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 Audio Interviews

 

 

Exclusive audio interviews with CFA Partners ...

 

In this section, you'll find audio interviews with the leaders of Center for America's partner organizations, as well as legislators, lawyers and academics.  Kristyn Shayon talks with partners about a range of diverse topics, all centered around legal reform. You'll hear the insider stories behind their legal reform projects and priorities.

If you are interested in getting further information from any of the interviewees, please contact them directly via the phone numbers listed below their photographs.

 

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2008 Interviews

Jeff Cunningham

Directorship Magazine and Directorship.com

Jeff Cunningham, publisher of Directorship Magazine, joins CFA's Kristyn Shayon to talk about the 2008 Boardroom Guide to State Legal Climates, featured in the June/July Edition of the magazine.
 

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Dr. Lawrence McQuillan

Pacific Research Institute

In this CFA exclusive interview, Dr. McQuillan joins CFA's Kristyn Shayon to talk about the newly released US Tort Liability Index: 2008 Report, and the updated methodologies used to assemble the two rankings produced by the study.


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Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson

Texas Supreme Court

In this candid interview, Chief Justice Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court, one of the most highly regarded jurists in the nation, talks with CFA's Kristyn Shayon about the role of the judiciary and the Supreme Court.  He discusses how Justices approach the research and analysis of cases that come before the Court and what thought process goes into the final opinion. 

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Chief Justice Cliff Taylor

Michigan Supreme Court

The Wall Street Journal has called the Michigan Supreme Court the “finest court in the land.” In this interview, CFA's Kristyn Shayon discusses with Michigan’s Chief Justice Cliff Taylor some of the factors which must have been considered by the Journal before making such a statement.

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2007 Interviews

804-786-2071

Attorney General Bob McDonnell

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell joins Kristyn Shayon to talk about "the terrific tort climate" in Virginia. His common sense approach to the application of justice has helped give Virginia a top ten ranking in several major surveys and reports of all fifty states.

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405-521-5636

Senator Glenn Coffee

Oklahoma State Senate

Senator Coffee, Republican Majority Leader of the Oklahoma Senate and a nine-year leader of legal reform legislation, talks with CFA's Kristyn Shayon about this year's comprehensive legal reform bill and the stunning last-minute flip-flop by Governor Brad Henry.

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601-359-3238

Senator Charlie Ross

Mississippi State Senate

In this interview, Senator Ross gives us the behind the scenes look at just how close Mississippi came to a complete breakdown of the civil justice system, and the ensuing campaign for comprehensive legal reform that involved significant efforts from the business, medical and legislative communities alike.

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919-836-1407

Lew Ebert

President

North Carolina Chamber

Lew Ebert, President, The North Carolina Chamber, joins us to talk about the 2007 legislative session, and the business community's success in turning back the trial bar's efforts to extend the statute of repose. He shares his insight on the importance of coalition among business leaders in the fight for legal reform, as well as the importance of the health of the legal climate for job creation.

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405-235-3669

Dick Rush

President

State Chamber of Oklahoma

Richard Rush, President and CEO, shares an insider's view into the historic passage of legal reform by both the Oklahoma House and Senate after 21 years of determined effort. Dick talk about Governor Brad Henry's ultimate veto of the bill on and what it means for Oklahomans. Listen to his report on plans to bring the bill back in the 2008 session with even greater support.

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512-320-0474

George Christian

President

Texas Civil Justice League

TCJL president George Christian joins CFA to review the successes and setbacks of the 2007 legislative session in Texas. He shares his views on the continuing battle for sensibility and fairness in the legal climate in a state that has been ahead of many others in enacting common sense reform.

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847-222-9673

Ed Murnane

President

Illinois Civil Justice League

Ed Murnane joins Kristyn Shayon to recap the successful efforts of ICJL in the 2007 legislative session in taking on a uniquely aggressive trial, as well as some behind the scenes understanding of several of ICJL's ongoing initiatives.

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850-222-0170

William Large

President

Florida Justice Reform Institute

Florida Justice Reform Institute president William Large joins CFA's Kristyn Shayon to review the prognosis of  Florida's legal climate at the conclusion of the 2007 legislative session.

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212- 681-8199

Philip Howard

Founder and Chair

Common Good

Philip Howard, Common Good Founder and Chair, joins Kristyn Shayon for this special edition of Partner Spotlight. On May 24, 2007, bipartisan bills were introduced into both houses of Congress to create pilot projects that will improve medical justice - including the creation of special health courts.

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215-271-9590

Fighting to Save Lives

Dr. James Tayoun

The Patients and Physicians Alliance

Dr. James Tayoun, founding member of PAPA, joins CFA's Kristyn Shayon to talk about why he helped found PAPA, and he explains why frivolous lawsuits are threatening the lives of Pennsylvania's patients and sending the state's health care system into a crisis situation.

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2006 Interviews

404-257-9667

Protecting Business' Victory In Georgia

Shannon Goessling

Southeastern Legal Foundation

Shannon discusses the importance of protecting the legal reform gains of the 2005 legislative session in Georgia from the trial bar's offensive in the courts, and shares with us the current legal reform priorities of Southeastern Legal Foundation.

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888-821-6529

CFA's Victims Project

Bob Dorigo-Jones

Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch

Bob talks with Partner Spotlight about one of CFA's newest initiatives to bring to light the stories of legitimate victims of lawsuit abuse. Bob, President of Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, and lead coordinator of the Victim's Project, takes us step by step through the collection process and shares some of the stories that have been uncovered thus far.

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916-443-4900

Class Actions in California

John Sullivan

Civil Justice Association of California

John joins us to discuss the current status of several class action suits recently filed in California, as well as the activities of CJAC mid-election season.

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850-932-2392

Victory in Florida

Renee Giachino

Center for Individual Freedom

Renee explains the victory in enacting reforms to Joint & Several Liability statutes in Florida earlier this year, and discusses the current activities of the Center for Individual Freedom.

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Recent Interviews

785-357-6321

Reforming Kansas

Lew Ebert, President, The Kansas Chamber of Commerce, joins us to talk about the current legal reform initiatives of the Chamber.

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850-932-2392

CFIF and the FAIR Act

Please Note: Asbestos legislation S 852 being debated in Congress is supported by some, opposed by others in the business community. The CFA has taken no position on the bill. We are posting CFIF activities on this issue for your information.

Renee Giachino, Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President of the Center for Individual Freedom, talks about CFIF's involvement in the current asbestos trust fund debate, and her perspective on the importance of the FAIR Act.

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405-235-3669

Bringing Prosperity to Oklahoma

Richard Rush, President and CEO, Oklahoma State Chamber, joins us to talk about the success of the Prosperity Project, and what lies ahead for the Oklahoma State Chamber's legal reform initiatives.

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614-224-1435

Ohio's Pending Election Cycle

Jeff Longstreth, Executive Director, Ohio Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse  discusses the upcoming election cycle in Ohio, and the prognosis for protecting past legal reform victories.

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803-771-0008

Curing the "Crisis"

Cam Crawford, Executive Director, South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition talks about the "crisis" of workers compensation in South Carolina, and what legal reform advocates are doing about it.

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312-595-0758

Defining the Direction of Reform in the Courts

Ed Murnane, President, Illinois Civil Justice League, looks closely at the recent Illinois Supreme Court decision to reverse the $10 billion award against Philip Morris.

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"Give Me a Break!"

John Stossel, award winning consumer reporter with ABCNews' 20/20 joins CFA Chairman Steve Hantler in an exclusive interview about his new book, and his thoughts on the desperate need for legal reform.

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212-599-7000

Understanding Trial Lawyers, Inc. Healthcare

Jim Copland, Director, Center for Legal Policy at The Manhattan Institute gives us an in depth look at the newest report in the Trial Lawyers, Inc series - Trial Lawyers, Inc. Healthcare.

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404-223-2264

Protecting Legal Reform Gains in Georgia

George Israel, III, President and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce shares the challenges currently facing the newly enacted legal reform package in Georgia's Supreme Court.

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512-320-0474

Maintaining Reform Victories in Texas

Ralph Wayne, President, Texas Civil Justice League joins us to discuss the recent legislative victories for tort reform in the Lone Star state.

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850-224-7173

Helping Florida Business Fight for Legal Reform

Barney T. Bishop, III, President, Associated Industries of Florida shares his thoughts on the role of Florida's diverse business community in creating comprehensive tort reform.

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850-521-1209

Shaping the Landscape for Reform

Mark Wilson, now President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, talks with us about the many faceted fight for civil justice reform in Florida, and shares his insight on the failures and successes of the 2005 legislative session.

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517-371-7276

Building a Partnership Approach, Part 2

Dan Pero, President of CFA, joins us for part 2 of a 3 part interview and talks about dealing with the political realities of the fight for legal reform at the state level.

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360-943-1600

Building Support from Washington Business

Don Brunell, President of the Association of Washington Business talks with us about the formation of AWB, and the outlook for legal reform within the diverse business community.

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614-224-1435

Working Toward Success in Ohio

Jeff Longstreth, Executive Director of the Ohio Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse gives us a one on one look at the legal climate in Ohio, and discusses the genesis of OCALA.

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916-443-4900

Reforming California

John Sullivan, President of the Civil Justice Association of California joins the program to talk about the success of Proposition 64, as well as current initiatives at CJAC.

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888-821-6529

Creating Success at the Grassroots Level

Bob Dorigo-Jones, President of Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, discusses the importance of grassroots action in the fight for legal reform, as well as the current activities of the organization.

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415-989-0833

Turning Research into Reform

Sally Pipes, President of Pacific Research Institute brings critical insight into the need legal reform at the state level, and presents some exciting new projects which are currently underway at PRI. 

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517-371-7276

Building a Partnership Approach

Dan Pero, President of CFA, describes his 25 year career in political organizing and describes how CFA brings resources to partners to help them with legal reform in the states.

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202-429-0045

Reforming Court Rules

Walt Sinclair, President of Lawyers for Civil Justice  joins us to talk about the genesis of LCJ, and the organization's efforts to deal with such top priorities as e-discovery rules and junk science rules. 

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202-639-5638

Medical Monitoring and Separation of Powers

Leah Lorber, of Counsel with Shook, Hardy & Bacon joins us to discuss the ramifications of  the recent Michigan Supreme Courts Ruling in Henry v. Dow.   Read her Op-Ed.

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202-742-8532

Creating Successful Reform Legislation

Kristin Armshaw, Director of the Civil Justice Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, talks about the Disorder in the Courts project  and the Jury Patriotism Act.  

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312-595-0758

Pulling Illinois Out of the "Hellhole"

Ed Murnane, President, Illinois Civil Justice League, shares his view on the importance of legal reform in Illinois, and discusses the projects ICJL is currently working to further their reform goals.

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803-771-0008

Success in South Carolina

Cam Crawford, Executive Director, South Carolinians for Tort Reform, joins us to discuss the legislative victories in South Carolina during the most recent legislative session, and the coalition that was the key to success. 

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202-682-1163

Fixing the Hellholes

Tiger Joyce, President, American Tort Reform Association, joins us for a behind-the-scenes look at the strategy driving the Judicial Hellholes project.  Find out how Madison County attorneys rewarded Joyce for his first visit to their jurisdiction.

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703-535-5836

Understanding the Trust Fund

In this interview, Marshall Manson, Vice President of Public Affairs at the Center for Individual Freedom talks with us about the impact the asbestos trust fund will have on the battle against frivolous asbestos claims.  Learn how small businesses will truly be protected from such frivolous lawsuits in the future.   

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Center for

Individual Freedom

212-599-7000

Grading the Nation's Trial Lawyers

Jim Copland, Director of the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute joins us to discuss the release of Trial Lawyers, Inc. reports nationwide, and most recently in California. Hear the strategy behind the project, and just what attracted Copland to select the state of California for the first state report.   

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404-257-9667

Winning Reform in Georgia

Shannon Goessling, Executive Director of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, shares the winning strategy behind the passage of comprehensive civil justice reform in Georgia this year. Learn how several  large groups, all with special interest in the legislation, were able to come together to assist in its successful passage. 

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