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Broadcasting on PBS Stations Nationwide in 2019

 

The American Law Journal begins broadcasting on PBS stations in 2019. Presented by WHYY-Philadelphia the program will air in virtually every market in the country. (1:30)

 

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ALJ HONORED WITH 6th MID-ATLANTIC EMMY® AWARD

The American Law Journal brought home Emmy award statuettes from the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards gala October 13, 2018 in Philadelphia for the program Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era in the category Best Interview/Discussion Program. (26:16)


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PRONOUN WARS: THE LAW AND TRANSGENDER IN AMERICA (29:50)

GERRYMANDERING: WHY WE'RE MAD AT WASHINGTON (28:11)

WAGE, HOUR & OVERTIME: WHAT'S 'FAIR PAY' TODAY? (20:35)


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SPOTLIGHT

$80M JURY VERDICT AGAINST MONSANTO FOR FAILURE TO WARN

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

A jury has ruled against Monsanto, owned by Bayer AG, for failure to warn of the cancer-causing risks associated with its herbicide Roundup. “Now two different juries have held that Roundup causes an individual’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Monsanto should be punished for its conduct,” say plaintiff's lawyer Jennifer Moore. (3:59)

COMPUTER SCIENCE + THE CONSTITUTION

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

The College Board (SAT exams and Advanced Placement courses) suggests there are two "codes" that are indispensable for success in higher education and life in general. Their surprising conclusion has led to revamping the SAT college entrance and A.P. course exams. (2:49)

 

 

2020 ELECTION AND COURT PACKING 

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Still smarting from not having Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland granted a hearing, 2020 Democrat candidates are addressing the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court including the possibility of "packing the court" (i.e., adding judges to the bench). Is this a good idea? How can Supreme Court nominations be de-politicized? (3:21)


DISABILITY & FACEBOOK: BEWARE YOUR POSTS!

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Fair warning: anything you do or say on social media can and will be used against you in a court of law.  As we’ve covered on ALJ, it can be a workers comp claim, a divorce or custody issue, an employment matter, etc. Anything. Here’s a new one: social media posts may affect your Social Security Disability claim. Click the video above, watch at 7:11. Read more.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF ROE V. WADE? 

BY VALERIE JONES

Justice Kennedy voted conservatively in matters of business, voting rights, campaign finance and plaintiffs' actions, but he sided more with liberal justices on the Court on LGBT and to a certain extent, abortion matters. What impact will his retirement have on Roe? (feature-3:46, program 29:56)

SCOTUS ASKED TO WEIGH IN ON SCHOOLS TRANS-INCLUSIVE BATHROOM POLICY

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

Legal group has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of high school students who disagree with the schools trans-inclusive bathroom policy. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously decided to keep the policy in place. (3:27)


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FEATURED ATTORNEYS

CRIMINAL LAW
DEFENSE PERSPECTIVE
Glennis Clark

GLENNIS CLARK ON CRIMINAL DEFENSE

GLENNIS CLARK

How reliable is forensic science? According to experts in defense of a women wrongly convicted of killing her 10-year old son, some forensic science allowed in criminal trials, such as bloodstain-pattern analysis, is  more the interpretation of the "expert" than actual science. Watch ALJ's program on white collar crime "OJ, Cosby & 'Making a Murderer'"

EMPLOYMENT LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE
Tina Then

TINA TCHEN ON WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

BUCKLEY SANDLER

Tina Tchen, cofounder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund and former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, says workplace sexual harassment is a diversity problem. We need to prop-up companies that are doing a good job at promoting diversity on all levels. Learn more: "Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era."

EMPLOYMENT LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE
Gina Passarella

GINA PASSARELLA ON GENDER PAY GAP

ALM/THE LEGAL INTELLIGENCER

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling meant to close the gender pay gap. The Equal Pay Act does not allow employers to use prior work salary as a reason why a pay difference exists between men and women. Watch "Equal Pay for Women: Still Waiting?"

EMPLOYMENT LAW
CORPORATE PERSPECTIVE
Jonathan Younger

JONATHAN YOUNGER ON THE SKILLED 'GIG' ECONOMY

AGILE TALENT

With 57 million freelancers participating in the U.S. 'gig' economy each year and a average yearly growth of 8.1 percent, workers needs to cultivate the right skills to maximize their profit. Entrepreneur magazine published a list of the 10 highest paying freelance jobs in 2018. Watch Younger on "The 'Virtual' Employee in the 'Gig' Economy."

PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE
Stephen A. Sheller

STEPHEN SHELLER ON PHARMACEUTICAL LIABILITY

SHELLER PC

Philadelphia's Law Department has enlisted the help of five private law firms in the city's suit against multiple opioid manufactures for the "public health nightmare" it has created. One of the expert firms, Sheller PC, has been a guest on ALJ speaking out against the false claims and misleading marketing tactics of pharmaceutical companies.

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BLOG

Computer Science + the Constitution = Success?

BY Christopher

According to those who run the SAT exams, the two most important skills we test students for that correlate to success in education and in life are: Computer Science and the U.S. Constitution.

Disability & Facebook: Be Careful What You Post

BY Christopher

Fair warning: anything you do or say on social media can and will be used against you in a court of law. Read how social media posts may affect your Social Security Disability claim.

Roundup Loses Round #2: $80M with Punitive Damages

BY Jennifer

Second jury holds Monsanto liable and "punishes" them with another eye popping verdict– $75M in punitive and $5.3M in compensatory damages for failing to warn of cancer-causing risks of glyphosate in herbicide Roundup.

Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Sanders and “Packing the Court” 2020-style

BY Jennifer

Partisan court packing will be a primary factor in the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate debate. Pete Buttigieg, Beto O'Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker have voiced their opinions.

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"LIBERTY, JUSTICE AND... GAY MARRIAGE FOR ALL?

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