Podcast: Wall, slats, barrier at the border

Mexico mapPresident Trump took his campaign for a wall to the US-Mexico border this week, hoping to drum up support for a $5.7 billion barrier while some federal workers struggle to survive without pay because of the government shutdown. Earlier, the president denied that he ever said Mexico would “write a check” to pay for the wall, which was a cornerstone of his campaign. Trump has also said the barrier could be built out of steel slats instead of concrete. In this podcast, Tamara Keith of NPR examines the history of Trump’s wall and how his statements sometimes contradict each other.

Podcast: The attorney’s role in workers’ comp

workers compEmployees who file workers’ compensation claims for the first time are often bewildered by the process, the paperwork, and how to deal with it while recovering from an on-the-job accident. Fortunately, workers’ comp attorneys are there to help them navigate the process. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters from the Legal Talk Network, host Alan Pierce talks to Arizona workers’ comp attorney Robert Wisniewski about why people sometimes need legal help when filing claims.

Podcast: Legal immigration under the Trump administration

President Donald TrumpWhile the Trump administration scrambles to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents at the border, it is taking other measures to change the existing legal immigration system. In this podcast from NPR, New York immigration lawyer Cheryl David talks about how the immigration process has been changed by the Trump administration:

The president has signed numerous executive orders in the name of national security safety – the other notion of buy American, hire American. So everything is, you know, vetted more strongly than it was before, probably unnecessarily because we had some very good procedures in place. In October of 2017, the administration had indicated that we are now going to have to interview every applicant applying for a green card. So previously, employment-based cases, for the most part, weren’t interviewed. Now they’re in the queue for interviewing. So that’s set family-based immigration back tremendously.

Podcast: Diary of a part-time special ed lawyer

Being a lawyer can sometimes seem like an all-consuming obsession, but for those with responsibilities outside the law office, working part-time can help solve some of those struggles. In this podcast from the Legal Talk Network, Caitlin Peterson talks to attorney Melissa Waugh, who specializes in the legal needs of disabled children with a focus on special education. Waugh talks about how being an adoptive mother of two children with special needs helps her empathize with her clients, along with the advantages of focusing on a niche area of the law.