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Criminal Law

The criminal justice system pits individuals against the government over alleged crimes against people, property, and society. Representatives on both sides consider the facts, the law, and whether they can persuade a judge or jury.

Episode #50
August 10, 2020

How Prosecution Can Be Like a Mathematical Formula

Jon Holscher, a graduate of Drake Law School, prosecutes crime for a county in Iowa. While the facts differ among cases, they must all add up to the elements of a crime to get a conviction.
Episode #45
May 6, 2019

A Lawyer for Tourists in Trouble

Alan Fowler, a graduate of Mercer University School of Law, primarily represents tourists who got into trouble while on vacation. He talks about finding clients, their urgency in resolving their legal trouble, and how he learns about what they really want.
Episode #43
April 22, 2019

State Public Defender: The Complexities of Criminal Defense

Alisha Backus, a graduate of Barry University School of Law, has an inspiring passion for her work representing people accused of crimes. When she was younger, she experienced the ugly side of our justice system as a victim of domestic violence. While this understandably causes others to choose a different path, it helps her suss out reliable information from not only victims, but her clients as well.
Episode #40
May 23, 2016

Federal Criminal Defense: Representing Indigent Clients

Candace Hom, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, explains her role in the criminal justice system. She also talks about how she builds trust with her clients, the various legal roles within the federal public defender office, and the challenges of dealing with prosecutors—even the good ones.
Episode #36
March 20, 2016

Criminal Defense: The Business Side of Being a Lawyer

Matt Swain, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, started his own criminal defense practice in a college town 20 miles outside of Oklahoma City immediately after graduation. In this episode, Matt describes the importance of understanding your business inside and out and the techniques he uses that ultimately make him more efficient and more likely to notice opportunities that help his clients move forward with their lives.
Episode #16
June 8, 2015

Prosecuting Federal Drug Laws

Mike Hunter, a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In this episode, he details his role in the criminal justice system. From Fourth Amendment advice for federal agents making a bust to deciding which cases to take, when to seek indictments, and who to make plea agreements with, Mike tells us how he makes choices in pursuit of justice.
Episode #14
May 18, 2015

Criminal Pleas, Fees, and Justice

Jessica Burke, a graduate of Washington & Lee College of Law, details her role in the criminal justice system as a criminal defense lawyer. From her approach to plea bargaining to her philosophy on fee arrangements, her choices underscore the importance of letting clients make informed choices about their future. Jessica also shares how expanding the geography she covers, rather than the scope of practice, allowed her firm to grow in a saturated legal market.
Episode #4
January 26, 2015

Representing Alleged Criminals Who Can't Afford a Lawyer

Laurie Landsittel, a graduate of the University of Georgia Law, gives us valuable insight into the day-to-day duties of public defenders. Laurie shares some of her personal experiences, such as her biggest challenges representing defendants who committed serious crimes, as well as the time when she helped a teenage girl get out of jail and back on her feet.