From COVID-19 and civil unrest to climate change, the election and beyond, explore the legal and policy challenges capturing the public interest. WilmerHale Partners John Walsh, a former Colorado United States Attorney, and Brendan McGuire, a former Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, provide a front-row seat to the events making headlines. In each episode, they’ll pass the mic to those with unique perspectives on the most challenging issues of the day.
Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian on His Iranian Imprisonment
WilmerHale Partner David Bowker talks with Jason Rezaian, a journalist with The Washington Post and the paper’s former Tehran bureau chief who was wrongfully charged and convicted by the Iranian government on false claims of espionage. While imprisoned in Iran for 544 days, Jason was repeatedly tortured for information that he clearly did not possess. David, along with a WilmerHale team that included Ambassador Robert Kimmitt, helped obtain Jason’s release and developed a legal strategy that resulted in a $180 million judgment against the government of Iran, including $30 million in compensatory damages for Jason and his family and $150 million in punitive damages. Jason speaks about:
- his life in Iran before his imprisonment
- his arrest and captivity
- his sham Iranian trial
- the extraordinary efforts that led to his eventual release
- bringing the civil case against Iran
- the current state of affairs between the US and Iran
Pepe the Frog
WilmerHale Partner Louis Tompros and Counsel Stephanie Lin discuss the Pepe the Frog copyright infringement case with host John Walsh. Louis, Stephanie and a team from WilmerHale assisted Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, with enforcing his intellectual property rights to end the misappropriation of Pepe by alt-right entities. Louis and Stephanie discuss the legal actions brought on behalf of Furie, and his efforts to reclaim his work. The interview also highlights the challenges of “memeification” and how it applies to copyright protection.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Policing Reform
US Commission on Civil Rights Commissioner and WilmerHale Partner Debo Adegbile and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot discuss the US Conference of Mayors’ blueprint for improving policing and promoting equal justice in America’s cities. The interview highlights the challenges of balancing the need to ensure public safety with crafting necessary reforms that protect people’s civil rights. They discuss the polarizing concept of defunding the police, the impact of COVID-19 on public safety, the importance of mayors having a seat at the table for city policymaking, and the critical responsibility of both police departments and communities in ensuring peace.
In the Public Interest launches December 8!
From COVID-19 and civil unrest to climate change, the election and beyond, In the Public Interest explores the legal and policy challenges capturing the public interest. WilmerHale law firm partners John Walsh, a former Colorado United States Attorney, and Brendan McGuire, a former Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, provide a front-row seat to the events making headlines. In each episode, they’ll pass the mic to those with unique perspectives on the most challenging issues of the day.
Listen to the Trailer episode and subscribe today. Join us for our first episode, a discussion between Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and WilmerHale Partner Debo Adegbile, available December 8 wherever you listen to your podcasts.
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Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian on his Iranian Imprisonment
Amazing podcast! Thank you Wilmerhale!