Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.
Pro Say Movie Club - My Cousin Vinny
On this week’s episode of the Pro Say Movie Club, we comb our hair, put on our suits made out of some kind of cloth, and journey to the south with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the venerable 1992 legal comedy “My Cousin Vinny.” Pesci plays Vincent Gambini, a sharp but inexperienced New York attorney who’s way out of his element defending two “yutes” accused of murdering a store clerk in a small Alabama town. With the help of girlfriend Mona Lisa Vito’s automotive prowess, and some magic grits, Gambini slowly learns to navigate the courtroom and ends up giving a masterclass in cross-examination. We’ll break down all the scenes and discuss why it’s been heralded as one of cinema’s most accurate trial depictions.
Ep. 210: New York’s Weed Law Aims For A True Clean Slate
Earlier this year, New York joined the growing list of states to legalize recreational marijuana. But the Empire State’s law goes a step further by automatically expunging hundreds of thousands of cannabis-related criminal convictions, offering a clean slate to those hampered by aggressive enforcement in the past. Law360 reporter Marco Poggio joins the show this week to break down the impact of this provision, the challenges that lie ahead, and the likelihood of other states following New York’s lead. Also this week: intrigue in Florida where a federal judge ordered a new trial after learning government prosecutors had deliberately spied on defense strategy meetings; and a huge jury award for a former Walmart employee fired after the company refused to accommodate her disability.
Pro Say Movie Club - A Few Good Men
In the Pro Say Movie Club it is our code built on honor and respect for the chain of command to carefully break down outrageous courtroom showdowns in legal cinema. That’s why this week we’re talking about "A Few Good Men," the gripping 1992 drama featuring Tom Cruise as a cocky young Navy lawyer who prides himself on never seeing the inside of a courtroom, until he finds purpose in defending two marines accused of murder. Cruise faces off with Jack Nicholson in one of the most iconic trial confrontations in movie history. We discuss just how accurate that witness examination really is, some of our favorite scenes from the movie, and whether we can, in fact, handle the truth.
Ep. 209: Guardianship Abuse Goes Way Beyond Britney
Britney Spears’ battle against a guardianship that she says is unwarranted and abusive is a high-profile case, but it is far from the only one questioning the legal mechanism that can strip people of their rights to basic self-determination. On this week’s episode we talk with Law360 features reporter Cara Bayles about just what’s going on with the guardianship system. Also this week: Joe Exotic, the eccentric Oklahoma zookeeper at the center of Netflix’s hit documentary ‘Tiger King,’ wins an appeal following his criminal trial; actor Justin Theroux notches a victory in a long-running and dramatic property dispute with his attorney neighbor; and a Wisconsin state judge gets dinged for brandishing a firearm during a court proceeding.
Pro Say Movie Club - Legally Blonde
For the first episode of our new summer movie series, we’re watching the iconic 2001 law school comedy “Legally Blonde,” in which sorority queen Elle Woods conquers Harvard Law. What, like it’s hard? What begins as a scheme to win back her boyfriend turns into a journey of self-realization for Elle, who teaches us along the way that lawyers come in all forms, and that staying true to yourself is the key to unlocking your full potential. Or, put another way: You can wear pink and still be a successful attorney. We’ll break down our favorite scenes, what the movie got right or got wrong about the law and its lasting impact on the legal industry on this week’s episode.
Ep. 208: The Legal Fallout Of The Florida Condo Collapse
This week we’re discussing the legal dimensions of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium complex in Surfside, Florida. We unpack the litigation that has followed the disaster, the lawyers working the case pro bono, and the lessons to be learned that could help prevent future tragedies. Also this week, a wrap-up of the latest Supreme Court term with Law360 reporter Jimmy Hoover, and a Fifth Circuit ruling with big consequences for mandatory bar fees. Finally, stay tuned next week as we drop the first episode in our new summer legal movie series: The Pro Say Movie Club.
I rarely care enough to leave a review of anything but this podcast is great. The hosts are funny, smart, and and know what they are talking about. Would recommend to anyone interested in law!
Great legal news podcast
One of my favorite podcasts to listen to with a good balance of legal news and fun interactions between hosts. Highly recommended.
Super informative and entertaining!
I’m not a lawyer but have an interest in law. This crew does a great job of bringing you very interesting stories at an approachable, but still informative and in depth level. I look forward to this podcast every week!