Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

Developments this week in two mega-mergers are raising questions about what the Trump administration’s approach to corporate mergers.  T-Mobile and Sprint announced plans to merge after similar plans were benched in 2014 over concerns the Obama administration would oppose the merger.  And closing arguments were held in the Justice Department’s antitrust trial seeking to block the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger.

 

Mark Ostrau, head of the antitrust group with Fenwick & West discusses what may lie ahead for anti-trust in the Trump administration.

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Marijuana use is now legal in dozens of states.  But laws vary considerably.  Is it medicinal use?  Recreational?  Do federal laws still take precedence?  What are employers’ rights to screen to marijuana use?  What are employees’ rights in jurisdictions where marijuana use is legal?

 

Elizabeth Levine with Ghoulston & Storrs’ labor & employment practice provides some guidance through the hazy legal landscape for employers.       

 

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Geoff Goldberg, Manager of Contract Express Service and Support for Thomson Reuters, recently moderated a panel about document automation hosted by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute at Legalweek 2018 in New York. Titled “Document Automation – Workflow Strategies for Competitive firms”, Goldberg and panelists discussed how firms can use document automation to meet client expectations for more innovative practices and greater efficiency; all with the end goals to provide higher-quality service at a lower cost and in less time. In this podcast conversation with Legal Current, Goldberg provides a big-picture overview of why document drafting is so critical to the value proposition of all law firms and how the automation of that process is becoming a bigger competitive advantage in the changing legal landscape

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have far-reaching implications on law enforcement’s ability to access digital records.

In US v.  Microsoft, the tech giant is challenging a US search warrant involving data stored in servers located in Ireland.  The case poses major questions over data access in the Internet age. 

The case hinges on the Stored Communications Act, which was passed in 1986, long before the explosion  of emails and the Internet. 

The government argues that access to records stored by US companies overseas is vital as evidence for criminal cases such as terrorism, child pornography and fraud.

 

Michael Whitener of VLP Law Group discusses the implications of the case. 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

The Supreme Court, in deciding Christie v. NCAA, could open the door for legalized sports gambling across the U.S.  What are the odds?  What would be the impact on professional sports?

Glen Rothstein of Rothstein Law tackles the issue

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As Congress continues its budget negotiations, concerns are rising about the potential  on federal support of legal aid for people with low incomes, seniors, people with disabilities, and others who lack ready access to legal services. 

In this episode of For Public Consumption, Sharon Sayles-Belton, vice president of Government Affairs for Thomson Reuters, talks with Drew Schaffer, executive director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

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Frederic Block is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, a musician, and a noted author.

His first book, Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, provides aunique  behind the bench look at some of the controversial cases Judge Block handled over his 23 years on the federal bench in Brooklyn. includiing the Crown Heights riots and the trial of Peter Gotti of the Gambino crime family.

His new book, Race to Judgment is a "reality-fiction" debut novel loosely based on a number of high-profile cases handled by Judge Block

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

President Trump signed more executive orders in his first 100 days in office than any US President since World War II.  

Ronald D. Rotunda, a U.S. legal scholar and professor of law at Chapman University School of Law, discusses the history of Presidential executive orders.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:04am EDT

Aging corporate boards are getting lessons on how to foster the next generation of directors. Younger directors remain rare but they’re increasingly in demand for their skills and perspectives on topics such as cybersecurity, e-commerce and marketing to millennials. They can also bring diversity to otherwise “pale, male and stale” boardrooms. The next generation of board leaders say too many boards lack effective on-boarding practices for new members. 


What are best practices for bridging the gap between aging boards and the younger generation that brings new, fresh ideas?

 

Dave Lynn -- Co-Chair of Jenner & Block¹s Securities Practice – dicsusses.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Free wi-fi is widely available and tempting to use, especially when traveling.  Hotels, airports, coffee shops, even NYC subway stations provide it. 

But the dangers of public wi-fi are many-fold.  Not only are they hunting grounds for hackers, but a new report from security firm FireEye claims a Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, used hotel Wi-Fi networks to spy on high-value guests.

While use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can safeguard against unsafe wi-fi networks, recent bans of VPNs by Russia and China further complicate matters. 

Bob Braun with Jeffer Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, says when using any public wi-fi, you are inherently at risk.

 

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