Ken Screven, the first African-American television reporter and news anchor in Albany, discusses encountering racism as he joined WRGB, his insistence on relating the humanity and heart behind the news and how the art and craft of reporting is succumbing to the demands of the market-driven news cycle.
Alicia Ouellette, dean of Albany Law School, talks with David about how law school curriculum must move in parallel with the changing the practice of law, the JD advantage and how the best predictor of students’ success isn’t their LSATs – it’s their passion and commitment.
Baxter, NYSBA’s general counsel, and Cardona, an intellectual property attorney, talk with David about turning 1830s townhouses into modern office space, Albany’s rich history, and where in Albany you might have a chance of seeing a ghost.
Kathy Suchocki is NYSBA’s senior director of Continuing Legal Education and Law Practice Management. When she isn’t busy with her day job, she takes her seat several times a month on the bench of the Town Justice Court in Halfmoon, NY, to adjudicate a wide range of matters.
Hank Greenberg, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and president-elect of the New York State Bar Association, takes the past very seriously. He talks to David about the 1920 New York State Legislature’s refusal to seat five duly elected Socialist party members, the reaction of the organized bar and the lessons it holds for today.
T. Andrew Brown, managing partner at Brown Hutchinson LLP, has a passion for education. He talks to David about his work as Vice Chancellor of the SUNY Board of Regents and how access to a good education is the basis for life’s opportunities.
Michael Miller, a solo practitioner in the area of trusts and estates and president of the New York State Bar Association, talks about supervising elections in Bosnia, just nine months after the war’s end in 1995. Amid the ruins and casualties of war, and despite persistent rain, Bosnians stood for hours proud and eager to vote in a democratic election.
Richard Hartunian, now a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, served 20 years in the Justice Department, including nearly eight as US Attorney for the Northern District of New York. He discusses how Supreme Court rulings in Skilling and McDonnell have changed the way we prosecute corruption, the strategies of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the transition from public servant to private practice.
Sharon Stern Gerstman, of counsel at Magavern Magavern Grimm, discusses “zero tolerance” disciplinary policies in schools and how they can criminalize even minor infractions. She sees hope in student-led youth courts and the trend toward restorative justice.