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Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

By D.C. Bar Communities Office
Listen in for exclusive interviews and conversations with D.C. Bar members and guests about hot topics!

To learn more about D.C. Bar Communities, join a community, and/or register for upcoming programs, visit www.dcbar.org/communities

Presented by the D.C. Bar Communities Podcast Network. Other network channels include "The Tea on International Arbitration" with the D.C. Bar International Law Community (anchor.fm/DCBarTea) and "Let's Brief It" with the D.C. Bar Law Student Community (anchor.fm/DCLSC).

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Key Legal Issues in Negotiating Book to Movie or Television Deals
Seasoned entertainment attorney Kirk T. Schroder of the Schroder Brooks Law Firm joins veteran film and television agent Richie Kern of Los Angeles in a discussion of the key legal and business issues of how books and other literary materials are made into movie and television productions. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
30:46
October 20, 2021
Making A Difference Part 3: A Conversation with EPA's Alejandra Nunez
In the third episode of a three-part series, Making A Difference: Inspirational Women Leaders in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy, D.C. Bar EENR Community Co-Chair Kathryn Caballero and Cathy Pagano of the Board of the Women's Bar of Association of DC interview Alejandra Nunez, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mobile Sources at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ale shares the important work of the Office of Air and Radiation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sources and minimize pollution in minority and low-income communities, her international career path, and advice for mentoring others focused on law and policy careers. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
22:05
October 6, 2021
Making A Difference Part 2: A Conversation with DOI's Tanya Trujillo 
In the second episode of a three-part series, Making A Difference: Inspirational Women Leaders in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy, D.C. Bar EENR Community Co-Chair Kathryn Caballero and Cathy Pagano of the Board of the Women's Bar of Association of DC interview Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the Department of the Interior. Tanya shares the work of the Bureau of Reclamation in addressing the western water crisis, how the interdisciplinary science of the US Geological Survey can minimize the impacts of climate change, her career path, and advice for those focused on public service careers. This episode is brought to you in part by the Clio Cloud Conference. Clio is the world’s leading cloud-based legal software platform that prides itself in simplifying operations, growing businesses, and allowing legal professionals like you to work remotely from anywhere. Let Clio focus on the business side of running your firm while you spend more time doing what you do best — practicing law. Learn more at www.clio.com. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
30:40
September 22, 2021
Making A Difference: A conversation with DOE's Amy Royden-Bloom
In the inaugural episode of a three-part series, Making A Difference: Inspirational Women Leaders in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy, D.C. Bar EENR Community Co-Chair Kathryn Caballero and Cathy Pagano of the Board of the Women's Bar of Association of D.C. interview Amy-Royden Bloom, acting Director of the Department of Energy's Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs. Amy shares the fascinating energy efficiency and climate change resilience work of the Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program, her career path, and advice for those seeking to enter this area of law and policy. This episode is brought to you in part by the Clio Cloud Conference. Clio is the world’s leading cloud-based legal software platform that prides itself in simplifying operations, growing businesses, and allowing legal professionals like you to work remotely from anywhere. Let Clio focus on the business side of running your firm while you spend more time doing what you do best — practicing law. Learn more at www.clio.com. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
28:25
September 8, 2021
Women at the Table: Legislative Collective Bridges Political Gender Gap
Learn about the D.C. Bar Communities’ newest initiative, the Legislative Women’s Collective: Unleashing the Political Power of Women Attorneys, a nonpartisan, virtual program designed to bridge the gender gap in politics by equipping women lawyers with the tools needed to run for local, state, or federal public office. LWC planning committee member Amrietha Nellan, Esq., joins Communities Staff Attorney Brittany Sims Nwankwoala to discuss why women attorneys in particular are well suited for political leadership and how the Collective can prepare and empower them for such roles.  To purchase the on demand recording of the Legislative Women's Collective, CLICK HERE. 
10:51
June 16, 2021
Born in the Battlefield – Conversation with a J.A.G.
In this episode, D.C. Bar Communities Office Sr. Program Attorney, Federico Barillas Schwank, speaks with Lt. William Xu, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate, about becoming a JAG and what the practice of law looks like for a military officer, from everyday tasks like writing wills and helping with evictions, to advising commanders on operational law and International Humanitarian Law. In the fall, Will and Federico will be co-teaching Born in the Battlefield, an American Red Cross training on the history and current application of the Laws of armed conflict and the role of the Red Cross movement in protecting the victims of war. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
18:48
June 2, 2021
D.C. Statehood Discussion with Attorney General Karl Racine
Rochelle Howard, Esq. from the D.C. Bar D.C. Affairs Community interviews D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine about how statehood could have impacted the District's ability to act in response to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests and during the January 6th insurrection in regard to police powers and treatment of protestors. To purchase the recording of the July program "What We Learned from Lafayette Square: A Discussion of the Insurrection and Home Rule Acts," click here.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
26:13
May 19, 2021
Improving Your Well-Being with the Lawyer Assistance Program
The past year has been the most challenging in recent memory. Responding to this, the Communities Office and the Lawyer Assistance Program have partnered to create a program for all legal professionals and support staff who want to make sense of these challenges and focus on wellbeing. Denise Perme and Niki Irish from the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program discuss the LAP as well as give a preview into the scheduled programming for the Spring Wellness Fair. Register and learn more about this free event HERE. 
16:26
May 5, 2021
Title IX: Beyond the Courtroom
Latavia Alexander, Esq. and Communities Program Attorney Andrea Rodricks discuss Title IX, new regulations, and what to expect when representing someone in an educational setting.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
22:21
April 21, 2021
15 Minute Bankruptcy Bootcamp
The bare bones basics on what you always wanted to know about bankruptcy. Hosted by Felicia Battista, Esq. and Craig Young, Esq., this episode is a brief overview of Chapters. 7, 13. and 11 of the Bankruptcy Code and the reasons why an individual or entity may need to file for bankruptcy. It also discusses the consequences of bankruptcy and if there are any alternatives for an individual or entity. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
15:19
March 31, 2021
Starting Your Solo Law Practice
Sarah Horowitz, Esq. from the D.C. Bar Estates, Trust and Probate Law Community joins Communities Program Attorney Federico Barillas-Schwank to explain her transition from government attorney to solo practitioner. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
17:11
March 17, 2021
What does it mean to be a Veterans Law Practitioner?
Seasoned Veterans Law attorneys Robert Chisholm and Amy Odom, both of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, discuss the field of Veterans Law and what it means to be a VA disability law practitioner. Topics include an overview of this complex area of the law, how to get involved in this field, and the various career opportunities within the practice of Veterans Law. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
18:40
March 3, 2021
Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments – An American Perspective
On December 1, 2020, our panel of experts discussed the 2021 Basel Convention restrictions on the global plastic scrap trade (you can view that recording on demand HERE). Now, almost one month after those restrictions went into effect, we interview Zoe Heller, Deputy Director for Policy Development at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) regarding plastics recycling in the U.S., possible impacts of the restrictions, and other developments to expect in 2021 and beyond. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
31:50
February 17, 2021
Recent Updates in Animal Accommodation Law
Abby Volin, Esq., president of Opening Doors PLLC, speaks with Communities Program Attorney Andrea Rodricks about Animal Accommodation Law. Discussions include the new regulations for animal accommodations on aircrafts under the Air Carrier Access Act, Fair Housing law for service and assistance animals, why pet owners are particularly vulnerable during the eviction crisis. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
28:03
February 3, 2021
The Life Cycle of an Art Work
Donyale Reavis, Esq. from the D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community joins Communities Program Attorney Federico Barillas-Schwank to discuss the lifecycle of an art work. Donyale explains how an art work moves through its various stages from conception to exhibition and longevity, and some of the legal implications of each stage. CORRECTION: Amy Sherald’s December auction that was estimated in the low six figures and went for nearly $4.3M went at auction at Phillip’s, not Sotheby’s. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
30:15
January 13, 2021
What Are Public Lands, and Why Should I Care?
Haninah Levine, a public lands attorney and a former member of the D.C. Bar’s Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Steering Committee, discusses public lands with Communities Program Attorney Andrea Rodricks. Haninah provides an engaging introduction into public lands, specifically discussing “What is Public Lands Law?” and “Why You Should Care?” while incorporating the history of public land, what the landscape of public lands law looks like today, and finally, discussing the benefits of public land and its importance. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
28:17
December 16, 2020
Discussion with Chai Feldblum on the SCOTUS Bostock Decision
Michelle Bercovici, Esq. of the D.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Community and Chai R. Feldblum, Esq., former commissioner of the EEOC, discuss the Supreme Court's decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, No. 17-1618 (S. Ct. June 15, 2020).  Michelle and Chai discuss this decision, holding that firing individuals because of their sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination because of sex, and the future of Title VII claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status. Read Chai's Thank You post on Medium HERE.  This episode is sponsored by GNGF. To claim your free digital copy of their bestselling book, Online Practice Strategies: How to Turn Clicks into Clients, visit 4.gngf.com/brief.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
29:11
December 2, 2020
Race-Based Hair Discrimination in the Workplace
D.C. Bar Communities Staff Attorney Brittany Sims Nwankwoala speaks with employee rights advocate Sacred Huff, Esq about race-based hair discrimination and the current and pending legislation prohibiting employers from such practices, including the CROWN Act. Sacred joined a panel for a longer discussion on this topic in February. That recording can be purchased on the D.C. Bar website HERE.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
18:30
November 18, 2020
Security Issues in Higher Education
D.C. Bar Communities Program Attorney Federico Barillas Schwank discusses how the pandemic has affected higher education with Mary Ann McGrail, Esq. Mary Ann explains cybersecurity issues with remote learning and simple steps institutions can take to protect themselves from cyber-intrusions – a special threat to intellectual property. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
22:42
November 5, 2020
Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws
A discussion with the authors of the newly released book Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws,  recorded on Sept 1, 2020.  William N. Eskridge Jr. and his coauthor, Christopher R. Riano, offer a panoramic and definitive history of America’s marriage equality debate. The authors explore the deeply religious, rabidly political, frequently administrative, and pervasively constitutional features of the debate and consider all angles of its dramatic history. Watch the recording of the full-length webinar HERE.  Book available for purchase at: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300221817/marriage-equality Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
19:08
October 7, 2020
The Future of Investment Treaty Arbitration in the EU (The Tea on International Arbitration, Episode 1)
The D.C. Bar Communities Podcast Network has a new channel focusing on International Arbitration! In this inaugural episode of "The Tea on International Arbitration," Nicole Silver, Esq. and Gaela Gehring Flores, Esq. of the D.C. Bar International Law Community speak with Mahnaz Malik, Esq., a barrister with Twenty Essex in London, about the recent Treaty terminating 130 intra-EU BITs and what it and the Achmea decision mean for the future of arbitration and foreign direct investment in Europe and beyond.  Listen here and don't forget to subscribe to the new channel at anchor.fm/dcbartea - new episodes will be coming soon! Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
26:26
June 29, 2020
The Legal Profession and Racial Inequality
De'Ana Dow, Esq. and Frantz Jacques, Esq., leaders of the D.C. Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Community's new Subcommittee on Diversity & Inclusion, are joined by A. Scott Bolden, Esq. and Robin Nunn, Esq. to talk about Racial Inequality in the Legal Profession.  CLICK HERE to watch the recording from Part 1 in our On-Demand Library. CLICK HERE to watch the recording from Part 2 in our On-Demand Library. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
33:49
June 24, 2020
Regulatory & COVID Related Updates for the Asset Management and Broker Dealer Industries
Valerie Mirko, Esq., Christopher Healey, Esq. and Christine Schleppegrell, Esq. talk about three upcoming programs with the D.C. Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Community: “Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS Implementation During COVID-19” and the two-part series, “COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the Financial Services Industry.” View more COVID-related programming from the Communities Office HERE.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
20:51
June 3, 2020
Reduce Your Anxiety
Elena Deutsch, founder of WILL (Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law), talks about the methods she has developed to help lawyers reduce their anxiety and take purposeful and thoughtful action. Click HERE to watch her full-length webinar in our On-Demand Library. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
15:47
May 27, 2020
Judges Talk Tough Cases
Judge Russell F. Canan, Judge Gregory E. Mize, and Judge Frederick H. Weisberg of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia talk about their book "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made."  To see the full-length webinar On-Demand, click HERE. To purchase the book, click HERE. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
26:33
May 20, 2020
Career Design: How to Design a Fulfilling Career
Mo Chanmugham, Esq, founder of MGC Coaching, discusses how to design a more fulfilling career through Career Design.  For a more in-depth discussion, you can watch the full-length Communities Office webinar that Mo taught with Elena Deutsch HERE. Learn more about MGC Coaching HERE.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
17:23
May 13, 2020
Return to Work Preparedness – EEOC Guidance
Michelle Bercovici, Esq. and Alison Davis, Esq. from the Labor and Employment Law Community discuss Return to Work Preparedness in light of the EEOC’s Updated Guidance for the COVID 19 pandemic.  If you enjoyed this content, consider other such programming conducted by our speakers - Michelle also did a full-length program regarding unemployment insurance benefits under the CARES Act - for more information and to register for that On-Demand, click HERE. View all of our COVID-related programming HERE. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
23:15
May 6, 2020
Financial Planning: You Only Want to Retire Once
Jason Dahl and Natalie Atabek from AFS Financial Group, LLC preview their upcoming Communities program "What's Next? Life After Work." You can find the recording of the May 5 program, as well as the rest of their Financial Planning Series, under "Communities Office Programs" in our On Demand library HERE.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
15:24
April 29, 2020
Tips for IP Lawyers – FDA Law
Brian Malkin, Esq., Sara Koblitz, Esq. and Taneashia Morrell, Esq. discuss their upcoming program with the D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Community: FDA Law for IP Lawyers - Tips for Effectively Integrating FDA Regulatory Law Into an IP Law Practice. You can watch the full On-Demand recording from the webinar on April 29 HERE. Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
23:12
April 22, 2020
Insights on CFIUS and Its Recently Expanded Jurisdiction and Powers
Geoffrey Goodale, Esq. and Tatiana Sullivan, Esq. give us a sneak peek into the International Law Community's upcoming two-part series: Buyer AND Seller Beware - New Regulations Expand the Scope and Powers of CFIUS Over FDI Deals. These live programs were Off the Record and therefore not recorded, but you can view other courses in our On Demand Library HERE.  Please note, the positions and opinions expressed by the speakers are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of their employers, nor those of the D.C. Bar, its Board of Governors or co-sponsoring Communities and organizations.
24:14
April 15, 2020
Brief Encounters - Trailer
Join the D.C. Bar Communities Office for “Brief Encounters,” the newest channel on the D.C. Bar Communities Podcast Network. Listen in and get a sneak peek into upcoming events and interviews happening online and at the Bar. Each short episode will highlight a recent or upcoming Communities program. Subscribe to “Brief Encounters” at anchor.fm/DCBar
00:24
March 26, 2020