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A podcast series from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, sharing our public lectures and events from key scholars and practitioners. The TJI is a world-leading research institute investigating themes of conflict, transitional justice, human rights, gender and international law. Learn more about our research, public events, taught postgraduate programmes (LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice; LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights) and o ...
 
This monthly podcast focuses on P-20 education pathways with a focus on research and leadership that promotes educational equity, justice, and excellence for all students. This podcast is a product of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership or OCCRL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more about OCCRL at occrl.illinois.edu.
 
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“There are people who do bad things, but I’ve never met anybody who I felt was just a bad person.” Continuing our series on ‘Reconstructing Success,’ California Public Defender Emily Fisher explores the ways that trial lawyers can intentionally improve injustices and inefficiencies in the justice system. As she guides listeners through her blueprin…
 
“When we tell good stories, the listeners engage.” This week, host Rafe Foreman meets with accomplished civil trial lawyer Scott Glovsky to explore his methods of successfully conveying the emotion behind his clients’ stories to the jury. A passionate advocate for individuals who’ve faced unjust denials by their health insurance companies, Scott de…
 
“There are so many people who have incredible talents that are going to waste because they’ve been excluded. It’s not hard to find if you just open your eyes….and when we see it, we need to use our position of power and privilege in the groups and organizations that we’re leading to elevate that talent and allow them to have the space to shine.” Th…
 
John Sloan hosts the TLC Podcast this week to interview Rafe Foreman and partner attorney Susan Hutchison on the incredible verdict the two trial lawyers won in a groundbreaking and unconventional gender discrimination case. Listen along as Rafe and Susan describe how they successfully conveyed their 72-year-old client’s story to the jury after a f…
 
“Everything I need to know I learned in psychodrama. I remind myself to listen with my heart, tune into the emotions -- not just the words -- be open, be honest, and be kind because we have more in common than we’ll ever know...and to be fearless because no matter how alone we’re feeling, we are never alone and our TLC group -- every single one of …
 
“Do something to make someone else’s day better. If we all do that, every day, we’ll change the world.” This week, Washington attorney Mark Wagner continues our ‘Restructuring Success’ series with a refreshing take on the true meaning of success. Channeling the core message of the Trial Lawyers College, Mark argues that success is all in how we tre…
 
“Success is really subjective, and I think that’s okay. The only thing that I need to do to live truthfully is to define the things that are important to me and let the rest burn. What’s scarier -- disappointing people or thinking, at the end of the day, what kind of life could I have had if I had just been a little bit braver?” This week, Ilinois …
 
Ireland has made WPS a key focus of its foreign policy and its tenure on the UN Security Council, including through taking up the role of co-chairing the Independent Experts’ Group (IEG) on WPS. It does so at a time when the dynamics on the Council present clear obstacles to advancing, and protecting progress on, the WPS agenda. This discussion exp…
 
“The storytelling potential in this case was off the charts because of the lengths the defense was going to go to to avoid the truth.” In this podcast, Eric Fong joins host Rafe Foreman to share, in captivating detail, the extraordinary story of how he and his client defied all odds to obtain a $91 million verdict in a recent personal injury trial.…
 
The author Prof Rory O'Connell discusses his new book with Prof Conor Gearty (LSE), Prof Ruth Rubio Marin (Sevilla), to mark the launch of 'Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights' (Cambridge 2020). Dr Catherine O'Rourke (TJI) chairs the discussion. The book is available on the Cambridge webpage and Cambridge has provided an Open Acce…
 
“Always be willing to be flexible -- don’t get so married to your methodologies that you can’t change those, too. It is in preparation and hard work but it’s also in willing to be open to the ideas of others.” This week, Todd Kelly of Austin, Texas, joins host Rafe Foreman to kick off our new podcast series titled ‘Reconstructing Success’ with an e…
 
“For me, getting this opportunity with this scholarship, the biggest thing is spreading the message to go and get the vaccine.” On this week’s podcast, high school freshman Jack Lucchesi and his mother, Bridget Lucchesi, join host Rafe Foreman. Jack is one of the first ten winners selected in New York State's College Scholarship raffle for vaccinat…
 
In this episode, Dr. Francena Turner talks with humanities educators at community colleges in California and North Carolina about the importance of the humanities to community colleges and to community college students. The guests also share the challenges they've faced during COVID-19, as well as the challenges they've experienced in introducing s…
 
This final panel of the CEDAW and SOGI workshop addressed some cross-cutting issues (conflict, asylum, hate speech) and included final concluding reflections from Marion Bethel, current CEDAW Committee member. Cross Cutting Issues Lucia Baca (Colombia Diversa) Niels-Erik Hansen (Immigration Lawyer) Kseniya Kirichenko (IGLA-World (International Lesb…
 
“I decided that I should do something I don’t normally do, and that’s reverse roles with a defense attorney and try to figure out where they’re coming from and how their lives have changed. So, I was trying to get personally involved with defense attorneys, not just in the case but in their actual lives...” On this week’s podcast, Conroe, TX trial …
 
This panel of the CEDAW and SOGI workshop addressed health and education. Speakers: Alexa Moore (Transgender Northern Ireland) Marisa Hutchinson (International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (Malaysia / Global South)) Mel Duffy (Dublin City University) Chair: Meghan Campbell This workshop sought to explore the current and potential activi…
 
This episode continues our workshop on CEDAW and SOGI, with a panel focused on relationships and families. Speakers: Danielle Roberts (HereNI) Imani Kimiri (National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission of Kenya) Chair: Loveday Hodson (Leicester) Women’s enjoyment of the substantive rights guaranteed under CEDAW – legal equality, nationality, ed…
 
This workshop sought to explore the current and potential activities of the CEDAW Committee on the human rights of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. It identified strengths in the CEDAW Committee’s current approach to sexual orientation and gender identity and pinpoint areas for future development. The workshop aimed to make both a theoretic…
 
“The plaintiff’s practice can be very lonely. I think that loneliness has been a bit amplified by being inside, cooped up, and not able to communicate and build relationships like we were meant to. The pandemic has caused an amplification of those relationships gone silent.” On this week’s podcast, Kansas City trial attorney Brian McCallister joins…
 
“Judges are just like us -- they’re egocentric, they think with their own minds, they speak with their own heart, and they bring a lifetime of experiences as a human and as a previous lawyer to the bench.” This riveting podcast features former Oklahoma judge Kenny Adair, now a criminal and civil trial lawyer, who gives his unique perspective on the…
 
This panel event was co-hosted by the TJI, Christian Aid Ireland and ABColombia. This event explored the upcoming report of the Truth Commission in Colombia, with a focus on two innovative measures within the Colombian transitional justice approach: the role of business in conflict and peacebuilding, and the exclusion of crimes of sexual and gender…
 
“I’m one of those types of people that wants to be all things all the time, and what I’m learning is you can’t be all things all the time. It’s just not possible. That’s how you wind up burned out and really of no use to anybody.” Continuing our theme of ‘Managing in Tough Times’ is Kahlie Hoffman, a Kansas City-based personal injury trial lawyer w…
 
“There are some people who have not had an opportunity to represent a gay client or a member of a minority group, and there may be some biases there. Before proper representation can be done, I think that a person needs to sit with themselves and try to overcome those biases or really truthfully address them and see if they’re going to play into th…
 
In this episode, Nathaniel Stewart talks with Mauriell Amechi, Regina Gavin Williams, and Blayne Stone Jr. about how the transitions and pathways to postsecondary education are similar and different for Black former foster care students. The scholars also discuss key elements to successfully connect foster care youth to educational resources that h…
 
Specially written histories have become an important tool in Irish state responses to ‘historical’ injustice, particularly those affecting women, their sexual, reproductive and family lives. Whatever form an inquiry takes, a ‘definitive’ history will be at its centre. Sometimes it will be authored by academic historians, though generally in collabo…
 
“I want widows to know that once they have loved someone so deeply and been loved, it will come again. Nobody should live without love, and they don’t have to.” This podcast features California attorney Samantha Berryessa, who continues our ‘Managing in Tough Times’ series with a moving account of her experience navigating grief before and after th…
 
“We need to communicate with our eyes more, whether it’s to your spouse or the jury on voir dire or to your client.” In this week’s episode of the TLC podcast, civil lawyer Chandler Loupe joins host Rafe Foreman in a contentious discussion around the unique challenges faced by trial lawyers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharing his experience as a …
 
The TJI was delighted to welcome Professor Karen Engle to discuss her important new book: 'The Grip of Sexual Violence: Feminists Interventions in International Law' published by Stanford University Press (2020). The monograph traces three decades of feminist engagement with international law and institutions with a focus on how and why both femini…
 
“In order for me to do a trial right now, I need to prepare extra-special. It’s sort of like an extended warm-up to get my head in the right spot.” This week’s podcast features Jason Savela, a criminal defense lawyer with more than two decades of experience trying cases to juries in Colorado. Continuing our theme of “Managing in Tough Times,” Jason…
 
Learn more about the Transitional Justice Institute's taught postgraduate programmes in transitional justice, human rights, gender and conflict. Hear from current and former students. Apply here: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/transitional-justice-institute/study/llm-master-of-laws.
 
“I didn’t want anyone to see me as I really am. I thought they would reject me. That’s why, in the beginning, I worked so hard to walk perfectly -- I didn’t want anyone to see my weakness. But it was only when I was willing to let people inside and to see that is when I began to be comfortable with it as well.” Continuing our ‘Managing in Tough Tim…
 
In this talk, Onur Bakiner provided an overview of the philosophical underpinnings, conceptual frames, and methodological choices informing the scholarship on truth commission impact to examine whether, how, how much, and why truth commissions influence policy, court decisions, and social norms. The findings of empirical scholarship range from part…
 
“We need to see the things that are happening—the changes, the protocols, the restructuring of how this is all working—as opportunities and to find ways to embrace them and make them part of how you present your case.” This timely podcast features Texas trial lawyer Susan Hutchison, who discusses how the COVID-19 era has hindered the efficacy of th…
 
This is the recording of the launch of Dr Catherine O’Rourke’s new monograph, Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law(Cambridge University Press, 2020). This event included comments from Catherine O'Rourke and Christine Bell, and featured a roundtable discussion chaired by Debora Kayembe with the following high-level experts from t…
 
“It’s not just the words that I say, but do I honor the words that you say?” This continuation of our ‘Words Matter’ series features Dana Cole, an associate professor of law at the University of Akron School of Law, who shares his thoughts on the power and components of an impactful story and the art of mindful listening. This refreshing approach t…
 
“I win because I’m the person who cares the most in the courtroom, not because I know the most.” This week’s podcast features Kiesha Cannon, a captivating voice for the vulnerable and the accused, who shares her insight into the simple secrets behind effective communication and connection both in and out of the courtroom. Drawing from her equally-i…
 
“The whole point of psychodrama is to tell the story, and the ways that lawyers have incorporated this method to tell their client’s story with such love and interest and time and attention is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever seen another human being give another human being.” This week’s podcast continues our ‘Words Matter’ series with Jody And…
 
In this episode, José Del Real Viramontes talks with Santiago Bernal, Alfred Herrera, and Dimpal Jain about how community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities can work together to develop and enhance a transfer-receptive culture.
 
“They always told us in Tennessee, ‘Great songs aren’t written — they’re re-written.’ I think that saying could apply for us in our work as trial lawyers.” In this multifaceted episode of the TLC podcast, host Rafe Foreman is joined by singer/songwriter and trial attorney Sam Wooden to continue our ‘Words Matter’ series. Offering his perspective on…
 
“How do you know that words matter? You know because they make you feel something.” In this continuation of our podcast series titled Words Matter, Los Angeles Public Defender Kim Savo shares her insight into the connection between poetry and the presentation of a compelling opening statement. A wordsmith by nature and a passionate advocate for the…
 
“As advocates in the courtroom, the truth carries the day, and we have the obligation to seek the truth, to speak the truth, and to correct lies and misstatements when they’re in violation of the truth.” In this first installment of our four-part series titled ‘Words Matter’, host Rafe Foreman takes the mic to introduce the why behind this pressing…
 
In this seminar, Dr. Philipp Schulz talks about his recently launched book 'Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence: Perspectives from Northern Uganda' (University of California Press), based on his doctoral research conducted at the Transitional Justice Institute in Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Although wartime sexual violence against me…
 
“Our great-grandfather stood to fulfill a sacred duty...to do more than he ever thought he may have been capable of doing...at a particular time in the existence of the world for the survival of generations of all of us to come. The warriors that stand in courtrooms today—with their hand on a vulnerable, suffering person or their families—are doing…
 
The Irish Peace and Conflict Network, which includes the TJI, hosted this Panel discussion which explored what success and impact in relation to peace and conflict would look like for Ireland during Ireland's term on the Security Council. It explored the priorities for Security Council action in conflict-affected contexts, and what we can learn fro…
 
“It’s not going to be a straight line from here to a better world, but what other choice do we have?” This unconventional episode of the TLC podcast features Bernie Cantorna, a Centre County, Pennsylvania District Attorney who served on the TLC faculty from 1997 to 2016. As he catches up with host Rafe Foreman, Bernie explains why he chose to becom…
 
In this episode, Dr. Nolan L. Cabrera joins OCCRL Director Eboni Zamani-Gallaher to examine whiteness and discuss various areas of racism. Dr. Cabrera is an associate professor of educational policy studies and practice at the University of Arizona.
 
“We have a real power right now to change the world we live in and leave it better for the generations to come, but we must come at it from a place of love. We have to be brave enough to be the light.” In the fourth and final installment of our podcast series titled “What Do Trial Lawyers Do?” TLC graduate and faculty member Jacqui Ford offers a st…
 
“Fighting is an end in itself if the cause is right, so you’ve got to keep fighting. Even if you aren’t having success at times, you’ve got to stick with it.” In this third installment of our series titled ‘What Do Trial Lawyers Do?’, host Rafe Foreman explores the ins and outs of practicing civil rights law with Albuquerque, NM attorney Zackeree K…
 
“Part of being a trial lawyer is being a good investigator — getting out of the office, visiting clients, visiting the scene, visiting witnesses, talking to people — and getting the evidence you need for your cases.” In this second installation of our podcast series titled ‘What do trial lawyers do?’ host Rafe Foreman chats with Kansas City civil l…
 
“We help the people that have been neglected, left out, and desperate, and we give them life when everybody else has left them for dead.” In this first installment of our four-part series titled ‘What Do Trial Lawyers Do?’ TLC graduate and faculty member Patrick McLain shares the intricacies, peculiarities, and triumphs of being a military trial la…
 
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