Friday, March 09, 2018

Justice Online

Last year Joshua Rozenberg QC (who presents Law in Action on BBC Radio 4) spoke on the subject of Justice Online -  Justice Online: Just as Good? - at Gresham College.
Recently he presented part two of a three part series -  Justice Online: Getting Better? - which begins with a detailed presentation of a Canadian programme, then goes on to a fairly critical presentation of reforms in progress in England and Wales. Next year will bring Rozenberg's final lecture in the series. The lectures are about one hour long, with a transcript and slides available.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Employees vs. Independent Contractors in the Gig Economy

NPR’s All Things Considered examines the distinction between employees and independent contractors here. Whether someone falls into one or the other category has many consequences  concerning, for instance, minimum wages and overtime, pensions, benefits such as insurance. Cases are coming through the courts concerning Uber and Lyft drivers, freelancers and contract workers.
4 min, 29 sec, transcript available.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Microsoft Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Does Microsoft have to turn over to U.S. authorities the content of emails stored overseas? NPR’s Nina Totenberg has a short (2 min, 26 sec) presentation of the case, United States v. Microsoft Corptranscript available, but the presentation page of the audio gives more information about the case. A much longer (1 hour) analysis of the issues involved in this case can be found on the First Mondays podcast for February 26. The oral arguments in the case will soon be available here.

Law in Action is Back

The BBC 4 radio programme, Law in Action, is back for another series. The first is about evidence withheld by the prosecution from the defense in criminal cases. Next week the journalist, Joshua Rosenberg, will examine sex discrimination law. There will probably be two more in this series. 30 min, no transcript.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Transparency in the Family Justice System (England) - the series

Gresham College (London) is presenting a series this year, Transparency in the Family Justice System, featuring Professor Jo Delahunty QC. Lectures already given include Women Lawyers: Equals at the Bar?What Do Judges Do in the Family Court? Vulnerable Clients and the Family Justice System. The lectures are about one hour long. You can watch the lecture in streaming or download it. A transcript is always available as well as the slides that are used.
The last three lectures will be Dealing with Sex Abuse, The Child in the Family Court Room: Whose Child is it Anyway? and Transparency in the Family Court: What Goes On Behind Closed Doors?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Gun Laws in the U.S.

For those who are confused about who can buy what weapons in the U.S., NPR’s All Things Considered has a report about the state of gun laws.
4 min, 36 sec, transcript available.

Recalling Judges in the U.S.

You might be surprised to learn that judges can be recalled. Recalled here doesn’t have anything to do with memory. It means that they can be removed from office by a special vote. See definition number 4 of the noun recall.
The California judge in the news who might be recalled is one who gave what some consider too lenient a sentence in the case of a Stanford student convicted of sexual assault. You can hear NPR’s Scott Simon's interview with a retired California judge opposed to this initiative who sets out the unwanted bad effects that it could have. 4 min, 55 sec, transcript available.