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Good Law | Bad Law

Summary: Good Law | Bad Law is a weekly podcast featuring Attorney Aaron Freiwald and guests taking stories from the headlines and from the courtroom and discussing how and why the law matters to every American. Come join us and our guests every Friday for an informative and fun conversation! Submit your questions and topic suggestions on Facebook or Twitter to have them discussed on the show.

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 Good Law | Bad Law #57 – Thank You & Happy Holidays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:33

On this episode of Good Law | Bad Law we want to thank you, the listener for your continued support; for going on this journey with us and helping us make the show what it is today.   We are looking forward to a great 2018.   Happy Holidays,   Aaron Freiwald

 Good Law | Bad Law #56 - Pro-Bono Legal Work, A Lawyer’s Duty W/ Joseph Sullivan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:09

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.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Joseph Sullivan   Follow Good Law | Bad Law: Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: https://www.GoodLawBadLawPodcast.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #55 - Hate Crime In PA W/ The Chancellor Of The Bar, Deborah Gross | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:26

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    Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Deborah Gross   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #54 - The Silence Breakers W/ Susan Wild | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:48

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   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #53 - How To Prevent Hazing W/ Dr. Gregory Parks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:02

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/.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Dr. Gregory Parks   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #52 - Living Out Loud W/ Henry Sias | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:28

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   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #51 - 40 Years Of Blazing Trails As A Woman In The Law W/ Judge Sandra Moss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:07

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by retired Judge Sandra Mazer-Moss to talk about sexual assault in the workplace and her efforts to inspire and mentor women in the legal field.   Judge Moss was a Judge in Philadelphia for more than 30 years and was integral in the process of clearing out the backlog of asbestos and other civil cases in the City. In her time on the bench, she helped start the first court system that was built with a business plan in mind. And, through her efforts as a leader and mentor in the Philadelphia community she has inspired many young women and encouraged them to pursue a career in the legal field.    Judge Moss also shares stories from her career as a lawyer and how she got on the bench, telling us how she overcame an unsupportive family, being a single mother attending law school, and facing sexual harassment in the workplace. She also explains how important having a strong mentor was for her and how that person impacted her career trajectory.   Join us for this incredibly relevant and fascinating conversation with Judge Sandra Mazer-Moss.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Sandra Mazer-Moss   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #50 - Extreme Vetting and the US Immigration Policy W/ Ilan Rosenberg | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:42

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Ilan Rosenberg.   Ilan is an Attorney in Philadelphia and was the President of HIAS Pennsylvania for the past three years. HIAS or the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been around for over 135 years and was founded to help Jewish immigrants adapt to their new country. Ilan and Aaron discuss the Muslim travel bans proposed by President Trump as well as the process of extreme vetting the President proposed for immigrants and refugees coming into our country.   As Ilan explains, the new “extreme vetting” process is actually no different than the process that has been in place since the 1980s. Ilan explains all of the steps and the typical timeline for a person who is trying to seek refuge in the United States.   Aaron and Ilan also discuss some of the history of immigration in the United States from the Irish coming during the Irish famine, Italians migrating here, and Jews who came before and during WWII. This leads us to the current travel ban that restricts entry from certain, mainly war-torn Muslim countries like Syria. What Ilan explains is, by not allowing these people into our country we are condemning them to certain death. It is no different than not allowing Jews into our country during WWII.   Finally, Ilan tells us how immigration and taking in refugees is not and should not be an economics discussion. It is a human rights and morality discussion. We take people in because that’s how we built this country, that’s why America is what it is.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   And, thank you everyone who has supported Good Law | Bad Law over the past few months as we continue to grow. We are so proud to hit this milestone of 50 episodes and are thankful that you have joined us on this journey.   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Ilan Rosenberg   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 CASE IN POINT | The Opioid Commission and Safe Injection Facilities - Good Law | Bad Law | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:12

On this episode of Case In Point, Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law, looks at the White House Opioid Commission’s report and suggestions for how to handle the country’s opioid crisis. The 130-page report outlines a plan that focuses on education and law enforcement rather than more controversial, but possibly, more effective measures such as Safe Injection Facilities.   Safe Injection Facilities are something we’ve been talking a lot about recently at Good Law | Bad Law and Freiwald Law since speaking with Scott Burris, a Temple Law Professor, Executive Director of the Center for Public Health Law Research, and an advocate for Safe Injection Facilities in the United States.   Safe Injection Facilities have seen great success in other countries in both reducing the number of overdose deaths as well as the number of drug users. But, these potential solutions are not a part of the Opioid Commission's recommendations.   If you’d like more information on Safe Injection Facilities you can listen to our episode of Good Law | Bad Law with Scott Burris (https://thelawmatters.podbean.com/e/good-law-bad-law-46-safe-injection-sites-w-scott-burris/) or you can head over to our website and read a recent article written by Aaron Freiwald (https://www.freiwaldlaw.com/blog/safe-injection-facilities)   As always, let us know what you think!   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/  

 Good Law | Bad Law #49 - Gerrymandering, W/ State Senator Daylin Leach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:05

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by State Senator Daylin Leach.   Daylin Leach, a former attorney, is State Senator in Pennsylvania’ 17th Senatorial District and is running for Congress in the 7th Congressional District. State Senator Leach is known for being one of the most liberal members of the Pennsylvania Legislature and he is proud of that distinction.   In our discussion today, we talk about gerrymandering in our country and what it means for voters. State Senator Leach explains “packing and cracking,” which are the two ways a district can be gerrymandered. “Packing” he explained, is when all one parties voters are stuffed into one district so that party has an overwhelming majority. This leaves less of that party’s voters in the other districts making it harder for them to win. “Cracking” on the other hand, is when one party tries to spread all of the other party’s voters out over many districts. This again, leaves fewer voters in each district.   In addition to gerrymandering, we also talk about the state of the opioid crisis in our country and the White House commission led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. We talk about proposed solutions and break down what they are really proposing.   Join us for this intriguing conversation with the always controversial – and funny – State Senator Leach.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Daylin Leach   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com  

 Good Law | Bad Law #48 - Legal Parentage W/ Tiffany Palmer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:35

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Tiffany Palmer, a Family Law attorney who focuses on the rights of same sex parents.   Aaron and Tiffany discuss legal parentage and the difficulties that can arise when you are not a biological parent to your child. Though Tiffany focuses her practice on LGBT families, these issues affect all types of families. As surrogacy and other forms of alternative child bearing are becoming more common-place so too will the issues of parentage.   When the court decides that you are not a child’s parent everyone involved suffers the consequences. You may lose visitation to the child and may not even be allowed to see them again depending on the situation and your child loses a parent.   In today’s episode Tiffany tells us of a few cases where parentage has been questioned and challenged and some of the ways you can guarantee your rights as a child’s parent even if you aren’t biologically related.   Join us for this intriguing conversation as we discuss legal parentage with Philadelphia Attorney Tiffany Palmer.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Tiffany Palmer   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 CASE IN POINT | EMTALA - Good Law | Bad Law | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:29

On this episode of Case In Point, Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law, talks about the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or EMTALA. EMTALA was enacted in 1986 and made it illegal for emergency departments to refuse to treat a patient because of their perceived inability to pay. The EMTALA act makes emergency departments evaluate and stabilize any patient that comes through the door.   Before EMTALA was enacted many emergency rooms utilized a practice called “dumping” or “patient dumping” where they would turn a patient away at the door even though that person might be in critical condition. Patients would sometimes have to travel over 20 miles to another hospital to try and get treatment. This practice was especially common for women in labor, thus the name Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.   Today, Diane Black, a congress-woman from Tennessee is trying to remove EMTALA and let hospitals choose who they treat. Diane Black is a former Emergency Room nurse and is now running for the governor of Tennessee.   As history has shown us, when hospitals can choose who they treat and who they turn away, people who truly need care get left behind. EMTALA was not made to make emergency room workers jobs harder, it was enacted to protect patients.   Listen in and if you would like more information you can visit our website Freiwaldlaw.com and read a blog post Aaron wrote about EMTALA: https://www.freiwaldlaw.com/news-item/emtala   As always, let us know what you think!   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/

 Good Law | Bad Law #47 Part 2 - Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles W/ YSRP | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:09

In part two of Good Law | Bad Law 47, host Aaron Freiwald is joined for the first time by three guests: Joanna Visser Adjoian, Giovanni Reid, and John Pace. Joanna runs the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project in Philadelphia PA.   The YSRP works with juveniles who have been prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, including those who have been sentenced to life without parole. They help kids and young adults through the entire process from sentencing through their time in jail, offering them support and guidance, and finally with re-entry back into their community.   Joanna brought along two gentlemen that had benefited from the YSRP services Giovanni and John. Both gentlemen have been recently released and were kind enough to come in and share their stories with us.   To learn more about what YSRP does you can visit their website: https://ysrp.org/ To learn more about the Juvenile Law Center you can visit their website: http://jlc.org/ To learn about the cases that have made it possible for these young adults to have a chance at a free life click on the links below: Roper v. Simmons made it illegal for courts to hand down the death penalty to minors. Graham v. Florida declared it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to a life without parole sentence. Montgomery v. Louisiana made the courts go back and re-try cases where a juvenile had been given a life without parole sentence.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Joanna Visser Adjoian, Giovanni Reid, and John Pace       Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #47 Part 1 - Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles W/ Brooke McCarthy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:57

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Brooke McCarthy a fellow at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, PA. Brooke is here to discuss mandatory life without parole sentences for Juveniles who have committed very serious crimes.   The Juvenile Law Center works to help over-turn or re-negotiate sentences of youths that have been convicted of violent crimes. Brooke tells us about three crucial cases that paved the way for organizations like the Juvenile Law Center to do what they are doing: Roper v. Simmons, Graham v. Florida, and Montgomery v. Louisiana.   Here are the cases we discuss on the show: Roper v. Simmons made it illegal for courts to hand down the death penalty to minors. Graham v. Florida declared it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to a life without parole sentence. Montgomery v. Louisiana made the courts go back and re-try cases where a juvenile had been given a life without parole sentence.   Join us for this riveting conversation as we discuss the Juvenile Law Center and mandatory life sentences for juveniles.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Brooke McCarthy     Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

 Good Law | Bad Law #46 - Safe Injection Sites W/ Scott Burris | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:25

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Scott Burris, Professor at the Temple University Law School and Executive Director at the Public Health Law Research Center.   The Public Health Law Research Center is an organization that operates out of the Temple University Beasley School of Law where Scott teaches. Professor Burris has been a longtime advocate of Safe Injection Sites as a way of curbing injury and death associated with opioid use. Safe injection Sites or CUES have been set up in some other countries and share the philosophy of the “Needle Share” programs. The idea is, if we provide people resources and a safe place to inject their drugs we can offer them the help they need to turn their lives around.   The countries that have implemented these programs are seeing positive results. The Safe Injection Sites provide clean needles, privacy, alcohol wipes, and a place to recover from their usage. They are also staffed with professionals who can offer them resources as well as assist in the case of an overdose.   Some worry that Safe Injection Sites will bring more drug users to their neighborhood. Professor Burris says, studies have found the opposite to be true. Safe Injection Sites reduce the rate of drug use as well as drug related illnesses.   Join us today as Professor Scott Burris and Aaron Freiwald discuss this fascinating and provocative approach to the opioid epidemic. If you would like to contact the Public Health Research Center you can visit their website http://phlr.org/.   Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!   Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Scott Burris   Follow Freiwald Law: Twitter: @FreiwaldLaw Facebook: @FreiwaldLaw Youtube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @goodlawbadlaw Website: http://www.freiwaldlaw.com

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