Law360's Pro Say - News & Analysis on Law and the Legal Industry

Law360's Pro Say - News & Analysis on Law and the Legal Industry

Pro Say is a weekly legal news podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.... Show More

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September 10, 2020 39 min
The National Football League kicked off its season this week, but there was never an offseason for football-related litigation. On this week’s episode, we’re catching you up on all the biggest cases you might have missed — from stadium tax credits to Terrible Towel trademarks to false advertising during the Super Bowl. Also this week, we dig into a legal battle between Whole Foods and its workers over Black Lives Matter face masks;...
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September 3, 2020 34 min
Pandemic-weary employers are hoping that a COVID-19 vaccine will make their workplaces safer, but forcing workers to get a shot is a legal minefield. On this week’s episode, Law360 employment law guru Vin Gurrieri walks us through a range of legal and practical problems with mandatory inoculation, as well as what history can teach us. Also this week, an appeals court strikes down the massive government data collection system expose...
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As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of working parents to care for homebound children, employers are struggling to understand new legal obligations designed to give employees more flexibility. This week, with a remote school year looming, we’re breaking down that complex legal landscape, as well as the steps taken by some law firms to support their working parents. Also this week, a 33-year-old Jones Day associate is nomin...
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Today we’re talking about one of the legal world’s most fascinating professions: the courtroom sketch artist. Relying on hand-drawn pictures to digest news events may seem quaint in the information age, but so long as television access to court proceedings remains limited, sketch artists will continue to play an important role. We talked with veteran courtroom artist Art Lien, who has documented cases at the U.S. Supreme Court and ...
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President Trump has declared the popular social media platform TikTok a risk to U.S. national security, citing its ties to China. The administration is now pursuing a number of legal options to address that threat, ranging from an outright ban of the app to a forced sale to a U.S. company like Microsoft. We’ll get you caught up on all the TikTok drama with Alex and Law360’s senior M&A reporter, Benjamin Horney. Also this week, ...
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Rock star Neil Young filed a lawsuit this week aiming to block President Donald Trump from using his music at campaign events -- the first significant legal action taken by an artist among many who have complained about Trump’s choice of rally anthems. But as host Bill Donahue explains on this week’s episode, the complexities of music licensing makes stopping a campaign from playing particular music harder than it might seem. Also ...
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July 30, 2020 38 min
The Pro Say team chatted this week with law school graduates around the country about how COVID-19 has impacted their bar exam experience — from months of uncertainty and delay, fears of test-site outbreaks and technological breakdowns, and lingering concern about what it means for job prospects. Also on this week’s show, how this year’s chaotic exam has called into question the test itself, and lent new support for radical changes...
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Courts around the country are weighing in on the legality of public health measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, from movie theater closures to gym bans to mask requirements. On this week’s show, we’re breaking down a slew of recent rulings, plus previewing what might come next. Also this week: A tragic attack on the family of a New Jersey federal judge; and a chat with three major corporate general counsel about how ...
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It was a year of big surprises at the Supreme Court: A pandemic forced the justices to hold telephonic arguments; conservative Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing on abortion and immigration rights, and the conservatives battled each other in the pages of dissenting opinions. We welcome Law360 Supreme Court reporter and Term podcast host Jimmy Hoover on this week’s episode to help us make sense of it all. Also th...
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July 9, 2020 34 min
The Supreme Court ended its term with a bang by issuing a pair of decisions on whether state prosecutors and federal lawmakers can access the president’s financial records. We break down the monumental rulings on this week’s episode, as the high court rejected the administration’s claims of absolute immunity and kicked the cases back into the judicial pipeline. Also this week: Employers would be wise to avoid COVID-19 liability wai...
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The Supreme Court took a bite out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week by allowing the at-will firing of its director, but the justices stopped short of dismantling the Obama-era watchdog completely. Law360 senior banking reporter Jon Hill joins the show this week to break down the decision and what it could mean for the future of other independent federal agencies. Also this week: a surprising victory for abortion...
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June 25, 2020 40 min
A landlord claims that Jenner & Block owes almost $4 million in unpaid rent on its Chicago office, but the firm responded this week that its lease was effectively broken by the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a special provision in its contract. On this week’s episode, we’re breaking down this brewing showdown between BigLaw and BigLandlord. Also this week: an appellate court rules that federal prosecutors can drop charges against ...
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June 18, 2020 41 min
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two big rulings this week, first handing down a landmark opinion protecting LGBT workers’ rights and then blocking the Trump administration from rolling back protections for young immigrants. This week we’re breaking down both, including an interview with former employment watchdog Chai R. Feldblum about the long-awaited Title VII decision. Also on this week’s show: the government lawsuit aimed at bloc...
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June 11, 2020 31 min
Protests over police brutality and racial injustice continue across the nation, and the judiciary is beginning to take notice. On this week’s show, we discuss a Fourth Circuit decision that denied legal immunity to five police officers in the killing of an unarmed black man and invoked the George Floyd case in the process. Also this week: a suit over a coronavirus vaccine being held “hostage”; the largest whistleblower award ever h...
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George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police has led to charges against several officers. But prosecution of cops is rare, and rarer still are successful suits brought by the victims themselves. Why is it so hard to hold the police accountable? We're joined by University of Chicago Law School professor Will Baude to discuss how qualified immunity shields the police. Also this week, a look at BigLaw's reaction...
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May 28, 2020 24 min
Over the past few weeks, federal prosecutors have launched a wave of criminal cases accusing people of trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. On this week’s show, we’re breaking them all down, including a New Jersey car salesman who sold price-gouged masks and a New York City man who tried to get millions in relief loans. Also on this week’s show, a big environmental ruling from the Ninth Circuit that could set the stag...
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COVID-19 has forced BigLaw firms to abandon their opulent offices and transform their lawyers into remote workers, pushing many firm leaders to question the enormous price they pay for high-end real estate. Joining us this week to discuss is Law360’s Brandon Lowrey, who will break down what the post-pandemic law office might look like. Also this week: A looming eviction crisis in New York City housing court; accusations of “pandemi...
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Best-selling author Scott Turow practically invented the legal thriller, and his latest novel “The Last Trial” hit bookshelves this week. We talk with Turow about his legal career, why capturing the nuances of the law is so important to his writing, and what it means to say goodbye to one of his most beloved characters. Also this week: a big ruling on President Trump’s emoluments problem; a bizarre turn of events in the criminal ca...
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Manhattan federal judge Jed Rakoff joins the show this week to discuss the many challenges facing the court system in the era of social distancing, ranging from urgent prisoner release requests to the often unwieldy process of holding hearings over the phone. Also this week: The notoriously silent Justice Clarence Thomas keeps chiming in during high court’s teleconference arguments; the U.S. Women’s soccer team’s equal pay lawsuit ...
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The end of social distancing will likely mean the start of unprecedented new public surveillance, putting efforts to halt new outbreaks on a collision course with basic civil liberties. Joining us this week discuss the complex legal problems that lie ahead is Law360 reporter RJ Vogt. Also on this week’s show: Accusations that a lawyer threatened to release confidential information about WilmerHale and Toyota; a Supreme Court ruling...
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