Cause for Action: An ILR Podcast

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The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s award-winning Cause for Action podcast features commentary and analysis on issues important to the civil justice community. Each episode is hosted by ILR staff, and features longtime legal reform allies discussing the past, present, and future of the legal reform movement.

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Episode 7: Map a Policy Path with Oriana Senatore and Megan Brown

Today, data-driven innovation means our lives are easier, faster, and more connected. But with these advances come questions. How can we reap those benefits and still trust that our personal information is being protected? And what role do businesses and governments play?

In this episode, Oriana Senatore, Senior Vice President of Policy and Research at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform interviews Megan Brown, a Partner at Wiley and well-known expert in the legal privacy and technology field, on commonsense ideas for state privacy legislation.

Episode 6: Deep Dive with Harold Kim and Shira Rawlinson

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform champions a fair legal system that promotes economic growth and opportunity. From shining a spotlight on third party litigation funding to sounding the alarm on the problems of trial lawyer advertising, ILR has been on the frontlines of the legal reform community. On Jan. 1, 2020, Harold Kim took the reins as president of the organization.

In the episode, ILR's Senior Director of Communications Shira Rawlinson sits down with Harold to learn a little bit about the person tasked with leading ILR in 2020 and beyond.

Episode 5: Over-Enforcement Under Pressure with John Abegg and David Ogden

Every day, companies must navigate a complex maze of rules on corporate compliance issues. It’s up to government agencies, like the Department of Justice (DOJ), to use their enforcement powers fairly, and to provide the guidance necessary for companies to stay on the right side of the law. In the last couple of years, the DOJ has made important reforms designed to promote both compliance and the rule of law.

In this episode, ILR’s Executive Vice President, John Abegg, sits down with former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden to discuss the over-criminalizing of American enterprise, what companies can do to stay on the right side of the law, and why a lawyer should still be the first call if a company makes a mistake.

Episode 4: How Courtrooms are Turned Into Casinos with Page Faulk and John Beisner

"Do we really want our courtrooms turned into casinos?” An in-depth discussion on the fundamentals of third party litigation funding (TPLF).

In this episode, ILR’s Senior Vice President Legal Reform Initiatives Page Faulk interviews Skadden Arps Partner John Beisner on third party litigation funding. John and Page discuss the fundamentals of TPLF, the ethical and regulatory concerns and why disclosure of TPLF arrangements in civil cases is so important. They also discuss the latest developments at the federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, in Congress and the states as well as where the disclosure debate is going.

Episode 3: Establishing Precedent: SCOTUS Review of Class Action Lawsuits with Harold Kim and Steve Lehotsky

The recently ended U.S. Supreme Court term resulted in a mixed bag of rulings for American companies.

In this episode, the U.S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim and the Chamber Litigation Center's Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel Steve Lehotsky focus on how the Court addressed the issue of class action lawsuits.

Episode 2: Private Rights of Action with Harold Kim and Mark Brennan

Debates are raging in Congress and state capitals over data privacy and the best standards for collecting, handling, and storing personal data as well as the legal consequences when those standards aren’t followed.

In this episode, Harold Kim, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and Mark Brennan of the Hogan Lovells law firm talk about the troubling trend of outsourcing data privacy enforcement to individuals and plaintiffs’ lawyers through what are called private rights of action.

Episode 1: The Fight to Save Arbitration with Harold Kim and Victor Schwartz

Will Congress take away an employee’s right to settle disputes through arbitration without having to go to court and make a federal case out of it?

In this episode, the U.S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim and legal reform advocate Victor Schwartz from Shook, Hardy & Bacon discuss why arbitration is a simpler, faster and fairer way for employees to resolve workplace disputes than going to court.

Stay Tuned for More Cause for Action Episodes.