Justice Counts

Justice Counts

The dictionary describes "justice" as meaning “Just or fair behavior or treatment.” That’s our guidepost on “Justice Counts”, where the conversation goes beyond the law to issues that are important – like equal access and fair treatment for everyone. Justice Counts is a bi-weekly podcast featuring legal thriller author/justice advocate Mark M. Bello and political activist/author Bob Gatty discussing the important cultural, social justice, and political stories of our time. The podcast features interviews with lawyers, activists, journalists, authors, police officers, and everyday people with concerns about justice. Bello is an attorney, civil justice advocate, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series, and is emerging as an important voice in social justice today. He draws upon over 40 years of courtroom experience in his Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series and this podcast. A Michigan native, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature from Oakland University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After working extremely high-profile legal cases, Mark wanted to give the public a front-row glimpse of what victims face when standing up for justice. Combining his legal experience and passion for justice with a creative writing style, Mark not only brings high-quality legal services to his clients but captivating novels to his readers. When Mark’s not writing legal and political novels, he writes and posts about fairness and justice in the civil justice system on his website, Legal Examiner and NotFakeNews.biz. Bob Gatty is a political and human-interest writer who hosts the NotFakeNews blog and website, and the NFN Radio News podcast. He’s co-author of Hijacked Nation: Donald Trump’s Attack on America’s Greatness. For many years, Bob has worked as a writer, editor and communications consultant, focusing on government and politics. He began as a home town journalist, then worked for United Press International in its heyday covering state politics in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He got his start at the Black weekly, The Pittsburgh Courier, covering crime and the courts. Tempted by the allure of Washington, DC and big-time politics, Bob became press secretary and chief of staff for two Congressmen -- first the late Edwin B. Forsythe (R_NJ) and then James J. Florio (D-NJ), who later became governor. Florio is a regular co-host of the NFN Radio News podcast with Bob. After seven years on Capitol Hill, Bob opened a communications business in Washington, first providing political media consulting to candidates and then Washington coverage for national business magazines and communications consulting services for trade associations. His passion now is the Not Fake News network, which includes two podcasts, a video channel, and books. Not Fake News includes commentary on timely topics from the perspective of someone who once was a political insider, but is now on the outside looking in. Mark Bello is part of the NFN team of talented writers who contribute to Not FakeNews, which generally trend with "A Little Lean to the Left."

Episodes

September 26, 2022 37 min
In February 2020, attorney Joseph Fawbush wrote a piece for Findlaw.com entitled “Good News! People Think Lawyers Have an Average Amount of Integrity Now.”
Wow! Just average?

In the new book, “Filthy Rich Lawyers, The Education of Ryan Coleman,” attorney Brian Felgoise and co-author David Tabatsky explore that dubious claim.

It’s a sometimes hilarious novel, and the opening scene sets the stage when a young, ambitious lawyer named Ry...
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August 29, 2022 45 min
Today we welcome Roger Canaff, an award winning legal thriller author whose writing is influenced by his experiences as a child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, and speaker.

He has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children, first as a prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia, then as a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx.

Roger also was president of the Board of Dire...
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Host Mark M. Bello and a co-host Bob Gatty once again explore issues involving child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. While that's been in the headlines for decades, author Tom Hogan's "The Empty Confessional" explores the issue in a unique way—the author goes inside the head of a young priest who has decided to become an avenger.

From archaeological digs in Israel, to life in both Protestant and Catholic seminarie...
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July 31, 2022 49 min
Today, legal thriller author and attorney Mark M. Bello is with Erika Twani, who has some strong feelings about the state of our schools and what needs to be done – and can be done -- to fix them.

Erika is author of Becoming Einstein’s Teacher: Awakening the Genius in Your Students, is co-founder and CEO of Learning One to One, where, along with experts, she explores ways to foster human achievement through Relational Learning.

Befo...
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Gabrielle Hartley has spent over two decades working as a divorce attorney and mediator, but her special sauce is her ability to resolve the unsolvable conflict.

Working with polarized individuals, and families she has learned, first hand that there’s always a productive way forward, even when the situation feels impossible.

She is the Author of Better Apart; The Radically Positive Way to Separate and “The Secret to Getting Along...
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"The abortion war is over," says Justice Counts guest Kelley Keller, an attorney who is expert in Constitutional law. "It has been lost in the courts." Now, she says, those who are concerned about having control over their own bodies need to focus on a battle with broader support -- the right to a therapeutic abortion.

During this episode, Keller says people who oppose the "crazy" laws being proposed in some...
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June 20, 2022 47 min
For Congress to enact meaningful gun legislation in response to the mass shootings that are plaguing America, "some level of profile in courage" will be needed by lawmakers who traditionally have been beholden to the gun lobby.

"Sometimes principle is more important than your political career, but I'm not sure how many people think of it like that who are current members of Congress, unfortunately," said Mike Law...
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On May 15, the Southern Baptist Convention finally acknowledged what our guest today has already experienced – that pastors and other church employees have sexually abused parishioners and that the church covered up those claims for years.
Now our guest, Sandy Phillips Kirkham, was not a member of the Southern Baptists when she was sexually abused by her youth pastor. She was a member of another protestant denomination, which shows ...
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Today’s guest is Kelsey Walker and our topic is abortion, and the injustice that many states are attempting to perpetrate on women who are faced with this traumatic decision.

Since she was a teenager, Kelsey’s been a warrior for reproductive rights and then had her own experience with abortion. It was a tragic situation, and laws in the state in which she lived made it even more difficult.

From the trauma of that experience, she wrot...
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May 9, 2022 52 min
Hey guys, welcome to our podcast. Our guest today is Nicole D. Porter, who manages The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and confronting racial disparities in the criminal legal system.
Named a “New Civil Rights Leader” by Essence Magazine for her work challenging mass incarceration, Porter joined the Sentencing Project in 2009 and her advocacy and findings have supported crim...
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Michelle Thompson, J.D., Ph.D. is the CEO of Resistant Vision Coaching and Consulting.
She helps women lawyers and academics who work extreme hours to prove their prowess, build sustainable careers and earn promotions and raises.
Her approach is based on the belief that if you never set boundaries for yourself, you will always be overworking, stuck on the hamster wheel of producing more results, and losing sleep because you're ...
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Today, Mark Bello and I are with Tara Paustenbach, who with a background in sales/marketing, has partnered with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. since 1998. She recruits, trains and develops Associates across the U.S. and Canada to market the company’s products -- LegalShield and ID Shield for home and business.

For Pre-Paid Legal, she has served as Regional Manager and Regional Vice President in Southern California, and most recent...
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March 28, 2022 58 min
Today we welcome Dr. Tracy A. Pearson, a popular regular Court TV guest whose website includes the line, “She makes sense out of the noise.”

Dr. Tracy’s passion is helping others understand what they didn’t understand before, and then change their perspective. She has not one, but two doctorates, one in education and the other in law.

On the show, we discuss a wide range of issues that all fall under the heading of justice, whether i...
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March 14, 2022 44 min
A church should be where an insecure sixteen-year-old girl feels welcome and safe. Tragically for some, the church can become a place of great harm. My co-host, Mark M. Bello has written about this issue in his award winning novel, Betrayal of Faith, based upon his own experience as a young attorney representing victims of clergy abuse.

Our guest today has experienced clergy abuse, first hand. In her own book, Let me Prey Upon You, ...
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Our guest is Jordan Skopp, who among other things is leading a fight to get rid of a longtime baseball rule that prevents fans who are injured by batted balls to receive compensation in court, no matter how badly they are hurt.

Well, you might say, that fans are accepting the risk when they buy those tickets so they can have the best view or have a great chance of getting a ball for a souvenir. I do!

But Jordan thinks it’s wrong that...
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Today we’re with Dr. Pamela Gurley, who calls herself “a fierce entrepreneur” as an author, professional speaker, CEO, podcaster, professor, and businesswoman.

Dr. Pam says she’s a “busy and empowered boss lady working every day to change how Black women are perceived.” We’ll find out more about that.

In 2021, she was awarded the RadioOne EmpowerHER “Empowering Motivation” award for her commitment to uplifting others.

She’s a retired...
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January 31, 2022 54 min
Annie Little is a real estate finance lawyer turned ICF certified coach who specializes in supporting lawyers through their job searches, career transitions, and ascent to leadership positions within their organizations.
She founded JD Nation in 2012 to pursue her vision of a world in which every lawyer has a fulfilling job, a humane workplace, and a life they’re excited to live.
Through executive and career coaching, Annie strives t...
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January 15, 2022 36 min
Today, we’re with Michael A. Bryant, managing partner of the Minnesota law firm of Bradshaw & Bryant, where he represents clients suffering from minor, serious, and catastrophic injuries.

Mr. Bryant has extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies, as well as litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Minnesota. He was named MTLA Trial Lawyer of the year.

In the premier episode of Justice Counts,...
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January 3, 2022 57 min
Our guest is Carrie Kohan, a national child advocate and spokesperson who has forced the change of several laws in Canada relating to child abuse, and has written a book called “The Five Lessons of Life”.

In addition to forcing the government to change an entire body of Canadian law, Carrie founded Project Guardian and Mad Mothers Against Pedophiles (MMAP) in 1998. What MADD did for drinking and driving, Carrie wanted to do for pedo...
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