Practice in Place Podcast

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Practice in Place: Law and Justice Go Viral

A podcast examining how COVID-19 has affected law practice and procedures

Launched in spring 2020, Practice in Place: Law and Justice Go Viral asks the question: how does a profession governed by precedent respond to the unprecedented? 

The podcast investigates how the practice of law and the administration of justice have adapted under the abrupt constraints of the COVID-19 era, how that has affected how and whether we achieve justice, and how those changes and that experience might or should change the practice, the profession, and its procedures forever.

Practice in Place is produced by the University of Arizona Law Legal Writing Program and hosted by Professor Susan Salmon.



Episode 8 - John Dacey, Robert Craig, and Abolish Private Prisons
In this episode, Susie Salmon discusses COVID-19 in private prisons and interviews attorneys John Dacey and Robert Craig of Abolish Private Prisons about the lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections asserting that private prisons are unconstitutional.

Episode 7 - David Lat, founder of Above the Law
Professor Tessa Dysart interviews David Lat--lawyer, writer, and founder of the Above the Law website--about his personal battle with COVID-19, his recovery, and his insights on how the pandemic has affected and will continue to affect the practice of law, the courts, and the system.

Episode 6 - Nate Wade
Professor Salmon interviews Nate Wade from the Office of the Pima County Public Defender about being a criminal-defense attorney during the pandemic and efforts to reduce jail overcrowding.

Episode 5 - Gerald Sauer and Civil Litigation
Professor Diana Simon interviews Los Angeles civil litigator Gerald Sauer about how the pandemic has impacted complex civil litigation.

Episode 4 - Sean Marotta and Raffi Melkonian and #AppellateTwitter
Professor Dysart interviews appellate practitioners and active participants in #AppellateTwitter, Sean Marotta and Raffi Melkonian, about how the pandemic has impacted their practices, how they've adapted to the challenges, and how they think appellate practice will change forever in the "new normal" of post-pandemic life.

Episode 3 - Stacy Butler and Innovation for Justice
Professor Salmon talks to Professor Stacy Butler about the Innovation for Justice (I4J) Program, designed to train law students to think creatively about how to engineer disruptive change in the legal system and take steps to address the justice gap through technology and other innovations. 

Episode 2 - Paul Bennett and the Child and Family Law Clinic
Professor Susie Salmon interviews UArizona Law Professor Paul Bennett about the challenges of representing a child in dependency proceedings when you can't meet in person. 

Episode 1 - Judge Laine McDonald
Professor Sylvia Lett interviews Judge Laine McDonald of the Municipal Court for the Town of Marana, Arizona regarding how her court has adapted to continue to serve the public under the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 crisis.