Audio Archives

From intimate lunchtime talks by our world-renowned faculty to academic conferences curated by student organizations, the Law School is continually host to some of the most groundbreaking ideas in the legal academy and beyond. Since 2005, the Law School has been committed to sharing these ideas with not only our campus community but with the world at large by making available free audio recordings of selected events. Please use the filters below to find a recording that might interest you, or use the page links at the bottom to browse through the list at your leisure.

  • October 3, 2008

    Karl Llewellyn taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1951 until his death in 1962. In this undated classroom recording, he takes an often light-hearted look at the implicit legal structures within what was at the time considered the "typical" American family.

  • September 4, 2008

    Adam Samaha is Assistant Professor of Law and Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded as part of the Law School's annual Loop Luncheon series on May 5, 2008....

  • August 29, 2008

    Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the factory farming campaign at the Humane Society of the United States, and Dr. Pam Martin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago and co-author of "Diet, Energy, and Global Warming," discuss the animal welfare...

  • August 22, 2008

    Gerhard Casper is President Emeritus, Stanford University, and former Dean of the University of Chicago Law School. This lecture, the 2008 Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lecture in Legal History, was recorded May 1, 2008. Prof. Casper was introduced by Dean Saul Levmore.

  • August 14, 2008

    This debate between University of Chicago Law School professors Cass Sunstein and Richard Epstein was recorded on March 3, 2008, and was cosponsored by the Federalist Society and the Black Law Students Association.

  • July 31, 2008

    Fred Roth is an Illinois attorney who has litigated against concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) developers and operators. In this talk, recorded on May 22, 2008, he discusses CAFO litigation strategies. This talk was part 2 of a series sponsored by CLAWS and the Environmental Law...

  • July 25, 2008

    In the absence of pre-cognitive superbeings and Tom Cruise, how are police and policy makers supposed to allocate scarce crime-fighting resources? There is a vibrant academic literature on predicting crime, with models of various types offered as the best way of estimating future crime rates.

  • July 17, 2008

    Thomas Shaffer is Robert and Marion Short Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School. This talk was recorded on May 13, 2008, and was sponsored by the Christian Legal Society, St. Thomas More Society, and Text and Truth.

  • July 11, 2008

    It has become commonplace in American political discourse for Christian evangelicals to assert that the United States was founded as a "Christian nation" and that in recent decades secularists have gained control and distorted our nation's founding traditions and values. In this lecture,...

  • July 3, 2008

    Bob Magnanini is Of Counsel at the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Army National Guard. He was the senior division staff officer from the 42nd Infantry Division at the World Trade Center for the two weeks following the attack of September 11, 2001 and...