Service Roads: Conversations on the Law and Social Justice
Summary: Service Roads is a podcast focused on celebrating the practice of using the law for social change. Our guests include lawyers, judges, and advocates that have committed their careers to working for the people that need it most. As one of our guest's stated "there is a major difference between Law and Justice". We're trying to figure out what that difference is, and how lawyers can fix it.
Philadelphia's New District Attorney's Office - Larry Krasner by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
Reforming Family Courts - Judge Darlene Byrne by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
Parole And Supervised Release In Washington D.C. - Vincent Haskell by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
Grassroots Leadership & Life After Prison - Lewis Conway Jr. by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
Prison Grievances: When to Write, How to Write - Terri LeClercq by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
The Southern Center For Human Rights - Steve Bright (Speech) by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
The Southern Center for Human Rights - Steve Bright (Interview) by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
Gideon's Promise - Ilham Askia by Patrick Sellars, Logan Wexler & Eyad Saqr
This is a collection of our favorite excerpts from the past year of Service Roads interviews. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Look for new episodes featuring Steve Bright, Ilham Askia, and Terri LeClerq coming soon.
Alec Karakatsanis is a civil rights lawyer focused on ending the practice of human caging. Alec has been instrumental in suing county courts over their cash-bail practices that jailed people simply because they could not afford to pay their fines. Alec's lawsuits have had incredible success in Montgomery, Ferguson, and Houston. Due to his transformational work, Alec was awarded with Public Justice's 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year award.
James King was a former college football star making his dream come true in the NFL. Suddenly, he was charged with a murder that he did not commit and his whole world turned upside down. In this episode, Mr. King described what he dealt with during this nightmare, and how having his dream ripped away led him to a career in public defense.
Will Snowden is the founder and director of "The Juror Project", an organization dedicated to changing discriminatory practices that remove people of color from jury panels. Through grassroots community organizing, the project aims to actually achieve for criminal defendants their constitutionally guaranteed right: a jury of their peers. Mr. Snowden also speaks about his work with the Orleans Public Defender, and how growing up in an incredibly segregated midwestern city guided his aspirations to fight for equal justice.
Edgar Saldivar is a staff attorney at ACLU of Texas. In this episode he talks about his transition from private practice, the litigation surrounding SB4, and the potential implications of the law.
While an attorney at a big law firm, Brian Stolarz took a pro bono case for Alfred Brown. At the time, Mr. Brown was convicted of murder and sitting on death row in Texas. Upon meeting his client, Mr. Stolarz quickly realized he was innocent. In this episode, and in his book he tells the story of what it's like to go up against the "Texas Death Machine" in an effort to save Mr. Brown's life.
Nithya Nathan-Pineau is the director of the Detained Children's Program at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Center (CAIR). The program provides legal services to children detained in the custody of Office of Refugee Resettlement. She took the time to speak with us about the many issues facing children that come to the United States due to unspeakable violence in their own countries.