Thursday
Oct162014

The October episode of Common Ground is now live

Our panel, consisting of Steve Feinstein, Matt Yospin, Alderman Amy Sangiolo, and Former Alderman Rodney Barker is now live.  It can be viewed at:

http://www.newtv.org/video/common-ground/October-9-2014/

The show discussed historic preservation (specifically, the proposed demolition moratorium), and the six ballot questions (casino gambling, paid medical leave, gas tax for bridges, bottle bill, sale of municipal property, and Chapter 40B reform).

Saturday
Jul192014

Grading the Supreme Court

In the July episode of Common Ground, Matt Yospin, Steve Linsky and I review some of the major decisions issued by the Supreme Court in the final days of their session last month, including headline grabbers like Hobby Lobby, as well as some of the decisions that have not gotten as many headlines, but which may have significant consquences for individual rights, intellectual property law, and other important legal doctrines.

The cases we discussed were:

  • McCullen v. Coakley – Buffer zones
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby – Contraceptive coverage
  • CLS Bank v. Alice – Patentability of computer software
  • American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. – Copyright infringement
  • Harris v. Quinn – Union dues
  • Riley v. California – Fourt Amendment protection for cell phones
  • NLRB v. Noel Canning – Recess appointments

To hear our analysis of these decisions, watch the show online.  Then come back and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

 

Thursday
Jul172014

Where have I been?

I just noticed that my last blog entry is almost two years old!  I got very busy during my third year of law school, working for Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks and GTC Law Group, as well as serving as a reaseach assistant for two professors a teaching assistant for a third professor, a law journal editor, and -- most importantly -- a little league coach.  Then there was that little matter of the Bar Exam and finding a job.  Well, finding, is not exactly the right word, since I ended up starting a law firm with a law school classmate, Shaun Keough.  The firm, Parker Keough LLP, provides a wide range of legal services, including intellectual property protection, entity formation, transactions, and dispute resolution.  We've been surprisingly busy for a new law firm.  To find out more about our firm, you can subscribe to our newsletter by completing the contact form on our website.

During this time, I have also continued to be involved in Newton politics, helping with the election campaings of Aldermen Brian Yates and Emily Norton and School Committee Member Margaret Albright.  I also continue to host my cable show, Common Ground.

Wednesday
Jul182012

Watch the Common Ground Eighth Anniversary Special on the Web

If you haven't caught the June episode of Common Ground yet, time is running out to see it, since we did a new show last Thursday.  The June show was an eighth anniversary special featuring Jeff Seideman and Alderman Vicki Danberg and includes some great (mostly true) stories from Vicki and Jeff and a surprise guest (in addition to our usual policy discussions.  Until the folks at NewTV upload the new show, the old one will continue to be available through the NewTV web site.

The new show features Aldermen Steve Linsky and Dick Blazar.  For two mild-mannered lawyers, it was interesting to see how passionately they disagreed over the issue of naming rights for spaces in public buildings.  That show is now being cablecast on NewTV's blue channel (Thursdays at 8PM and other times throughout the week) and will soon be up on the web.

Our next live show will be Thursday, August 9 at 8:00 PM.  It will feature an All-Star cast, including two Aldermen and a member of the School Committee.  We'll be talking budgets and maintenance and some other exciting stuff, so set your DVR if you'll be traveling then :-)

If you have ideas for topics and panelists for future shows, please email your ideas to me at ken@kenparker.org.  Should we discuss national issues like the Affordable Care Act and the Presidential Election?  Let me know what you think.