Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Michael Graetz, of Columbia Law School, to discuss economic instability, politics and policy, and Professor Graetz’s new co-authored book, “The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight it.”

 

Are we in a time of crisis? In today’s conversation, Aaron and Michael delve deep into the questions of American politics, globalization, the world economy, healthcare and more. In “The Wolf at the Door,” Michael and his co-author, Ian Shapiro, of Yale, explore the meaning and origins of economic insecurity and how it affects Americans’ pocket books and also their politics.  Michael explains that Americans are concerned about losing what they have, whether jobs, status, or safe communities. “They fear the wolf at the door.” Aaron and Michael touch on private industry, legislative politics, employment, the pandemic and its impact, the November election, Trump’s Administration and the American political system at large, infrastructure, protectionism, and the notion of universal adjustment assistance. “The Wolf at the Door” proposes realistic policy solutions and strategies to make individuals and communities more secure, throughout this episode Michaels expands on these ideas as he and Aaron talk about increasing jobs, improving wages, protecting families suffering from unemployment, and the importance of better health care opportunities.

 

A leading expert on national and international tax law, Professor Graetz joined the Columbia faculty in 2009, after 25 years at Yale Law School, where he is a professor of law emeritus and a professorial lecturer. He has written on a wide range of tax, international taxation, health policy, and social insurance issues. His recent scholarship has focused on U.S. legal history and problems around economic inequality. Professor Graetz has been invited to testify as an expert witness on a variety of tax matters before U.S. House Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. His honors include being elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and chosen a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. In 2013, Professor Graetz was awarded the National Tax Association’s Daniel M. Holland Medal for lifetime achievement in the study of the theory and practice of public finance.

 

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To learn more about Professor Graetz, and to view a complete list of his publications, please visit his Columbia bio page here.

 To check out Professor Graetz’s latest book, “The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight it,” please click here.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Michael Graetz

 

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Scott Dodson, of UC Hastings College of Law, to discuss Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as Scott’s book on the legal legend, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Today, Aaron and Scott talk about R.B.G’s past, her stunning career, her amazing achievements, and her incredible impact on modern law.

 

A legal icon, R.B.G has had a profound impact on the way we think about everything from gender equality to civil procedure. Scott’s book is a collection of essays that draws together thoughtful contributors from a wide range of fields to provide a rich and compelling account of Justice Ginsburg’s career. In more than four decades as a lawyer, professor, appellate judge, and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg has influenced the law and society in real and permanent ways. Aaron and Scott talk about how R.B.G has helped shape our world, discussing her past and exploring the historical contexts in which she pushed gender boundaries and broke barriers. Reliving Justice Ginsburg’s storied career, Scott and Aaron, touch on glass ceilings, equal protection, the Constitution and more.

 

An expert in civil procedure and federal courts, Scott has written more than eighty papers appearing in Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, and several peer-reviewed journals, among others. He is the author of six books, including the one at the center of today’s conversation. His writings have been cited in more than twenty court opinions, including by the Alabama, Nebraska, and Texas Supreme Courts, and the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; Professor Dodson also is a frequent news commentator, appearing on a variety of shows, and is quoted in various print media and blogs.

 

Prior to his appointment as the inaugural Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor Dodson held the James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation. Before joining UC Hastings, Scott held a permanent faculty appointment at William & Mary Law school from 2009-2012 and at the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006-2009. Professor Dodson teaches courses in Civil Procedure, Civil Litigation Concentration, Federal Courts, Comparative Civil Procedure, and Conflict of Laws.

 

To learn more about Professor Dodson and to access the list of his publications, please follow the link to his bio page at UC Hastings by clicking here.

 

To learn more about Professor Dodson’s book, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, please click here.

 

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Scott Dodson

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Philosophy Professor Carl Cranor, of the University of California, Riverside, to discuss toxic chemical exposure and the legal challenges in proving when a dangerous chemical or substance causes harm.

 

In today’s conversation, Aaron and Carl delve deep into the intersection between law and science. The author of numerous books and articles on today’s topic, Carl’s areas of interest include legal and moral philosophy, specifically issues concerning risks, science and the law, the regulation of carcinogens and developmental toxicants, and the use of scientific evidence in legal decisions. Carl and Aaron talk about a variety of things throughout this episode, ranging from tort litigation to the Trump administration. Aaron and Carl explore the differences between regulating pharmaceuticals and pesticides in comparison to toxins as well as what tools we as a society have to establish whether or not something is in fact safe or harmful. Statistical significance, the role of Judges, the EPA, philosophical values and ethics, toxicology and epidemiology, and the notion of “certain science” are all topics Aaron and Carl touch on. Are we in the middle of an assault on science?

 

A graduate of both UCLA (Ph.D.) and Yale Law School (M.S.L.), Dr. Cranor is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and a Faculty Member of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at UC Riverside. Professor Cranor has focused much of his career on the morality, legality, and justice of exposure to toxic molecules that could threaten the public’s health. He has written widely on philosophic issues concerning, risks, science and the law, the use of scientific evidence in legal decisions for regulating carcinogens and developmental toxicants, the idea of acceptable risks, protection of susceptible populations, and how society might approach the regulation of new technologies and toxicants to better protect the public’s health. At the undergraduate level he has taught courses on ethics, political philosophy, law and society, legal philosophy, environmental ethics, justice and utilitarianism, among others. At the graduate level seminars have included, philosophy of the tort law, legal philosophy, and the idea of acceptable risks. He has served on science advisory panels as well as on Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences Committees. Professor Cranor was the National Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy for 2014-2015.

 

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To learn more about Professor Cranor, and to see a full-list of his publications, please visit his bio page here.

To check out Tragic Failures: How and Why We Are Harmed by Toxic Chemicals, please click here.

To read Professor Cranor’s co-authored article, “The Use and Misuse of Bradford Hill in U.S. Tort Law,” please click here.

To read Professor Cranor’s article, “Milward v. Acuity Specialty Products: Advances in General Causation Testimony in Toxic Tort Litigation,” please click here.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Carl Cranor

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Attorney Glenn Ellis, also of Freiwald Law, to discuss opioids, opioid litigation, and the opioid industry.

 

In today’s conversation, Aaron and Glenn talk about a variety of things; Glenn explains his work with opioid litigation and breaks down what it is these cases consist of, as well as the legal theories and questions that are present. Throughout, Glenn and Aaron talk about the new developments in the opioid field, such as the recent trend of big pharmacy manufacturers, like Purdue, dissolving and the differences between where and how these cases are handled in Federal vs. State Courts. Aaron and Glenn touch on the issues of big pharma, addiction, overdose, the DEA and more.

 

A partner at Freiwald Law, Glenn received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Drexel University, his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and his L.L.M. from the James Beasley School of Law at Temple University. After law school, Glenn worked in the patent departments at Rohm and Haus and AstraZeneca. A big part of Glenn’s job still revolves around both chemistry and the sciences. Many of Glenn’s cases involve complex issues of medicine and science, such as his work in the opioid space, and he approaches them with the same attention to detail, patience, perseverance, and evidence-driven concern that he has always believed in.

 

 

Listen in to learn more. And if you or a loved one is struggling with opioid use or addiction, please call or email our office to see if you have a claim. Our office number is 215-875-8000 or you can send a confidential email to info@freiwaldlaw.com.

 

 

To learn more about Glenn, and the firm, please visit our website here.

 

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Glenn Ellis

 

 

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How do we think about law?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by fellow Penn Law alum, Rabbi Chaim Galfand, of Perelman Jewish Day School, to discuss the very notion of law itself and the many contexts in which we can think about the idea of law.

 

In today’s episode, Aaron and Chaim contemplate where it is we “get our compass points,” the idea of layers and dimension, the fact that law can be complicated and convoluted, the importance of making connections, and the concept of making a difference. Examining the parallels between American law and Jewish law, Chaim and Aaron delve deep into the idea of a lawyering life, drawing on their own personal and professional experiences.

 

Reflecting on his own journey, Chaim talks about how critical awareness is, as well as optimism and humility. In his article, “Virtual Faith,” in the Summer 2020 edition of the Penn Law Alumni Journal, Chaim writes more about these ideals and their role in navigating the current pandemic. Aaron and Chaim touch on this and more in today’s conversation - talking about commonality, interpretation, perspective, and division.

 

Why do we “practice” law? What are the misconceptions surrounding law? Is law central?

 

 

 

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To learn more about Rabbi Galfand, as well as the Perelman Jewish Day School, please visit their website here.

 

To read Rabbi Galfand’s article, “Virtual Faith,” in the Summer 2020 edition of Penn Law’s Alumni Journal, please click here and visit page 29.

 

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Rabbi Chaim Galfand

 

Good Law | Bad Law Episode: #206

 

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