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Welcome to The Chicago Bar Association’s @theBar, a podcast where young and young-ish lawyers have interesting and unscripted conversations with their guests about legal news, events, topics, stories and whatever else strikes our fancy.
 
The official podcast of the Netflix film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, is hosted and narrated by Krista Smith. The series features conversations devoted to the significance of events in 1968 and the trial, and the parallels with what’s happening in America today, as well as discussions with Sorkin and the actors and creative minds that realized the world of the film.
 
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In this edition, Jonathan Amarilio is joined by Corey Stern, lead counsel for the plaintiffs injured in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, including more than 2500 children who were lead poisoned by consuming water from the Flint River. Corey discusses the origins of the water crisis, the role citizen advocates played in seeking government accountab…
 
In this edition, Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by California probate attorney Justin Gold to discuss a topic that is sensational, delicate, concerning, and much in the news: the conservatorship of Britney Spears. Justin explains how the conservatorship system is supposed to work, its pros, its cons, and how it – at least a…
 
In this edition, guest host Trisha Rich and co-host Jennifer Byrne are joined by public relations and legal marketing expert Debra Pickett of Page 2 Communications for a discussion about how lawyers can shift their mindset from lawyer to entrepreneur and embrace the art of shameless self-promotion to build their book of business.Special thanks to o…
 
Rob Bilott sits down with host Jonathan Amarilio to discuss his struggle on behalf of tens of thousands of poisoned Ohio and West Virginia residents and his ongoing efforts to stop the use of toxins that have contaminated nearly all of humanity.Special thanks to our sponsors, CourtFiling.net.By Legal Talk Network
 
In this special episode, host and narrator Krista Smith presents conversations with three individuals intimately acquainted with the events surrounding “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and its aftermath. They include actor Troy Garity, the son of Tom Hayden (played in the film by Eddie Redmayne) who was a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society…
 
Writer-director Aaron Sorkin returns to the series to reflect on the journey of his career. He discusses his singular talent for dialogue, what draws him to a story, his affinity for a courtroom scene, and why he still feels vulnerable despite all of his success. He also talks about the influence of legendary screenwriter William Goldman, as well a…
 
In this episode, four members of the film’s creative team share their experience working on the film. They include Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska, Ford vs. Ferrari), the Director of Photography; Shane Valentino (Nocturnal Animals, Straight Outta Compton), the Production Designer; Susan Lyall (Molly’s Game, Money Monster), the Costume Designer; and Al…
 
Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Eddie Redmayne, and John Carroll Lynch join the series to discuss their experience working on “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” The actors share their preparation for their roles, what it was like working with each other and with writer-director Aaron Sorkin, what they wanted to ensure they captu…
 
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, the author of “Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics,” joins the series to provide his insights on the mood of the nation in 1968, the stakes at the Democratic National Convention, and how Americans viewed the violence that erupted in Chicago as well as the trial that followe…
 
In this episode, listeners will hear from Jill Wine-Banks, a former Watergate Special Prosecutor, General Counsel of the Army, and the author of “The Watergate Girl”; Maya Wiley, a New York City mayoral candidate, university professor at The New School in New York City, and a long-time racial justice attorney; and Danny Greenberg, co-editor of the …
 
In this inaugural episode of “The Trial of the Chicago 7” podcast, Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin joins host Krista Smith to discuss the journey of the film. He reflects back on his first meeting with Steven Spielberg about the project, and he shares some of the challenges the film faced on its path to getting made. He discusses the powerful par…
 
In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by distinguished constitutional law scholar and University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone for a discussion about current challenges surrounding the First Amendment and free speech. They talk about what constitutes a public forum on social media, whether private social media companies…
 
In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha Rich are joined by Dan Cotter, lawyer, historian, and author of “The Chief Justices: The Seventeen Men of the Center Seat, Their Courts and Their Times,” to discuss the history of the handful of jurists who have lead the Supreme Court. They discuss key decisions made by the chief justices, thei…
 
Sharon Jones, provides an update on the current state of gender diversity in the legal profession. She chats with co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Chastidy Burns about strategies to master the unwritten rules for getting ahead in a profession that remains, in many ways, dominated by the “old boys’ club” culture.…
 
In this edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Nykoel Kahn chat with Nicole “Niki” Black about the legal profession’s reluctance to embrace technology and why lawyers must become more tech proficient or risk being outpaced in our rapidly evolving economy. They also discuss where the legal profession is headed, and debate whether attending law scho…
 
American serial killer and rapist, John Wayne Gacy, Jr., became notorious for the mass murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the late 1970s. December 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the mass grave beneath his home, which shocked the American public and shattered the image of the safe suburban community.…
 
In 2017, the Polish government passed an act to remove more than a third of the country’s supreme court judges and replace them with judges sympathetic to the governing party. Despite outcry from much of the public, Poland’s legal community, and the international community, the government moved forward with this and other efforts to undermine the j…
 
Our guests Jayne Reardon of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and the Honorable Clare McWilliams of the Circuit Court of Cook County, chat with hosts Jon Amarilio and Chastidy Burns about current societal trends, best practices for appearing before the bench and how to shift the legal profession’s culture to one of greater r…
 
In this special, two-part edition, host Jon Amarilio sits down with the Democratic and Republican candidates in the race for Illinois Attorney General: Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold. Rather than a search for politicized sound bites, these interviews delve deeper into who the candidates are, how they grew up, why they’re running, and how they view th…
 
In this special, two-part edition, host Jon Amarilio sits down with the Democratic and Republican candidates in the race for Illinois Attorney General: Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold. Rather than a search for politicized sound bites, these interviews delve deeper into who the candidates are, how they grew up, why they’re running, and how they view th…
 
Amanda Knox, the American college student charged with killing her British roommate while studying abroad in Italy, spent four years in jail before her murder conviction was overturned. In this episode, hosts Jon Amarilio and Trisha Rich speak with Amanda Knox's lead Italian defense lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, and her media consultant, Alex Guittie…
 
What’s all the brouhaha about Brexit? In this episode, host Jonathan Amarilio and Andrew Walker, Queen’s Counsel and the 2018 Chair of the Bar of England and Wales, break it down for us with a rousing discussion about practice of law across the pond, how the legal community is impacted by Brexit and much more. Special thanks to One Legal for sponso…
 
In this edition, our hosts Jon Amarilio and Jack Sanker are joined by Ajit Singh of the Law Finance Group and Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital to discuss how litigation financing is changing the face of modern litigation, the business of lawsuits, how litigation financing can be used by both the plaintiff’s and defense bar in creative ways, why in…
 
In this edition, our hosts Jon Amarilio and Catherine Sanders Reach talk with Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation and Conor Malloy the Founding Partner of Chi City Legal about the ever-evolving, hot-button topic of artificial intelligence and how its impacting the practice of law. Should lawyers be fearful that AI is …
 
This edition features Joel Cohen, a prominent New York white-collar criminal defense attorney and frequent contributor to The Hill, HuffPost, Slate, and the New York Law Journal, as he discusses his recent books Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide, which lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding judicial decision-making, and In Broken Scales: Ref…
 
In this edition, our hosts Jon Amarilio, Jack Sanker and Mghnon Martin ponder the question: What the heck is going on in Chicago and gun violence? They’re joined by Amy Thompson from the Office of the Cook County Public Defender and Max Kapustin from the University of Chicago Crime Lab to discuss the severity and root causes of Chicago’s gun violen…
 
In this Edition, hosts Jon Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne talk with Chicago-based divorce practitioners from two of the city’s most prominent domestic relations law firms, Miles Beermann, of Beermann, Pritikin, Mirabelli & Swerdove LLP, and Kimberly Cook, of Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, about the state of marriage and divorce in the U.S., and their expe…
 
Brian Cuban, attorney and best-selling author of The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption, talks about how his life-long struggle with low self-esteem and depression led to substance dependency, destroyed his legal career, and caused his life to spiral out of control. Brian shares his advice on how the legal community can ad…
 
Illinois State Representative Greg Harris about the Illinois budget crisis that spiraled out of control and dominated headlines for Illinoisans throughout much of 2017. Representative Harris, who served on the Illinois Budget Committee, shares his firsthand knowledge of how Illinois (like many other states) reached a point of such financial turmoil…
 
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