The JustPod

The JustPod

Podcast for the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. We'll talk current issues in criminal justice reform, policy and the Supreme Court. We'll discuss the work of the Criminal Justice Section including events, Task Forces, Standards, the ABA's ICC project and more. ... Show More

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December 4, 2019 3 min

Thank you for listening to Season 1 of The JustPod. We will be taking a break in December and January but will return in February of 2020.

Council Nominations: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/about_us/nominations/ 

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We are joined by Kevin Bethel who shares his experience as former deputy police commissioner for Philadelphia. Kevin shares his journey of reforming the way Philadelphia handled youth violations and introduced a pre-arrest diversion program that has been very successful.

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Current Chair, Kim Parker joins us for an update on the Criminal Justice Section's recent and upcoming activity. We discuss Fall Institute highlights, the upcoming call for council nominations, our new Diversity and Inclusion Fellows and more.
We also discuss the theme and plans for our centennial anniversary, "Perfecting Our Vision in 20/20".

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November 13, 2019 12 min

We begin a short series of Trial Tips with Nina Marino, who leads us through best tips and practices when drafting a motion. We discuss everything from headings to citations.

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Recent reports have discovered a disproportionate level of substance abuse and depression among lawyers in comparison with the general public. Bree Buchanan discusses these reports and the work of the National Task Force on Attorney Well-Being and their recommendations to address it. Did your employer sign the pledge to commit to attorney well-being?

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October 30, 2019 14 min

Cynthia Orr  leads us through a breakdown of the prosecution in the case of Varsity Blues, or the college admissions scandal. We discuss the progress of the prosecution, the plea deals and the application of RICO.

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October 23, 2019 21 min

James Berger joins us to  provide insight into the current landscape of commerce between US and China. We are in a period of heightened regulation and political tension, so what can practitioners do to help their clients navigate this space?

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October 9, 2019 23 min

Two constitutional law professors walk us through a comparison of a criminal case vs. the impeachment process. Rory Little and Steve Saltzburg explain differences between charges and articles of impeachment; conviction; trial proceedings and more.

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Chairman, Michael S. Greco and Director, Kristin Smith join us to provide an introduction to the ABA's ICC Project and the International Criminal Court. Learn more about the ABA's involvement with the International Criminal Court and the advocacy they are engaged in.

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Robert Mikos, the reporter of the Marijuana, Federalism, and Separation of Powers Task Force, joins us to share the work of the Task Force. We discuss the tensions between state and federal law and some of the most prominent legal problems that result. Mikos walks us through their report and resolutions.

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Jim Felman, chair of the First Step Act Implementation Task Force, joins us on the podcast to discuss the work of the Task Force. Their first objective is to gain more transparency around the risk assessment tool being used to implement the First Step Act. We discuss their experiences and concerns.

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September 11, 2019 21 min

Ken Goldsmith from the ABA Governmental Affairs Office informs listeners how to effect policy on the federal, state and agency level. We walk through recent examples where members of the Criminal Justice Section have done this successfully.

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August 29, 2019 23 min

Criminal Justice Section delegate, Stephen Saltzburg walks us through the Resolutions sponsored and co-sponsored by CJS during the recent Annual Meeting. Resolutions dealt with issues of marijuana and federalism, The First Step Act, sexual consent and firearms at the courthouse.

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We catch up with the Discovery Standards Task Force to discuss their work. Learn more about significant cases that have been the center of discussion for the Task Force and the examination of Brady violations.

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We are joined by both outgoing Chair, Lucian Dervan and incoming Chair, Kim Parker to look back on the last bar year and look forward to things to come.

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July 31, 2019 31 min

Melba Pearson joins us on the podcast to discuss prosecutorial discretion and its role in recent prominent cases. We walk through the prosecutors role in the Jussie Smollett case, the Epstein case and the Mueller Report.

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Previous Supreme Court Clerk, Rory Little, joins us for a discussion of the October 2018 Supreme Court Term, criminal cases. We discuss the overall impressions of the new bench and patterns in the opinions delivered. We then discuss some cases of note like Flowers v. Mississippi and Timbs vs. Indiana.

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Today, Ilene Jaroslaw helps us examine the charges brought against Epstein in the Southern District of New York and the implications of his preexisting non prosecution plea deal. We discuss the bail hearings and the Crime Victim's Right Act.

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July 10, 2019 19 min

What does the employment landscape look like for young lawyers? What are the challenges they face? We discuss with our co-chair, Deanna Adams, from the Young Lawyers Committee and introduce the CJS Mentorship Program.

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In this episode we discuss scenarios where counsel might run into challenges when working with a client with mental health disabilities. Dr. Eric Drogin walks us through some scenarios and how the mental health standards can help navigate these challenges.

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