not made nearly enough progress toward greater racial and socio-economic integration. 

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Vicki Been

 

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