Podcast Episodes


Episode One: Free Speech on College Campuses

Let's first amend our minds with the basics of Constitutional Law (and more specifically our First Amendment) and navigate why freedom of speech is crucial to America and all of its people which include students, faculty, and invited speakers on campuses across America. With protests turning violent on campuses in recent years, we explore free speech specifically on college campuses weighing the interests of different parties and exploring possible balances. Co-hosts Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel and Chase Turrentine help navigate these waters in the form of a socratic discussion with experts Dr. Stefanie Lindquist (Deputy Provost of Arizona State University) and Dr. Joseph Russomanno (Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor and Adjunct Professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law) who are experts on Constitutional Law.

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Episode Two: eSports Business & Law

The topic decision for episode two was an easy one, since we took a panel on eSports at Phoenix Comic Fest this year, the timing worked in our favor to do an episode navigating the eSports arena. Questions explored in this episode seek to guide investors and gamers (pro and amateur) and work in conjunction with our hour long eSports panel (both recorded within an hour of each other and meant to be listened to one after the other.) Because we recorded this episode 45 minutes before our panel at PCF, this was an impromptu recording, recorded outside our studio and required phoning in one of our interviewees, Harris Peskin, from New York. Thank you to our guests Harris Peskin and Cisco Maldonado for their time and expertise. Harris offers his expertise as one of the nation's leading eSports lawyers and Cisco offers his perspective as an eSports investor. Co-hosts for this episode were Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel, Andrew Thiery, and Dominic Kearns.

Episode Three: Disposition of Frozen Embryos in Divorce Proceedings in Arizona

With the rapid growth of technology affecting every aspect of our life, Courts and legislators are routinely tasked with the challenge of how to apply existing law to new technologies, while balancing delicate positions relating to privacy, life, choice, and legal responsibility. This episode explores two angles of the controversial new bill passed in Arizona that mandates who will receive frozen embryos in the event of divorce. For this episode, co-host Chase Turrentine is joined by Angelica Simpson and Gary Marchant. 

Episode Four: Understanding the Music Modernization Act

In this episode we discuss the significance of the Music Modernization Act, a ground breaking bill for the music industry that made its way to the White House just this past week. The MMA has been described by many as the first piece of legislation in decades to offer fair play to musicians. Not only has the MMA found common ground between opposing interests in the music industry, but it has also earned the support of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. A lot of work has been put into this bill, with an extensive history leading up to it. We are joined by Steven Marks, chief of digital business and general counsel at The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) who kindly gave us his time to further analyze this bill for us all to better understand what it means for the music industry and why you should know about it.

Episode Five: The American Judicial System

In this episode we discuss the Arizona state courts, with co-hosts Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel and Charles Calleros who interviewed guests Judge Janet Barton who is the presiding judge for the Arizona Superior Court for Maricopa County and Justice Ruth McGregor (Ret.) of the Arizona Supreme Court. In this hour long episode, you'll be hearing from two judges on the life of being a judge and what that means exactly from challenges, to responsibilities, to being human. Americans and people around the globe in recent years have especially been interested in the American Judicial System and this episode seeks to bring the people closer to the system by learning further about that system from two judges who continue to dedicate themselves to public service.

Episode Six: The American Judicial System Part II

Catch part two of the American Judicial System with co-hosts Amena, a recent law graduate, and Charles, a law professor at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Judge Janet Barton, who is the presiding judge for the Arizona Superior Court for Maricopa County, and retired Justice Ruth McGregor of the Arizona Supreme Court return as guests. This episode offers you a candid conversation between two judges who explore different topics such as the jury, how judges communicate with one another, trends in American courts, technology, self-represented litigants, and paralegals. Enjoy!

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Episode Seven: For-Profit Incarceration and the U.S. Constitution

Co-hosts Amena Kheshtchin and Herbert Paine interview John Dacey, who is Founder and Executive Director of Abolish Private Prisons and Robert Craig, Staff Attorney at Abolish Private Prisons. In this episode, we interview John and Robert on the privatization of prisons and the two of them discuss how private prisons violate U.S. Constitution. They are determined to have their day in court before the U.S. Supreme Court to abolish for-profit incarceration.

Episode Eight: The Federal System and Criminal Justice

We partnered with the Academy for Justice at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law for this episode, with guest co-host ASU Law Professor Erik Luna and Executive Director at the Academy for Justice, Dawn Walton. Through the Academy for Justice, our guests for this episode are Sixth Circuit Judge John Nalbandian and Dr. John Baker. Throughout the interview, we focus on discussing the federalist papers and criminal justice reform.

Episode Nine: David Boies on Alternative Dispute Resolution

We partnered with Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Professors Art Hinshaw and the Honorable Judge Bruce E. Meyerson (Ret.) through the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center and Meyerson’s ADR lecture series to bring you the ninth episode of our podcast featuring guest David Boies. Art and Bruce co-hosted with Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel. Boies is considered one of America’s greatest lawyers of all time. He has a history of dealing with the nation’s biggest cases that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court: Westmoreland v. CBS, the landmark First Amendment case; United States v. Microsoft, on behalf of the federal government; Bush v. Gore; and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the effort to legalize gay marriage. The list goes on. In this interview, Boies specifically discusses the importance of ADR and the cases he is currently working on. Enjoy!

Episode Ten: The WGA-ATA Standoff: WGA Solidarity and What it Means

This month’s episode covers Writers Guild of America and the #WGAStaffingBoost #WGASolidarityChallenge and navigates the legal battle between WGA and ATA which made headlines earlier this month. Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel interviewed WGA writers Liz Alper and Greg Bernstein. Liz Alper is a driving force behind the movement on Twitter, where she's graciously spent her time keeping track of writers recommended by upper level writers for staffing season. Greg Bernstein is a lawyer who is also a film screenwriter, and his film "Official Secrets" premiered at Sundance and will hit the theaters in August. LaToya Morgan and Javi grillo-marxuach started these hashtag movements on Twitter which encouraged writers to begin supporting each other openly and actively on Twitter.