Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Attorney Joseph Sullivan who is Special Counsel at Pepper Hamilton who focuses his practice on Pro-Bono legal work.

 

Joseph and Aaron talk a lot today about the importance of Pro-Bono legal work and its role in the legal community. He compares lawyers’ roles to that of doctors who treat people in an emergency without asking about compensation. Lawyers are here to help people navigate the legal field and it’s an obligation to help the people who may not be able to afford the legal service but still needs the help.

 

Joe talks about how he got into law, his career, and why he ultimately chose to focus on Pro-Bono legal work. He also shares some stories from his career about how Pro-Bono work has made a huge impact on people’s lives, it’s helped people who would have otherwise not been able to afford legal help.

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Joe Sullivan for a great discussion about Pro-Bono legal work and why it’s so important for the legal community.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Joseph Sullivan

 

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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 the Chancellor of the Bar in Philadelphia, Deborah Gross.

 

On this episode Deborah tells Aaron about The Philadelphia Bar Association, her initiatives as Chancellor of the Bar, and talks about lobbying in Pennsylvania and Washington. She starts off by explaining what the Philadelphia Bar Association is and what it’s importance is. She explains the Bar’s responsibilities in the legal world from investigating judge candidates, to providing continuing legal education, donating money and helping non-profit legal services, and providing support for lawyers.

 

She goes on to tell us about a project the Bar has been working on that will house over 20 legal non-profit companies to help them get affordable office-space, so they can better help their clients. This is one of her biggest missions as Chancellor; making sure this project continues moving forward and these non-profits get the help they need.

 

Finally, Deborah talks about her lobbying efforts in Harrisburg and how she has been working to reform hate crime laws in Pennsylvania. She explains PA’s hate crime statute is one of only 5 in the country that does not extend protection to cover individuals with disabilities, sexual identity, or gender identity. Her lobbying efforts have been spent trying to get an amendment to the hate crime statute out of committee and onto the floor so it can be voted on.

 

Join Aaron Freiwald and Deborah Gross for a great discussion about the Philadelphia Bar Association. And, to learn more about Deborah and the Philadelphia Bar Association visit www.philabar.org 

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Deborah Gross

 

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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 veteran Trial Attorney Susan Wild. Susan is currently running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district and is here to talk about sexual assault.

 

In what turned out to be one our most impactful episodes yet, Susan Wild talks about her career as a lawyer, gerrymandering, her congressional campaign, and the recent culture shift that is inspiring women to come out and tell their stories of sexual assault; to come out and face their accusers.

 

Aaron and Susan talk about the movement and the fact that some people are going to get exposed. And, in an amazing display of courage and solidarity, Susan tells us her own story of sexual assault in the workplace.

 

She tells us, as a young attorney at a big law firm she was working with a Sr. Partner at the firm. Over the course of a few months he came on to her. He asked her to stay late, drive him home after he drank too much at the office, made her come on long trips out of town and would make advances towards her. After telling another Partner at the firm what was happening and how it made her feel, he said he would look into it.

 

Months went by with no changes, the Sr. Partner continued his advances, continued to grope her, and continued drinking to excess. Finally, sometime later, the Sr. Partner was fired, not for his actions towards the women in the office, but because of his drinking.

 

It was an incredibly moving episode that provides a first-hand account of what the women who have come forward are really going through. Join us for this conversation and to learn more about Susan and her campaign you can visit her website https://wildforcongress.com/home/.

 

Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Susan Wild

 

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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 Dr. Gregory Parks to discuss hazing on college campuses.

 

Dr. Parks is a professor of law at Wake Forest University; has written and contributed to numerous books relating to hazing in Greek Life on college campuses; and has researched hazing in traditionally African American Fraternities. In today’s discussion Dr. Parks and Aaron talk about all of the recent hazing cases that have happened and what we can do to prevent more from happening.

 

Dr. Parks tells Aaron, in his research he has found that traditionally white fraternities tend to haze using alcohol while traditionally African American fraternities tend to haze using violence. He goes on to explain, even though many states have laws against this behavior, the schools need to do a better job emphasizing them. “Laws are only effective when people know they exist.” Dr. Parks tells us.

 

In addition to being a professor of law at Wake Forest University, Dr. Parks is on the board of an organization called Hazingprevention.org which aims to put an end to hazing and hazing culture in college fraternities and sororities. You can learn more about HazingPrevention.org and their mission by visiting their website.

 

To learn more about Dr. Parks you can visit his website http://gregoryparks.net/.

 

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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Dr. Gregory Parks

 

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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 Attorney Henry Sias to talk about LGBTQ rights.

 

Henry is a transgender person and attorney in Philadelphia who recently ran for a seat on the bench in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Though he did not win a seat on the bench he was encouraged by the response he received by the people he spoke to during his campaign. He told us how the people of Philadelphia were so open and accepting of him and were willing to look past the fact that he is trans and listen to his position about real issues.

 

Aaron and Henry talk in depth about the LGBTQ rights movement and how it has moved so fast compared to other similar movements in our country’s history. Henry explained the first thing that drove the LGBTQ rights movement was the Civil Rights’ movement in the 1960s and the second was the AIDS epidemic. When AIDS became more widely known, the LGBTQ community was villainized. As the general public started to see the way the LGBTQ community was treated, people came out in support of those in the LGBTQ community. Everyone realized they were just people like the rest of us and should be treated that way.

 

Aaron and Henry also discuss Henry’s non-profit organization, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, PLSE, which offers expungement services to low income Philadelphians. Henry is a big advocate for criminal rights and is working extremely hard to make an impact in that field.

 

Join us today as Aaron Freiwald and Henry Sias talk about everything from LGBTQ and Transgender people’s rights to criminal and civil rights reform.

 

Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Henry Sias

 

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