Wagner and Winick On the LawAuthor: Mitchel Winick and Stephen Wagner, with Michael Cohen
30 Mar 2017

Wagner and Winick On the Law

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Wagner and Winick On the Law is the talk radio program for individuals interested in contemporary legal issues, social policy, and the protection of personal rights within our legal system. Co-hosted by law school President and Dean Mitchel Winick and law professor and trial attorney Stephen Wagner, the program features live interviews with lawyers, judges, business professionals, and policy experts discussing legal issues that affect our daily lives. Guest co-host law professor and attorney Michael Cohen adds an international law dimension in his bi-weekly program segment “International Crossroads”. As the hosts remind listeners every week, If you don’t know the law, know a lawyer!

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    US Trade Policy

    Join co-hosts Mitchel Winick, Stephen Wagner, and regular guest co-host Michael Cohen for an edition of "International Crossroads." The group will discuss the recent release of the Trump administration's 2017 US Trade Policy Agenda. The policy opens by saying, "The American people grew frustrated with our prior trade policy not because they have ceased to believe in free trade and open markets, but because they did not all see clear benefits from international trade agreements. Every action we take with respect to trade will be designed to increase our economic growth, promote job creation in the US, promote reciprocity with our trading partners, strengthen our manufacturing base and our ability to defend ourselves, and expand our agricultural and services industry exports." Michael Cohen, an experienced international attorney with clients located across the globe, will discuss the international business community's reaction to these and other Trump administration trade policies.

  • Posted on 23 Mar 2017

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    Is Gambling and Betting Legal in every State? Don't Bet on It!

    Are informal "office pools" and "score picking squares" legal? Are these activities covered under state and federal gambling laws? How about Internet gambling - is it legal in every state? What if I am gambling and betting on-line through a website that is located in a foreign country . . . is that legal? Don't bet on it! Join this week's program to hear these and other questions answered by gaming expert Christopher Soriano. Chris is a partner with the law firm Duane Morris LLP where he represents casinos, private, lottery companies, gaming technology manufacturers, and equipment suppliers.

  • Posted on 16 Mar 2017

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    What is the Secret Federal -FISA- Court and How Does it Protect Us?

    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established by Congress in 1978. The Court rules on the applications made by the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes. The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia. Judges typically sit for one week at a time, on a rotating basis.

  • Posted on 09 Mar 2017

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    Hate Crimes in America: What is the Law and How Does it Apply?

    The FBI investigated what are now called hate crimes as far back as World War I. However, the FBI's role increased following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Before then, the federal government took the position that protection of civil rights was a local function, not a federal one. A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. A hate crime is defined as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” However, it is important to remember that hate itself is not a crime and many words and actions are constitutionally protected as free speech. Listen to today's program to learn more about the definition, tracking, and prosecution of hate crimes in the US. Are incidents increasing? Or is reporting increasing? Is this primarily a criminal, or political issue?

  • Posted on 02 Mar 2017

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    Stopped at the Border: Search and Seizure of Cell Phones and Electronics

    It is no surprise that all persons, baggage, and merchandise arriving in, or departing from, the United States are subject to inspection, search and detention. However, did you know that your electronic device(s) can be detained for further examination, which may include copying. Did you know that customs agents can demand that you provide them with your passwords for your phone, computer, social media, Facebook pages, etc.? This is just as true for US citizens as it is for any other traveler. Tune in this week to learn more about your rights (or lack thereof) when you try to re-enter the U.S. after foreign travel. You WILL be surprised.

  • Posted on 23 Feb 2017

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