How a client acts in the courtroom can have a profound effect on the outcome, but convincing clients to behave can be quite a challenge. In this edition of the Legal Toolkit podcast from Legal Talk Network, host Jared Correia talks to Massachusetts attorney Alan Fanger about how lawyers can improve their client’s performance in court. They discuss how current tactics can often fail, as well as why it’s important to explain the process thoroughly.
Attorney Brian Cuban, the brother of billionaire Mark Cuban, struggled with low self-esteem and depression, which in turn led to substance abuse and the destruction of his legal career. Cuban recalls how his lifelong struggle caused his life to spin out of control in his latest book, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow & Redemption. In this podcast from The Chicago Bar Association available at Legal Talk Network, Cuban offers advice on how lawyers struggling with the same issues can deal with their substance abuse.
A nonprofit group is asking 24 Oklahoma courts to stop sending defendants to a Christian drug rehabilitation center that forces them to attend church and work for free at a chicken plant. According to Reveal by The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Freedom From Religion Foundation says sending people to Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery violates religious liberties established by the First Amendment. Three men who were sent there have filed a class action lawsuit against the rehab center, claiming they were forced into slave labor by having to work in the chicken plant without getting paid. A podcast by the reporters who investigated the case is available here.