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Last January, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can begin implementing its expanded “public charge” rule, which could systematically deny green cards to low-income immigrants. 

CalMatters.org

It’s a new year and that means new laws are on the books in California. And they are varied, dealing with everything from rent control, to maternity health, from police use of force, to online privacy.

Philosophy Talk: Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

Dec 6, 2019

Can we trust an algorithm to make morally responsible driving decisions?


Philosophy Talk: Nonhuman Rights

Nov 22, 2019

If humans have human rights because they’re persons, are there some nonhumans who are also persons with nonhuman rights?


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Chesa Boudin was elected San Francisco District Attorney earlier this month. But before taking that job, he was a public defender, and he learned how damaging it can be when people aren’t assigned lawyers right away. He founded the Pretrial Release Unit to bring public defenders to people faster.

Philosophy Talk: Sanctuary Cities

Nov 19, 2019

What rights should undocumented immigrants have?


Philosophy Talk: The Limits of Medical Consent

Oct 25, 2019

Who has the right to decide my own medical treatment other than me?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: Reshaping the Gig Economy

Oct 9, 2019

  Presented in conjunction with the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, a show so big it takes two hosts!

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After Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento police last year, state lawmakers proposed a bill to change the law around when officers can open fire. Activists rallied behind the bill. But when strictest stipulations of the bill were removed to win over law enforcement groups, some withdrew their support. Assembly Bill 392 has now passed the Senate Floor, and California's Governor is expected to sign it. 

Courtesy of Haben Girma

Haben Girma is a 31-year-old lawyer from Oakland. In 2013, she was named a Champion of Change by President Obama. In 2016, she was listed in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30, and it’s all because of her work in the disability community.

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Longtime San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi was memorialized at City Hall and during a vigil last week. He died on February 22 of what appears to be a heart attack. He fought to bring accountability to law enforcement and representation to the accused. 

Philosophy Talk: Altered States

Mar 1, 2019

Can mind-altering drugs expand our consciousness and provide meaningful insight, or are they nothing more than a route to empty delirium?


Public Domain

When people migrate to the US, they have to deal with lots and lots of paperwork, to be able to live and work in the country. When you’re here and you’re petitioning for your spouse or children to join you from another country, it’s even more paperwork. It can get confusing and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know English.

Is whistleblowing a matter of duty, or a matter of choice?



Philosophy Talk: When Democracies Torture

Nov 28, 2017

What's wrong with a little torture between sworn enemies?


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Do we really need to be governed by a formal state, or is that merely something the state has convinced us we need?

Philosophy Talk: Racial Profiling and Implicit Bias

Jun 27, 2017

Is it human nature to react to new objects on the basis of visible traits and past experiences?


Philosophy Talk: Do religions deserve special status?

Sep 9, 2016
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What special status, if any, should religion have in the eyes of the law? 


Philosophy Talk asks about Freedom and Free Enterprise

Feb 5, 2016

Is America's embrace of the free-enterprise system a practical matter – an effective way of organizing resources and the distribution of goods – or does it rest on deeper principles? 


What is creative place-making? Plus, what it takes to become a judge--and run a courtroom. 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Jul 23, 2015
Treasure Island Development Authority

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news

City plans to transform Treasure Island with $50 million for public art // KQED

"In an art-themed version of the movie axiom, 'if you build it, they will come,' the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) hopes to draw locals and tourists alike to Treasure Island — and not just for its views.

The Spot: The Wolves & The Jellyfish

Dec 4, 2014
Molly Rambach

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

Living with Wolves” produced by Jason Albert, originally airing on Life of the Law, November 2014.

In one of their latest episodes, Life of the Law gets up close and personal with the federal government’s Endangered Species Act.

Recent advances in neuroscience have revealed that certain neurological disorders, like a brain tumor, can cause an otherwise normal person to behave in criminally deviant ways. Would knowing that an underlying neurological condition had caused criminal behavior change the way we assign moral responsibility and mete out justice? Should it? Is committing a crime with a "normal" biology fundamentally different from doing so with an identifiable brain disorder?

Your Legal Rights 3/12/2014

Mar 12, 2014

Tonight's program is a discussion of employment law regarding pre-employment inquiries.  What can and can't be asked by an employer in a job interview.  Chuck Finney's guests are employment law attorneys Thomas Lenz and Scott Stillman.

Juvenile Law issues.

Jun 10, 2013

Your Legal Rights considers Juvenile Law Issues.

Guests:  

Judge Eugene Hyman (retired) and Judge Kurt Kumli of the Santa Clara Co. Superior Court;
Deputy District Attorney LaRon Hogg Haught, Santa Clara Co.; and Greg Feldman, Deputy
Public Defender, San Francisco. 

Listener call-ins welcome beginning approximately 7:30: 415-841-4134. 

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Thomas Linzey, author of “Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Communityand Shannon Biggs, author of “The Rights of Nature.” How can communities defend themselves from corporate interests? Are local laws the answer? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How are you organizing for change in your community? And what changes would you like to see? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

 

 

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