Gloves Off: A Legal Podcast is hosted by award-winning personal injury attorney Ven Johnson and award-winning journalist and attorney Charlie Langton. We provide raw commentary and insight around some of the most-talked about legal issues & news stories happening in real time. Subscribe via your favorite streaming platform to catch every episode.
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Ep. 18 Flint Water Crisis: When the Gov't Values Profits Over People
Attorney Ven Johnson and legal analyst Charlie Langton interviewed former Flint reporter Drew Moore, who was in and out of the courtroom and speaking with Flint residents during the height of the Flint Water Crisis.
Episode 18 of “Gloves Off” dives into how the state of Michigan putting profits over people led to the poisoning of thousands in Flint, and how city residents brought these issues to light – not the media. Ven, Charlie and Drew discuss why the evidence should be made public – criticizing the use of a grand jury for the most recent charges.
Ep. 17 Is it a Crime to Neglect a City? The Flint Water Crisis with Young Activist Mari Copeny
In this episode, Ven speaks with Mari Copeny, also known as “Little Miss Flint” about the Flint Water Crisis.
The 13-year-old activist talks about the social injustices sparked by elected city officials six years ago, who neglected to treat water coming from the Flint River. This ultimately caused lead to be leached from old pipes, poisoning thousands of Flint residents and causing a widespread outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.
Mari opened up about how the Flint Water Crisis impacted her own family, reacted to the recent charges against former Governor Rick Snyder, and spoke on where the city stands now. She spoke about her social media platform and how she’s using her voice to give people the help they need in the form of water filters, backpacks, toys, tablets and more.
To help with Mari’s efforts or to learn more about how she is helping her city, visit www.maricopeny.com
Ep. 16 Trauma and Its Impact on the Law
An unfortunate reality is that trauma and the law go hand in hand.
As personal injury is a major part of our practice, Ven invited Dr. James Zender, a psychologist, to join the Gloves Off podcast to discuss the impact of trauma as it relates to chronic pain, the loss of a loved one, the aftermath of sexual assault and/or domestic violence and more, and how these cases are often treated by juries.
Dr. Zender explains how trauma specifically caused by a vehicle crash, described as Vehicular Trauma Syndrome, can impact someone’s ability to work, care for family members, pursue passions and live a normal life.
Check out Dr. Zender's Psychology Today article about How Personal Injury Attorneys View Trauma:
Learn more about Dr. Zender's work www.DrJamesZender.com
Ep. 15 Good Riddance 2020: Challenges & Silver Linings
For Ven Johnson Law, 2020 was a year of challenges and opportunities. The firm took on high-profile civil rights cases, represented victims of one of the most catastrophic floods in Michigan history, stood up for children and parents who were used as political propaganda by President Donald Trump and launched a podcast hosted by Ven and award-winning reporter and attorney Charlie Langton.
While the pandemic wreaked havoc on all businesses and industries, our firm continued to grow as we added six new team members to expand our capabilities to better serve our clients.
In episode 15, Ven and Eri dissect 2020 and share what’s in store for 2021. This is one you won’t want to miss.
Ep. 14 Traumatic Brain Injury & Michigan's No-Fault Act
In this episode, Ven speaks with Tom Constand, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI).
Ven and Tom discuss traumatic brain injury education, the services and care available for survivors, the barriers a significant percentage of families face in accessing these services and the impact of Michigan's No-Fault Act.
Tom also dives into the extensive array of services that BIAMI offers, such as support groups, legal resources, social service advocacy support, and education. The impact of a TBI ranges from significant mobility issues to suffering from anxiety and depression. As Ven and Tom discuss, even the "mildest" of brain injury symptoms can create catastrophic changes to one's quality of life.
Learn more about the Brain Injury Association of Michigan at www.BIAMI.org.
Ep. 13 Trump Election Lawsuits: Complete BS or of Substance?
This episode is for all those who've been wanting an in-depth & comprehensive breakdown of the Trump Election Lawsuits!
In this episode, Ven Johnson and constitutional law expert Judge Christopher Yates, of Kent County’s 17th Circuit Court, break down the Donald J. Trump election lawsuits.
Ven and Judge Yates discuss the basics of constitutional election law with a focus on Michigan and how our laws differ from other states. Judge Yates also reviews the various Michigan and federal lawsuits filed by President Trump and explains the judges’ rulings and why certification of the election results took so long.
Tune in to this in-depth episode, and don’t forget to subscribe. #venfights
Informative and fun, the perfect one-two punch!
I’m not in the law field but still throughly enjoy listening and learning from some of the best in their industry.
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Love the topics discussed! Ven and the guests really seem to have good chemistry which leads to awesome discussions! Subscribed!
Love the dynamic between these two - very easy to listen to. Will definitely be tuning into the rest of the series!