Los Angeles attorney Paul Morantz has devoted his professional life to fighting cults. But in the late 1970s that life almost came to an abrupt end when Synanon, one of the powerful cults he litigated against, planted a live rattlesnake in his mailbox.
For prosecutors, as well as priests, how we have sex has long been a matter of serious concern. So serious, in fact, that whenever community standards are challenged, the response is often repression, and, sometimes, severe punishment.
In the latest installment of the Legally Speaking series from UC Hastings College of Law and California Lawyer, Eric Berkowitz, a San Francisco attorney who has studied this phenomenon and written about it in his book Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, speaks with California Lawyer’s Martin Lasden.
What are the nine unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court really good for?
In a new thought-provoking and at-times humorous interview, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer talks with David Faigman, professor at UC Hastings College of Law, about the importance of an engaged public, the balancing power of an unelected governing body, the politics behind court decisions, and more. Take a look at Legally Speaking: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
If you’re interested in the inner-workings of the Supreme Court, there’s more in UC Hastings’ “Legally Speaking” series. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched on everything from opera, marriage and work/life balance to doctrinal questions and cases from the 1970s to the present during her 2011 conversation with Professor Joan Williams.
And in 2010, Justice Antonin Scalia sat down for an interview with Professor Calvin Massey to reflect upon his 24 years on the Supreme Court bench.
We’ve asked Professor Massey to share his experience interviewing Justice Scalia:
“Justice Scalia is a delightful person. He is warm, witty, and completely comfortable with himself. There is nothing artificial or pretentious about him. That made interviewing him very pleasant.
Sometimes people who hold important offices forget that the office and their person are separate. As Harry Truman once said of being President: ‘I tried never to forget who I was, where I came from, and where I was going to return.’ I think Justice Scalia keeps Justice Scalia the Justice separate from Antonin Scalia the person.
The audience was mostly Hastings students and faculty, with some judges, alumni, and friends of Hastings also in attendance. They were attentive, interested, and appropriately polite. Everybody wanted to hear what the Justice had to say. So did I, and my questions were designed to allow him room to talk. I hope some of that feeling in the room is apparent in the video recording.”
The “Legally Speaking” series continues March 30 at 8pm (ET/PT) with writer and attorney Scott Turow, then April 20 at 9:30pm with constitutional lawyer and Yale University Professor Bruce Ackerman. The series returns in the Fall with a highly anticipated appearance by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.