Good Law | Bad Law #93 - Charlottesville One Year later: A reflection w/ Nancy Baron-Baer

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One year after Charlottesville  . . . this is the episode to understand what to make of the terrible events that took place one year ago and where we must go from here.


Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast  Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Nancy Baron-Baer, the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League for the Philadelphia area, to look back at the Charlottesville protests from 2017 as well as to try and answer the question: “What is a hate crime?”


Nancy and Aaron discuss the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that occurred on August 12, 2017. The protest was called “Unite the Right” and immediately sparked violent actions from both supporters of the movement and counter-protesters. Tensions peaked at 1:42 PM when James Alex Fields rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing a 19-year-old woman.


In addition to Charlottesville, Nancy and Aaron talk about the differences between hate speech, hate crimes, and hate incidences. Nancy also shares her opinion on what we need to do as a country to improve our relationship with each other and begin closing the divide between ourselves. “You have to start at the ground level,” explains Nancy, “you have to start with a conversation really about who we are inside or things that have  affected us in our life before you get to the controversial topics.”


Nancy has spent the last 16 years working with the Anti-Defamation League to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Before joining the ADL Nancy served as the Managing Partner of the Philadelphia Office of the law firms of Eckert Seamans and Connolly Epstein, and was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business.


Join in as Aaron and Nancy look back at the Charlottesville protests one year later. To learn more about the ADL and how you can support their mission, visit their website:


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Nancy Baron-Baer