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Meet The American Law Journal

Coming to PBS stations January 2019! Empowering ‘We the People’ to better understand our laws, Constitutional rights and responsibilities creating a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, our legal system and modern democracy. (1:30)

 

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ALJ HONORED WITH TWO MID-ATLANTIC EMMY® NOMINATIONS IN 2018

The American Law Journal has been honored with two nominations for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards. The programs Pronoun Wars: The Law and Transgender in America and Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo / Weinstein Era were both nominated in the category of Best Interview/Discussion Program/Special. (29:50)


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WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE #METOO ERA (29:14)

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

IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TRUST: ELDER ABUSE (3:05)


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SPOTLIGHT

JUSTICE KENNEDY STEPS DOWN: 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)

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN'S FINAL LETTER

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

Final wishes of the late Sen. John McCain was to tell the country not to "despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here." PBS Newshour covered  his full letter, his final words. (27:46)

KENNEDY ON LGBT RIGHTS, HISTORY IN FIVE MINUTES

BY VALERIE JONES

Most Americans don't know the first legal gay marriage in the U.S. was in 1975. A young Colorado appellate judge was responsible for striking it down. And yet, he would later become the most prominent voice on the Supreme Court for LGBT rights. (5:55)


"YOU CAN'T FIGHT THE FACTS"

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

“Women doing the same work still earn less than men. You can’t fight the facts. Pay equality is one of the biggest issues our nation faces," says Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor when asked about the greatest challenges facing women during an appearance at Brown University. (4:54)

JUSTICE BREYER ON DEALING WITH DIVISIVE ISSUES

BY VALERIE JONES

How does the Supreme Court deal with divisive issues? At an event held at The National Constitution Center, Justice Stephen Breyer relates how many times he has heard justices raise their voices to each other on the High Court (hint... zero!). (2:04)

 

WILL OPIOID EXECS GO TO JAIL?

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will introduce a bill that imposes a minimum 10-year prison sentence and individual fines for opioid executives whose company is found to have illegally contributed to the opioid crisis. Manufacturers would no longer be allowed to direct market opioid products without adequate warning of their addictive properties. (1:36)


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    National Advocate for Court Reform & Executive
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    Former Chief Judge
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LIGHTER SIDE

Quizzes, surveys, the latest in legal cartoons: you never know what’s new on “The Lighter Side” until you look.

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FEATURED ATTORNEYS

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
EMPLOYEE'S PERSPECTIVE

ANGELA GIAMPOLO ON TRANSGENDER SCHOOL COUNSELING

GIAMPOLO LAW GROUP

School employees, including counselors, in Ohio are now required by law to report to parents any student who asks questions about gender identity or gender dysphoria. Failure to report could result in felony charges. Watch Giampolo on "Pronoun Wars: The Law and Transgender"

EMPLOYMENT LAW
CORPORATE PERSPECTIVE

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."

EMPLOYMENT LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

ALLEY COLL STEELE ON THE #METOO MOVEMENT

THE PURPLE CAMPAIGN

The #metoo movement has seen over 400 executives and employees in a variety of industries since Harvey Weinstein's scandal in Dec. 2016, according to a Bloomberg report. Watch lawyer turned #metoo advocate on "Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era."

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

KEVIN MINCEY ON SEARCH AND SEIZURE

MINCEY & FITZPATRICK

Are roadside saliva tests for marijuana legal? Probably not. These test, at best, determine whether a driver has marijuana in their system and not whether they are intoxicated, which may result in serious violations of due process and equal protection. For more on the 4th Amendment watch "Search and Seizure / Car Stops: A 'New' Forth Ammendment For a New Generation?"

PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

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

Tick-tock ... or not: Supreme Court tells NC they don't have to redraw voting map. But in PA ...

BY Valerie

UPDATE: PA Supreme Court says Congressional voting maps are unconstitutional- change them. NC was told the same thing but the Supreme Court said not yet?

Trump, Nixon and the Pentagon Papers

BY Jennifer

Where do Richard Nixon, Donald Trump and the Pentagon Papers intersect? In 1968, President Johnson was concerned that candidate Nixon had violated the Logan Act by contacting a foreign power before the election. Is the United States repeating history?

Will the Courts block the FCC ending Net Neutrality?

BY Jennifer

The FCC just reversed the Obama era Net Neutrality rule, December 14, 2017. Now that the FCC has passed the repeal of net neutrality with a 3-2 vote, what can be we expect?

Cake and Civil Rights at the Supreme Court

BY Valerie

ALJ Guest and law professor John Culhane says the court struggled to find middle ground between two sides in the Masterpiece Cakeshop argument.

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ALLIANCES

MOST VIEWED

JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY: DEALING WITH THE DIFFICULT EX:

Do you have a particularly vengeful and bitter 'ex'?

THIRD PARTY SETTLEMENTS:

Getting outside the Workers' Comp system. 

THE SECOND WIVES CLUB - THE END OF ALIMONY AS WE KNOW IT?:

Alimony reform hasn't yet taken the nation by storm, but here it comes.

DISABILITY OVER 50 - WHY AGE COUNTS:

If you're over 50, is getting approved for disability more in your favor?

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"OJ, COSBY & ‘MAKING A MURDERER'" 

What are the common themes in these three?

"WAGE, HOUR & OVERTIME: WHAT'S 'FAIR PAY' TODAY?

Minimum wage, overtime and more are under scrutiny more than ever.

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

This is the feature report from "Will Gay Marriage Be the Law of the Land?"

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