Lawyers Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales discuss a variety of legal and social justice issues. Sometimes the subject is how the law doesn’t always treat injured parties fairly—what lawyers refer to as tort reform—and other times a social justice issue like human trafficking is the topic.
Regardless of the topic, you’ll hear about important issues in a way that makes it enjoyable to listen. No legal-speak, no complicated terms. Just plain talk, with the goal of making the law and social justice issues easier to understand.
And sometimes, there’s even a little humor thrown in—but not too much humor. After all, these are lawyers doing the talking.
Why do Blacks suffer a higher infant mortality rate than Whites?
Patricia Gabbe, M.D, explains why Blacks have such a high infant mortality rate and why racism is a public health crisis.
Is Ohio ready for the November elections?
Guest: Jen Miller, executor director, League of Women Voters of Ohio
Jen discusses all things voting—voter guides published by the League, how our voting system is protected against fraud, and what Ohio is doing to get ready for the November 2020 election.
Police abuse—a few bad apples or a systemic problem?
Guest: Attorney James D. McNamara
Jim McNamara has prosecuted civil actions throughout the state of Ohio on behalf of citizens who have suffered from police abuse. Based on the cases he’s handled over the course of 40 years, Jim explains why police abuse exists, the breadth of the problem, and what it takes to effect real change. Jim and a number of other leading civil rights lawyers recently filed suit in federal court against Columbus for the abuse citizens recently suffered when protesting downtown.
Drinking and driving—what might seem like a good idea never is
Guest: attorney Jon Saia of Saia & Piatt
Jon Saia’s practice is focused on OVI defense. He’s one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in Ohio on this area of the law. Not only an accomplished attorney, Jon is certified by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as an instructor in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests. He’s also certified by the manufacturer of the BAC Datamaster, in the operation, diagnostic verification and calibration of the BAC Datamaster Breath Alcohol Testing Instruments.
Jon talks with us about how the OVI laws work, what you can expect if you get pulled over and how you should conduct yourself, the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction, and common misconceptions about the law that even some judges labor under.
The DuPont story—one lawyer’s 20-year legal battle against a corporation’s pollution and cover up
Guest: Robert A. Bilott, partner at Taft Law
For years, DuPont had been dumping in a landfill in Parkersburg, West Va., a man-made chemical commonly known as PFOA, which was recently linked to cancers and other diseases. But DuPont knew as far back as 1951 that PFOAs posed a health risk, and as time went on, DuPont learned more and more about the dangers associated with PFOAs. But this chemical, which leached into the city’s drinking water, was the magic ingredient that made Teflon and other products possible, which meant that PFOAs were a money maker—a big money maker, and so DuPont never disclosed these dangers to either its employees or the public.
Listen to the discussion with attorney Robert A. Bilott—how he was drawn to the case, what he uncovered over a 20-year span, the lawsuits he filed and how his actions led to DuPont being held accountable for what it did and, more important, how he helped the 70,000 residents of Parkersburg.
Can a court order you to not have children?
Guest: Giovanna Scaletta-Bremke
If you have 13 children by nine women and fall behind on your child support payments, can a court order you to not have more children? A trial court in Lorain County, Ohio, thought it had the power to issue such an order, and the appellate court agreed. Now it’s up to the Ohio Supreme Court to decide the issue. Listen to a discussion with the attorney who is handling the case.