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September 13, 2017

CASE IN POINT | Suicide Prevention Month- Good Law | Bad Law

Suicide Prevention Month

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s meant to raise awareness about the issue of suicide, especially in teens and young adults. On this episode of "Case In Point", Aaron Freiwald talks about teen suicide and what resources are available. Along with that, he also brings up the controversial topic of physician assisted suicide.

 

As of now there are 6 states in the United States that allow physician assisted death or “death with dignity”. Those states are: Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California, Oregon, and the District of Columbia.

 

Montana has expanded the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act to allow physician assisted suicide but there isn't the regulatory framework necessary to make it legal. Instead, doctors in Montana are protected from prosecution if they have the patient's request in writing. New Mexico has a similar system in place and New York has tried, unsuccessfully, to get physician assisted suicide approved.

 

Though an option, it is not one that is taken lightly; doctors have very strict guidelines they must follow if a patient chooses to move forward with physician assisted suicide or “Death with Dignity”. For more information on Death with Dignity you can visit:

 

http://healthcare.findlaw.com/patient-rights/death-with-dignity-laws-by-state.html

https://www.deathwithdignity.org/

 

If you know someone who is having suicidal thoughts or think someone you know and love may be please contact one of the resources below:

 

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Text 741-741

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September 8, 2017

Good Law | Bad Law #38 - Communicating With Body Language

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by veteran judge and body language expert Richard Klein.

On our show today, we are talking about body language both in the courts and out. Judge Klein tells us about his experiences from nearly 40 years on the bench watching jurors and attorneys and how they interact with each other. He explains the importance of non-verbal communications and how this translates into interactions outside the courtroom.

Judge Klein also serves as founding co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Plain English Committee and Pennsylvania House of Delegates. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Temple University Law School for 15 years and he is also an author who has written about body language in the book, “Trial Communication Skills, written with Body Language” with co-authors Julius Fast and Roberto Aron.

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

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Judge Richard Klein

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September 5, 2017

CASE IN POINT | Tim Piazza Case Development - Good Law | Bad Law

On Case In Point, Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law, talks about a topic in the news that has significant impact on our society. In this clip, Aaron discusses the recent ruling by the Centre Country PA court. The ruling dismissing all the most serious charges against the fraternity members, leaving only the misdemeanor charges.

 

Tim Pizza was a freshman at Penn State University in the process of pledging the fraternity Beta Theta Pi. On February 4th 2017, he tragically passed away after a night of hazing that resulted in Timothy drinking incredible amounts of liquor, falling down a set of stairs, and being left unattended for 12 hours with life threatening injuries. By the time medical professionals were called, it was too late.

 

After Tim passed away, 18 of his fraternity brothers were charged with various crimes, including manslaughter. This past week, a judge dismissed the manslaughter charges against 8 of the men charged, leaving the alcohol violations, hazing, and reckless endangerment charges against 12 of the brothers.  

 

Disclosure: Freiwald Law Represents Penn State Whistleblower James Vivenzio.

 

To see the full article about the most recent developments click here.

To see what else we had to say about the situation check out the following links:

http://www.freiwaldlaw.com/blog/penn-state-greek-life

http://www.freiwaldlaw.com/vlog/tim-piazza

 

Let us know what you think, should these students be held accountable for Timothy’s death?

 

Intro Music:

5 Cents Back by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

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September 2, 2017

Good Law | Bad Law #37 - When HIV Becomes A Crime

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by attorney and Executive Director of the PA AIDS Law Project Ronda Goldfein.

 

On our show today, we are focusing on HIV and AIDS and the criminalization of HIV and AIDS in our society today. Founded in 1988, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic.

 

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

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Ronda Goldfein

 

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August 25, 2017

Good Law | Bad Law #36 - Rock & Roll Attorney - Peter Meltzer

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by attorney and extremely accomplished author, Peter Meltzer. Peter has written 4 books to date including a thesaurus titled “The Thinkers Thesaurus” and three trivia style books.

On our show today, we are focusing on Peter’s latest book, “So You Think You Know Rock & Roll”. This book focuses on Rock & Roll music through the 11-year period, 1965-1975, arguably rock and roll’s most influential decade.

 

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

 

Peter’s Books:

The Thinkers Thesaurus: https://www.amazon.com/Thinkers-Thesaurus-Sophisticated-Alternatives-Expanded/dp/0393351254

So You Think You Know Baseball: https://www.amazon.com/So-You-Think-Know-Baseball/dp/039334438X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503599858&sr=1-1&keywords=so+you+think+you+know+baseball

So You Think You Know The Presidents: https://www.amazon.com/So-You-Think-Know-Presidents/dp/1933909730/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503599888&sr=1-1&keywords=so+you+think+you+know+the+presidents

So You Think You Know Rock & Roll: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Know-Rock-Roll-Depth/dp/1510717668/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503599920&sr=1-1&keywords=so+you+think+you+know+rock+and+roll

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Peter Meltzer

 

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