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How to Help Veterans

Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Podcast

With two wars winding down, there are great efforts in the legal community to help returning troops, their families and all other veterans with the many legal issues they face back home.  Please join me and my fellow Lawyer2Lawyer co-host and attorney, Bob Ambrogi, as we hear from Attorney Nan Heald, the Executive Director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Jim Strickland, a nationally recognized expert on disability benefits, to discuss their personal missions to assist our service members with disability benefits and the Service Members Civil Relief Act.  They also talk about the role of the VA and how lawyers can help these brave men and women who serve our country.



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Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 09:28. Comments Closed (0) |

The Legal Battle Against Drunk Driving

Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio

The fight against drunk driving has been going on for more than a century.  On this week's Lawyer2Lawyer, please join my co-host Bob Ambrogi as he welcomes Atlanta DUI Defense Attorney, George Stein and the author of One for the Road: Drunk Driving since 1900, Dr. Barron Lerner of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, for an in-depth discussion on the history, laws, initiatives, and successes and failures surrounding drunk driving.



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Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 17:11. Comments Closed (0) |

The Impact Of Budget Cuts On The Court System

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With court closings, dismissal of cases, and giant backlogs, the American court system is in crisis.  In this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, please join me and my fellow co-host and attorney, Bob Ambrogi, as we are joined by Attorney Laura Abel from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Attorney Stephen N. Zack, former President of the American Bar Association, to take a look at the impact of massive budget cuts on our courts, the cases, the staff and just how long this shortfall will all last.



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Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 14:00. Comments Closed (0) |

The Penn State Football Scandal

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With former defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky accused of raping children and university officials charged with covering up the crimes,  the Penn State child sex abuse scandal raises countless legal questions.  Could the university be held liable? Could other university officials, including legendary coach Joe Paterno face criminal charges? What laws need to be changed to prevent this from happening again? In this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, please join me and my fellow co-host and attorney, Bob Ambrogi, along with Professor Marci Hamilton of the Cardozo School of Law and Attorney Philip Masorti, Senior Partner at Masorti-Sullivan P.C. discuss the complexities of this growing scandal.



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Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 13:31. Comments Closed (0) |

The Case Against Mob Boss Whitey Bulger

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One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted and infamous Boston gangster, James "Whitey" Bulger, has been captured.  Now the epic legal case begins. Please join me and my guests, F. Lee Bailey, famed defense attorney and best-selling author, Dan Rea, long-time TV and radio journalist and lawyer from Boston and David E. Frank, Managing Editor of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper, to get inside this incredible story and unfolding legal case.  We discuss the prosecution's case against 81-year old Whitey Bulger and his long-time girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who eluded capture for more than 16 years, as well as the type of defense we should expect to see and the ultimate fate of the notorious crime boss.  Give a click on the podcast icon below and hear all about this fascinating story.



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Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 14:31. Comments Closed (0) |

Sheyanne's Blog

The Breast Cancer Journal

My dear friend and fellow lawyer Sheyanne has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She's 31 - a year younger than my daughter.  Think about that for a minute.  31 years old and you hear the words, "breast cancer" and "sorry" come out of your doctor's mouth.  Not just the kind that is in your breast, but now has also spread to your lymph nodes.  Our firm is rallying around her, keeping in touch with her as she goes through this process and sending her care packages once a week.

But it's not enough.  She's going to have to reach deep down inside her character and pull up some fortitude to get through this process.  She's got a great head on her shoulders and one of the most confident lawyers I know.  She will be able to do this. 

Over the last year, my fiance has lost 12 friends to cancer.  Twelve.  That's a startling number for one person to deal with.  But if you're Sheyanne, you're dealing with it every moment of your life.  What do you do?

As part of her process to deal with her breast cancer, she's started a blog she calls Sheyanne's Blog.  Journaling helps understand what your're dealing with and what you've gone through. 

If you've been touched by someone with breast cancer or just want to support someone who is, give her blog a look.  She'll appreciate your support.



Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 09:24. Comments Closed (0) |

Now Avvocating Doctors...See Unabashed Ratings Of Your Doctor

Over 800,000 doctor profiles are featured on Avvo - Find a Doctor, the website most known for rating lawyers.*  You might be thinking, "Did he just say doctors?"  The answer is a resounding "yes."  Avvo jumped in to this corner of the Internet with a pool-emptying cannonball at the doctor-ratings country club.  When Avvo first launched its lawyer ratings system in June 2007, there were all sorts of over-tanned "pay-to-play" websites lounging poolside, and Avvo has been shaking things up ever since.

Now that everyone's all wet, here are the highlights:     

•·         Doctor Ratings Directory:  Front and center is the directory.  Avvo's doctor ratings directory cover all 50 states and include numerical Avvo Ratings for 90% of the doctors in the U.S.  The profiles include board certification, education, residencies, fellowships, misconduct, etc.  Avvo was able to provide such a large number of profiles because doctor information is (usually) more accessible than lawyer information from state regulating agencies.  In each profile, the Avvo Rating is paired by patient reviews and peer reviews.  You can visit the site and even rate your own doctor. 

•·         Health Q&A:  Like Avvo's industry-leading Legal Q&A, Avvo features a health-oriented Q&A forum where all of you can ask your medical questions - anonymously if need be - and have real doctors answer them.  It will take some time to get this flywheel spinning; but ask your questions and let Avvo know about your experience.  The Health Q&A is pre-loaded with roughly 500 questions already answered from doctors at the University of Washington and University of Michigan.

•·         Health Guides:   These are plain English guides regarding all sorts of health issues.  Avvo started with roughly 500 Health Guides covering all sorts of topics, and has steadily increased its offering.  You will notice an initial  focus on Skin & Beauty, howver, because that's an area that attracts a lot of attention.

While you're poking around Avvo, don't forget to check out Mark's Avvo Blog. Avvo also features a NakedHealth Blog that has subscriptions available. It has the same editorial bent as Avvo's NakedLaw Blog which gets a lot of traffic, since it is full of interesting legal/social observations rather than simple Avvo shilling (which Mark already does too much of on the Avvo Blog, so hopefully he'll get the message).

This offering is the "Yelp of professional services."  As many of you already know, that is Avvo's dream:  a free website that is a consumer-centric, transparent marketplace for licensed professionals and their advice.  No one is attacking this space in a meaningful way right now, so Avvo has made a big splash.  As a final note, every one of you knows many doctors.  In fact, some of you are doctors.  If so, then go claim your profile.  Otherwise, rate your doctor!

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*  Full disclosure here:  I am a member of Avvo's Advisory Board and as a consequence hold some stock options in the company, so this post can't be entirely neutral.  I am also a good friend of Mark Britton, the President of Avvo.  Finally, I hold a 10 out of 10 rating as a lawyer on Avvo, but that rating was given to me by Avvo before I got to know Mark and got on the Board, so that rating is legitimate (and no, I have no idea of the secret Coca-Cola formula or the Avvo algorithm that creates the rating for both lawyers and doctors (although I suspect the two are entirely different).  So there you go.  Read the above with all of that in mind - but if you're looking for a lawyer or a doctor, there's no better place to look. 



Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 15:34. Comments Closed (0) |

The Legal Issues Surrounding Pharmacy Errors

Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Podcast

Recently a young woman, Mareena Silva, was mistakenly given the wrong medication intended for another customer, Maria Silva, at a Safeway pharmacy in Colorado.  Please join me and my fellow attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi as we welcome Attorney Chad Cook, a member of the Mass Torts Section at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. and Dr. Shannon J. Johnson, a pharmacist with PharmDmand, a private pharmacy-consulting firm, to take a look at this incident and pharmacy errors. We talk about the legal issues pharmacies can face due to prescription errors and pharmacy misfills, get a pharmacist's perspective and discuss how these errors can be prevented.



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Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 09:22. Comments Closed (0) |



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