The most recent episode of Legally Speaking welcomes human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri to discuss his 2012 book, Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World.
Kadri began research for Heaven on Earth in 2008 in an effort to trace the evolution of Shari’a Law. He says the first half of his book is a history of the origins of Shari’a Law, while the second half takes you on Kadri’s journey through Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, and other countries in search of the modern interpretations of Shari’a Law, which he discovered has changed radically in the last forty years.
He was the inspiration for the character of George Costanza’s childhood friend Lloyd Braun on “Seinfeld,” but there’s a lot more to the real-life Lloyd Braun than a punchline.
The UC Hastings Law School alum began his career as an entertainment lawyer, but eventually moved over to the creative side of the business. Since then he’s had a hand in developing some of the biggest hit shows in television history, including “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Boston Legal,” and “The Sopranos.” In 2007, after a stint as head of Yahoo’s media group, Braun co-founded BermanBraun, an independent media company.
In the latest installment of “Legally Speaking,” from UC Hastings and California Lawyer, Braun speaks with Hastings Law School Dean Frank Wu about his career and the profound changes that are now rocking the entertainment industry.
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.