Compelling Constitutional Conversations

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Why We 
Love the 
Constitution

BY VALERIE JONES

The “We Love the Constitution” initiative by the National Constitution Center and iCivics invites people from all perspectives to record videos celebrating America’s founding document. Watch the first of ours now ▶︎

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VIDEO

THIS WEEK: The 'Gig' Economy Goes to Court

The so-called 'gig' economy– think Uber, Lyft and AirBnB– is changing the face business. But employees, independent contractors and insurance companies are hauling it into court. In our feature report, Gina Passarella interviews Shannon Liss-Riordan on her class action lawsuits against Uber Technologies Inc. 

"The genie's out of the bottle, are there ways the law can support that entrepreneurship rather than diminish it?" - Jonathan Younger, The RBL Group


WATCH MORE

SUPREME COURT NOMINATION FALLOUT RE: JUDGE GORSUCH


GORSUCH: "THEFT" OF SEAT? HISTORICAL & POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES (2:48)


MEET THE AMERICAN LAW JOURNAL

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ALLIANCES

SPOTLIGHT

CONFIRM– OR DENY– GORSUCH

BY VALERIE JONES

With Judge Gorsuch's confirmation hearing last week, it remains to be seen whether Democrats will approve the Republican nominee for Supreme Court. Or if Democrats filibuster, will Republicans trigger the Nuclear Option?. (3:04)

PARENTAL ALIENATION: CUSTODY, KIDS & DIVORCE

BY GINA PASSARELLA

A judge throws three children into juvenile detention because they refuse to see their father. How should judges handle matters of parental alienation? (3:30)


SLANTED TOWARDS FREE SPEECH 

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Lawyers for Simon Tam and rock group The Slants abandon the "reappropriation" argument before the U.S. Supreme court, betting everything on the First Amendment. (3:03)

'WILD WEST' OF DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS (Lawyer's Cut)

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

New caselaw— Tincher, specifically— makes this area of practice wildly unpredictable. Watch this ‘Lawyer’s Cut’ to get the full picture. (38:11)


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    John Waldron, Esq.
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    (Lawyer for Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s
    “The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst”)
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    The Hon. Edward N. Cahn
    Former Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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    John Morganelli, Esq.
    Northampton County, PA District Attorney
    (Prosecutor of Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst”)
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    Anthony B. Haller, Esq.
    Blank Rome LLP
  • "What I like about appearing on this program is the quality of the program. Christopher Naughton tackles difficult legal issues that legal scholars agonize over, and makes it clear to the audience how difficult those issues are and the competing contentions … the show is on the cutting edge of these issues. He is as prepared for the programs as the best attorneys who have appeared before me.."
    The Hon. Edward N. Cahn
    Former Chief Judge
    for the U.S. District Court
    of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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    John Morganelli, Esq.
    Northampton County, PA District Attorney
    (Prosecutor of Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s
    “The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst”)

 

 

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THE SCENES

Check out what we've been up to, who's visited the office, what the latest trend in producing television is.

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THE 
LIGHTER SIDE

Quizzes, surveys, the latest in legal cartoons: you never know what’s new on “The Lighter Side” until you look.

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FEATURED GUESTS

PARENTAL ALIENATION
FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

MELISSA IACOBUCCI ON DEALING WITH A MANIPULATIVE PARENT

WEBER GALLAGHER

Manipulating and brainwashing the children by one or both parents. How do family courts deal with parental alienation? Watch Attorney Iacobucci on "Parental Alienation, Grandparents Rights & Other Hot Topics in Family Law."

NURSING HOME LITIGATION
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

CHRISTOPHER CULLETON ON NURSING HOME ARBITRATION

SWARTZ CULLETON

The government was set to cut off funding for facilities that required arbitration clauses in patient contracts, but the new rule was blocked by a federal court. Is arbitration really a simpler, swifter and more cost effective way to settle disputes? Or does it keep abuse and neglect from the public eye? Watch Attorney Culleton on April 3rd.

SUPREME COURT
LGBTQ RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE

ANGELA GIAMPOLO ON TRANSGENDER BATHROOM RIGHTS

GIAMPOLO LAW GROUP

The Trump administration stripped transgender students of their right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. The Supreme Court was supposed to hear the argument for Gavin Grimm, a 17 year old Virginia transgender student, but not now. Watch Attorney Giampolo on "Transgender Before the Supreme Court" April 10.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
CORPORATE DEFENSE

LAURIE CARROLL ON WORKERS' COMPENSATION REFORM

NAULTY SCARICAMAZZA & MCDEVITT

Opioid addiction is rampant in the workers' comp system, costing employers and the public. Is PA House Bill 1800, which would create a 'cookie-cutter' guide to the medical care of injured workers, really the answer to this growing problem? Watch Attorney Carroll on "Opioids, States & Big Business Killing Workers Comp?"

SUPREME COURT
IP ATTORNEY PERSPECTIVE

JOHN CONNELL ON THE 'SLANTS' AND THE 'SUPREMES'

ARCHER LAW

Archer attorneys John Connell and Ronald Coleman argued the case of music group 'The Slants' before the U.S. Supreme Court. Is the band's name protected under the First Amendment, Free Speech? Watch "Trademark, Copyrights & Free Speech: The Slants Go to the Supremes."

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BLOG

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE'S PURPOSE

BY Jennifer

ALJ guest Sheryl Axelrod's followup comments on the real purpose of the Electoral College.

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR, CATO & ME

BY admin

...or what I should have said to Ilya Shapiro on a recent program on Supreme Court nominations.

2017: THE YEAR OF THE RULE OF LAW

BY Jennifer

We've had some compelling conversations at ALJ’s home office in light of our recent election cycle.

TOP MOVIE LAWYERS: OUR FAVES

BY admin

Who are your favorite movie lawyers? Mojo.com's video suggests ten; the ABA and our office weigh in.

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MOST VIEWED

JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY: DEALING WITH THE DIFFICULT EX:

Do you have a particularly vengeful and bitter 'ex'?

THIRD PARTY SETTLEMENTS:

Getting outside the Workers' Comp system. 

THE SECOND WIVES CLUB - THE END OF ALIMONY AS WE KNOW IT?:

Alimony reform hasn't yet taken the nation by storm, but here it comes.

DISABILITY OVER 50 - WHY AGE COUNTS:

If you're over 50, is getting approved for disability more in your favor?

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"OJ, COSBY & ‘MAKING A MURDERER'" 

What are the common themes in these three?

"WAGE, HOUR & OVERTIME: WHAT'S 'FAIR PAY' TODAY?

Minimum wage, overtime and more are under scrutiny more than ever.

"LIBERTY, JUSTICE AND... GAY MARRIAGE FOR ALL?

This is the feature report from "Will Gay Marriage Be the Law of the Land?"

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