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Fri Jan 12 // 6:00 pm

Pregame Your Brain: The Law

Presented by Caveat

Get some post-work drinks in your face, and some brand new knowledge in your brain! Several stations of experts on the week’s theme will be set up around the bar – grab a drink, and choose your own adventure. Each expert has a 10 minute speed-lesson, so you can get the basics or go deep.  Each week features experts on a different topic, so come back next week for all-new stuff!


This week’s theme: THE LAW

So you've watched 93848757 episodes of Law & Order, but do you actually know how the laws that are passed every day affect YOUR life? Or that in New York City it is illegal to walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in your pocket? THE COURT WILL COME TO ORDER a beer, and stay for the crazy and useful law talk. 


Event: 6:00 - 8:00pm (presentations will rotate, come by anytime)

Tickets: FREE with RSVP; $5 at the door



Olivia Gonzalez - Sex and Cake

The limits of religious freedom, free expression, and the same-sex wedding cake case before the Supreme Court: The Supreme Court is currently considering a case where a baker refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because it "violated his freedom of expression" under the first amendment. Learn about the tension between religious freedom and individual rights in the case and how/whether the court will resolve it in a way that protects gay couples and other minorities in the US.

Olivia Gonzalez is an attorney at Brown Rudnick LLP. She received a masters from Oxford University where she specialized in legal approaches to encryption and internet privacy law. She received her J.D. from Fordham Law and her B.A. in Philosophy from NYU. 



John Knefel - The Law Is A Weapon.

Activists arrested while protesting Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20 are facing 60+ years in prison for felony counts of rioting and conspiracy. Their ongoing trial is meant to send a clear signal to activists that prosecutors will pursue the maximum conceivable set of charges in cases of leftwing protest.  Learn the best methods for resisting! 

John Knefel is a staff writer on Comedy Central's The President Show. He is also an independent journalist covering civil liberties and human rights whose work has been published in Rolling Stone, The Nation, Buzzfeed, the Village Voice, and other national media outlets. He co-hosts Radio Dispatch, a daily political podcast, with his sister Molly.
Sam Griffel - Riding the Bench
The federal judiciary is under attack and we may be running out of time to save it. When we talk about judges, we usually think of The Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch nomination, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health, the lower courts is where this administration is creating a potentially greater lasting impact.  Come learn how we got there and whether there is anything we can do to stop the Trumpification of our courts.
Sam Griffel is a writer and lawyer who has worked everywhere from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to Jimmy Kimmel Live!  He obtained his degree from UCLA School of Law specializing in Entertainment and Media Studies and is admitted to practice in New York.  He most recently was the Sr. Researcher on Comedy Central's The President Show. 


Kourtni Beebe vs. Nutribullet

Kourtni is currently in a lawsuit against the company Nutribullet. She was injured while using one two and a half years ago. She’ll be talking about what happened in her accident and the process of going forward with a lawsuit against a large company.

Kourtni Beebe is an actress from Oklahoma who’s lived in NYC for over 6 years. She’s worked on multiple productions including Inside Amy Schumer, Nightcap, Law & Order: SVU, Orange is the New Black, Saturday Night Live, and more. She recently finished working on a film called Brittany Runs A Marathon where she doubled for comedian, Jillian Bell. She can be seen performing with her 2 sketch teams “Chillionaire” (Magnet Theatre), and “17:38” (The PIT Loft). You can also watch her YouTube series Friends After Fat Camp.


Mary Canter - Damn the Man, Buy A Home
Think you're too broke to own a home? Think again! Adverse possession is nine-tenths of the law--but you have to know how to use it. Learn how to stop paying rent, damn the man and come out on top. 
Mary Canter is in-house counsel for Rosetta Stone. She is an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience supporting international and corporate transactions. She has negotiated and structured numerous joint ventures, licensing deals, and acquisitions. She is admitted to the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Tax Court. Mary is also an improviser and comedian.She performs regularly with indie team The Haunt.