Service Roads: Conversations on the Law and Social Justice show

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.

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 Ending Wealth-Based Pretrial Detention - Alec Karakatsanis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:31

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.

 How A Wrongful Conviction Led James King from the NFL to a Career in Public Defense - James King | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:02

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.

 Orleans Public Defenders & The Juror Project - Will Snowden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:33

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.

 The ACLU Of Texas and SB4, Texas' Anti-Sanctuary City Law - Edgar Saldivar | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:23

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.

 Grace and Justice on Death Row - Brian Stolarz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:57

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.

 CAIR Coalition and Defending Immigrant Children - Nithya Nathan-Pineau | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:42

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.

 "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" - James Forman Jr. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:23

James Forman Jr. is a law professor at Yale, a former public defender, and co-founder of the Maya Angelou Academy. In episode 12, you will hear Mr. Forman's speech to the Public Defender Service in Washington D.C. in which he talked about what led him to write his book "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America". In episode 13, Mr. Forman graciously took part in an exclusive interview with Service Roads, where he provides incredible insight into the problem of mass incarceration, and necessary reforms to legal education.

 James Forman Jr. - Speech | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:29

James Forman Jr. is a law professor at Yale, a former public defender, and co-founder of the Maya Angelou Academy. In episode 12, you will hear Mr. Forman's speech to the Public Defender Service in Washington D.C. in which he talked about what led him to write his book "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America". In episode 13, Mr. Forman graciously took part in an exclusive interview with Service Roads, where he provides incredible insight into the problem of mass incarceration, and necessary reforms to legal education.

 New Hampshire's Opioid Crisis - James Boffetti | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:44

In this episode, we spoke with James Boffetti, the assistant Attorney General of New Hampshire, about his state's lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies manufacturing opioids. New Hampshire is in the midst of an incredibly large heroin epidemic, which has led Mr. Boffetti's office to bring charges against Purdue Pharma, one of the country's leading manufacturers of synthetic opioids.

 Criminal Justice and Mental Health in Austin - Judge Sarah Eckhardt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:45

Sarah Eckhardt is the first female to hold the office of Travis County Judge. In this episode we talk to her about SB4, how the criminal justice system mishandles the problem of mental health, and what cities can do to make sure each individual that comes in contact with the criminal legal system is afforded equal protections.

 Infinite Hope - The Story of Anthony Graves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:28

Anthony Graves was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 18 years on death row. In this episode, Mr. Graves shares his story along with his insights about how the criminal justice system - and the actors within it - needs to change in order to truly ensure that justice is served.

 Indigent Defense In Austin - Katy Dyer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:47

Katy Dyer is the director of holistic defense at the Capital Area Private Defender Service (CAPDS) in Austin, TX. In this episode, she speaks to us about how indigent clients are provided with counsel in a city, like Austin, where no state-funded public defender service exists. CAPDS is revolutionizing how people charged with crimes in Travis County obtain adequate legal representation for their cases.

 The Social Justice Lawyering Movement - Bill Quigley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:41

Loyola University of New Orleans law professor Bill Quigley speaks to us about what it means to be a social justice lawyer. Mr. Quigley is the director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola, and has served as counsel on numerous social justice issues. He is also the author of two great books, "Ending Poverty As We Know It" and "Storms Still Raging: Katrina, New Orleans and Social Justice".

 ArchCity Defenders - Thomas Harvey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:27

Thomas Harvey, co-founder of Arch City Defenders, talks about the criminalization of poverty in St. Louis, a city where traffic tickets often lead to jail time for the city's poor.

 Fair Financial Services and the Threat of Predatory Payday Lenders - Ann Baddour | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:53

Ann Baddour of Texas Appleseed speaks about the extraordinary problem of predatory payday lending agencies, and how their loans are structured to keep borrowers in perpetual debt.

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