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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. This is the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA’s podcast, and may not contain official ABA policy statements. For the ABA’s Code of Online Conduct visit here: https://www.americanbar.org/about_the_aba/codeofconduct/
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Joe Whitley of Baker Donelson, who also served as the first General Counsel for the United States Department of Homeland Security joins us for a special episode to review the events of January 6th. We discuss voter fraud and where and with whom there is potential criminal liability from that day. Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Chair April Frazier-Camara joins us to give us an update on the Section. We recap highlights from the Fall Institute before jumping into new CJS projects: the Policing Project and the Criminal Justice Practice-Ready Clinic and more.Details for CJS publication submissions here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/faq/publications/
Imran Ali joins us to discuss the prosecution of child trafficking. We discuss how to identify victims, how to build a case, trial strategy and addressing the unique challenges that layers of trauma play in these cases.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Michael Moore joins us to share details about how a grand jury works. From seating jurors, to indictment or no bill, to the need from secrecy, Moore walks us through it. Moore also helps contextualize a few notable cases from the news that used a grand jury like the Breonna Taylor case.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Deanna Adams, Chair of the ABACJS Young Lawyer Committee joins us to share an exciting program created to help law students and young lawyers whose employment opportunities have been hurt by the pandemic. She gives us an overview of the time commitment, benefit of participation, work opportunities and the career portal available to Clinic participants. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_Bil4g6LiRRMYAOHBZoIy_hDu0B8JN0-Gq_W-Vruelz289w/viewform?usp=sf_linkWant to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Election Litigation

Election Litigation

2020-10-2945:11

We are joined by two experts in this episode to discuss election litigation past and present in collaboration with the Sections of Civil Rights and Social Justice and Litigation. First Rob Weiner joins us for a review of the SCOTUS case. Weiner is currently the  Senior Counsel at Arnold & Porter, Senior Consultant at the Campaign Legal Center, former Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Obama Administration,  and Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office in the Clinton Administration.  Weiner also clerked for Justices Thurgood Marshall and Henry Friendly. Michele Hangley, of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, who has represented certain Pennsylvania counties and the state of Pennsylvania in election litigation joins us to discuss current litigation in voter fraud. We discuss current and potential litigation as well as how voter fraud cases typically progress or get dismissed.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Judge Tracie Todd joins us to lead us through a review of the Section's history with diversity and inclusion. We begin our discussion focused on diversity and inclusion reflected in our membership and leadership. We then discuss some of the many projects that have aimed to address issues for members of diverse communities within the criminal justice system. And yes, we talk about some gaps and shortcomings of our Section's history of diversity and inclusion. This is not an exhaustive review of all policy, projects and initiatives but it  is an overview.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Steve Hurley lends his expertise to our trial tips series to discuss hearsay evidence. We examine some exceptions to the rule against hearsay and the importance of reliability. We discuss the impact of stress on the reliability of a witness, present sense impression and the intersection of hearsay, competence, excited utterance and more. Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Prosecutor Reform

Prosecutor Reform

2020-10-0736:36

State's Attorney Kim Foxx from Cook County joins us on the podcast to discuss the role prosecutor's can have in creating reform within the criminal justice system. We discuss the 11 recommendations that were recently put forward by a group of Black female prosecutors, including Foxx, in a Politico op-ed. We cover a range of topics from declining to prosecute low-level offenses to banning no-knock warrant, investment of funds in community-led response programs, plea bargaining and more.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Laura Chiu joins us to share some highlights from her recent article reviewing the first 100 Years of CJS history. Additionally, she elaborates on the work of the Criminal Justice Section in advocating for the right to counsel for all indigents. Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Jose Varela joins us for well-being series to discuss the well-being of public defenders. 2020 has had a unique impact on the profession and we discuss these new normals. We discuss the burdens of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and how to cope with them. Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Ron Goldstock helps us review both US and CJS history with organized crime and the development of RICO. We discuss where the Section helped shape policy to address the pervasive problem of organized crime and more. Ron also shares his work in helping bring the Federal charges against the members of the Commission, the Mafia's ruling body.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
More Police Reform

More Police Reform

2020-09-1025:34

Police Chief Anthony Holloway from St. Petersburg, Florida joins us to continue our conversation around police reform. We talk about trending reform action items like demilitarizing the police, no knock warrants, citizens review, police misconduct public databases, defunding the police and more.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Prosecutor Well-being

Prosecutor Well-being

2020-09-0244:01

Adara Combs joins us to discuss the unique stressors of being a prosecutor. We talk about the burdens of investigation, proof and justice. We also take time to discuss the unique stressors for Black prosecutors, especially during a period of unrest and calls for racial justice and equity. We also speak to managing the stress as a prosecutor and resources for well-being. Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Elizabeth Kelley walks us through a review of the history of the Criminal Justice Section in the space of mental health and mental disabilities. The work of the Section in this space begins right alongside the Section in its first days. We discuss early collaborations with associations and the Wickersham Commission, amicus briefs and policy put forward by the Section in major case law, the CJS Mental Health Standards and more.CJS Mental Health StandardsRepresenting People with Autism Spectrum Disorders Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Outgoing Chair, Kim Parker and new Chair, April Frazier Camara, join us for a special episode in which we figuratively pass the gavel. Kim shares her thoughts on the unforgettable ABA year 2019-2020. Get to know April as she introduces herself and her objectives for this coming ABA year. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/events_cle/centennial/https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/awards/Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Bruce Green, Jessica Roth and Ion Meyn from our Standards Project join us for a review of the history of the CJS Standards Project. We share the origin and evolution of the Standards and what impact they have had on the field of criminal justice since their inception in the 1960s.History of the CJS Standards Project Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
The ABA policy making House of Delegates met during online sessions August 3-4 to debate and vote on a wide range of policy issues as part of the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. CJS Delegates, Steve Saltzburg and Neal Sonnett join us to talk about the CJS Resolutions that were primarily sponsored by CJS and that were cosponsored by CJS. Join us as we discuss topics from restorative justice and discovery standards to police reform and voting rights.https://www.americanbar.org/news/reporter_resources/annual-meeting-2020/house-of-delegates-resolutions/Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now 
Former Supreme Court Clerk, Rory Little, joins us for a discussion of the October 2019 Supreme Court Term, criminal cases. We discuss the overall trends observed from the bench and the opinions delivered. We then discuss some cases of note like Bridgegate, DACA and more.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now
Ian Gershengorn, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Professor Barbara Creel speak to us about the recent Supreme Court case, McGirt v. Oklahoma. Gershengorn served as Jimcy McGirt's attorney and offers his experience in preparing and presenting the case. We discuss case strategy and the opinion delivered by Justice Gorsuch.Professor Creel, a member of the Pueblo of Jemez, has also served as an assistant federal public defender and brings her expertise in Indian Country criminal defense to our discussion. We discuss the petition brought forward by Jimcy McGirt, Indian sovereignty and the potential impact of this decision.Want to get involved with the Criminal Justice Section? Join us! https://www.americanbar.org/membership/join-now 
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