Posts Tagged ‘on TV and radio’

Two new podcast interviews

RadioMicMike Semple Piggot at the well known British law site, Charon QC, interviewed me yesterday for his LawCast podcast series. We talked about why British legal blogs are more often personality- rather than practice-driven compared with those here, the pluses and minuses of Twitter, and the recession for big-firm lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic, among other topics. Results are here (iTunes version).

I was also interviewed last week by Duane Lester of All American Blogger for his online radio show “Bloglines” at RFC – Radio for Conservatives. It was something of a Legal Blogging Week for his show — other guests included Eugene Volokh of Volokh Conspiracy and Bill Jacobson of Legal Insurrection. I’ll post the audio link when it becomes available.

On the radio

RadioMicI’ve been appearing on a number of radio shows to comment on the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings. Yesterday I joined Jim Vicevich on WTIC (Hartford) for a preview of the Senate proceedings, and this morning I was a guest on “York Morning News” on WSBA (York, Pa.), the Wills and Snyder show on WTAM (Cleveland), the Morning News with Lana Hughes and J.P. Pritchard on KTRH (Houston), Helen Glover’s show on WHJJ (Providence), and “Morning News and More with Matt Ray and Kelly Sanchez” on KPAY (Chico, Calif.). If you’re interested in having me on your show, contact Hannah Martone at the Manhattan Institute: 212-599-7000.

CPSIA on the radio: WTIC “Morning Show with Ray Dunaway”

radiomic2I’m scheduled to be a guest on Ray Dunaway’s Morning Show (WTIC 1080 AM, Hartford) circa 7:20 a.m. to discuss CPSIA. For a quick introduction to the law, follow our links for the problems with thrift stores, motorbikes, libraries and books, kids’ garments, and general problems with the law.

P.S. WTIC, the news/talk Connecticut station, has been great on crediting Overlawyered over the years, and host Ray Dunaway said on the air that he gets a lot of story ideas for the show from this site. Thanks!

CPSIA: transcripts, audio of Hugh Hewitt show

An audio is now up of my guest appearance yesterday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. And Canadian blogger Charles Henry has generously compiled a transcript of the segment, an especially useful resource because he’s embedded relevant links. He’s also posted a transcript of another segment of the show in which attorney/guest Gary Wolensky talks about this week’s big library/CPSC outcry, as well as vacant toy shelves (“That’s A CPSIA Toy, We Can’t Sell It To You“).

CPSIA on the radio: “Kresta in the Afternoon”


I was a guest this hour on the popular Michigan-based radio show “Kresta in the Afternoon” with substitute host Nick (whose wife is a crafter of kids’ items and has been bugging him to cover the law for months…). We discussed the general problems with the law, motorbikes, thrift stores, kids’ garments, libraries and books.

Having finished a draft yesterday on my big unrelated writing project, I’m a little freer now to do radio, and I suspect there may be more of it coming given the interest stirred by the AP’s new piece on libraries.

On C-SPAN tonight: “Protecting Main Street From Lawsuit Abuse”

Today I testified before the Senate Republican Conference about the effect on the economy of excessive litigation. A podcast is available on-line and, for the insomniacs among you, the hearing will be broadcast on C-SPAN tonight at 10:56 PM Eastern and again at 2:09 AM Eastern. Also testifying was Life Without Lawyers author Philip Howard; Crystal Chodes, who lost her job because of the expense of a meritless ADA filing mill suit; Texas doctor David Teuscher; and arbitration expert and University of Kansas law professor Christopher Drahozal.

If you just prefer reading what I have to say, my written testimony is on-line also:

The total loss to the economy from excessive tort litigation above and beyond a baseline of an employment at will regime and an average industrialized tort system can be estimated at between over $600 billion and over $900 billion a year, 4.3% to 6.5% of GNP, or a tort tax of between $8,000 and $12,000/year for an average family of four. And this is very much a conservative estimate, as other economists find much stronger effects than I have estimated here, as I have not tried to estimate a number of identifiable secondary and tertiary effects of excessive tort litigation on allocation of economic resources, and as I have not tried to estimate the likely effect of recent Congressional expansions of tort liability in the last twelve months.

I was pleased to hear from multiple Congressional staffers who are regular Overlawyered readers: one even surreptitiously added the website into my official biography. Carter Wood talks about the hearing and Senator Cornyn’s remarks over at Point of Law.

Update: video on-line at C-SPAN; my segment begins at 43:15 or so. And C-SPAN2 is rebroadcasting at 4:16 pm Eastern on Tuesday, March 17, which suggests that my appearance will be at about 5 pm Eastern.