Open Minds: The Student Events Podcast

Want to get a feel for what Law School students are really interested in? Our numerous student organizations sponsor frequent lectures and panel discussions by both our own faculty and distinguished visitors. (Please note that as of March 1, 2014, we'll be retiring the Open Minds podcast. However, these archives will remain and you can still find new recordings of student events on this site's audio page or our Soundcloud page.)


February 20, 2014

Nina Perales is Vice-President of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. This talk was recorded November 18, 2013.

February 6, 2014

Sandy Froman is the immediate past president of the National Rifle Association of America, only the second woman and the first Jewish American to hold that office in the 136-year history of the NRA.  Froman has served on the NRA Board of Directors since 1992 and holds a lifetime appointment on the NRA Executive Council.

As NRA president, Froman emphasized the need for federal judges who interpret and apply the Constitution--as well as any other legal document--according to its original meaning.  She also speaks of the right to keep and bear arms as especially important for women and minorities, seeking to reach those constituencies with her message of self-protection and self-sufficiency.

A native of San Francisco and a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Froman is a practicing attorney in Tucson, Arizona.  She has been a partner at several law firms and has taught at Santa Clara Law School.  She currently serves on the board of visitors of the law schools at both George Mason University and the University of Arizona.

This talk was recorded on November 7, 2013, and was sponsored by the Federalist Society.

January 23, 2014

Christina Hoff Sommers is an American author and former philosophy professor who is known for her critique of late 20th century feminism, and her writings about feminism in contemporary American culture.  She has written several books on the topic, including Who Stole Feminism?How Women Have Betrayed Women, and The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.

Sommers earned her B.A. at New York University and Ph.D. in philosophy from Brandeis University.  A former philosophy professor in Ethics at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.  She is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the nonpartisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.  She has spoken and participated in debates at over one hundred college campuses and served on the national advisory board of the Independent Women's Forum.

Professor Mary Anne Case provided commentary. 

This talk was recorded November 6, 2013, and was sponsored by the Federalist Society.

January 9, 2014

Santiago Legarre is Professor, Department of Law, at Universidad Católica Argentina. This talk was recorded on November 5, 2013, and sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society.

December 27, 2013

Josh Blackman is an Assistant Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law.  He specializes in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, and the intersection of law and technology. Professor Blackman is the founder and President of the Harlan Institute, the founder of, and a blogger at

Professor Blackman clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

This talk, which featured commentary by Assistant Professor of Law Nicholas Stephanopoulos, was recorded on November 4, 2013, and was sponsored by the Federalist Society.

December 12, 2013

Ted Frank is a lawyer, activist, legal writer and blogger, based in Washington, D.C. He is noted for writing the vetting report for vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin for the John McCain campaign in the 2008 presidential election. He is the founder and president of the Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF), established in 2009. Mr. Frank is particularly active in protecting consumers from their own class action lawyers, in product liability, and in civil procedure. The Wall Street Journal has referred to him as "a leading tort-reform advocate." Frank graduated from the Brandeis University in 1991 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1994. This talk was recorded on October 15, 2013, and sponsored by the Federalist Society. Anthony Casey provided commentary.

December 3, 2013

Roger Clegg is President and General Counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity. He focuses on legal issues arising from civil rights laws--including the regulatory impact on business and the problems in higher education created by affirmative action. A former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Reagan and Bush administrations, Clegg held the second highest positions in both the Civil Rights Division (1987-91) and in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (1991-93). He has held several other positions at the U.S. Justice Department, including Assistant to the Solicitor General (1985-87), Associate Deputy Attorney General (1984-85), and Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy (1984). Clegg is a graduate of Yale University Law School (1981).

Jeff Manza (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1995) is Professor of Sociology and the former Chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University.  Before coming to NYU, he taught at Penn State (1996-98) and Northwestern (1998-2006), where he served as the Associate Director and then Acting Director of the Institute for Policy Research.  His teaching and research interests lay at the intersection of inequality, political sociology, and public policy.  In collaboration with Christopher Uggen, he has been involved in a long-term project that has examined the causes and consequences of felon disenfranchisement in the United States; their book Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy (Oxford University Press 2006) is the standard work on the topic, and Manza and Uggen have provided advice and expert testimony to a variety of political organizations, courts, and legislative bodies dealing with the right to vote for convicted and former felons.

This event was recorded on October 17, 2013. It was moderated by Lecturer in Law Lisa Noller, and sponsored by BLSA, Defenders, and The Federalist Society.

November 14, 2013

Helen Wan is Associate General Counsel at the Time Inc. division of Time Warner.  Before that, she practiced corporate and media law in firms in New York.  Born in California and raised near Washington, D.C., Wan is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law.  Helen will be discussing her new book The Partner Track and its major themes including:

  • Cultural & gender diversity in the work place
  • Glass ceilings for minority women and women in high powered jobs
  • Best practices for top firms and companies to attack and retain minority and female talent
  • Empowering women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups to succeed 
  • Balancing a demanding career as a lawyer with a writing life 

This talk was recorded on November 6, 2013 and was sponsored by Law Womens' Caucus and APALSA.

October 31, 2013

Paul Rosenzweig is a cum laude graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He received his master’s degree in chemical oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, and his bachelor of arts degree from Haverford College. From 2002 to 2005, Rosenzweig was senior legal research fellow in Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, where his specialties included civil liberties, national security and criminal law. He then served as deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Homeland Security and as acting assistant secretary for international affairs. In four years at DHS, he developed policy, strategic plans and global approaches to homeland security, ranging from immigration and border security to avian flu and international rules for data protection. He became a visiting fellow at Heritage in 2010. He is a senior editor for Journal of National Security Law & Policy and a professorial lecturer in law at the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Professor Huq is an Assistant Professor of Law and Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar at the Law School. He earned his BA summa cum laude in international studies and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD from Columbia Law School where he was awarded the John Ordronaux Prize. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty, Professor Huq was the Director of the Liberty and National Security Project of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.

This talk was recorded on October 8, 2013, and sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society.

October 17, 2013

Ms. Ho is the co-chair of the U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice at Morgan Lewis. She received her J.D., with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was named to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, she was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review, articles editor of The University of Chicago Legal Forum, editor-in-chief of the symposium issue of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a recipient of both the Anne Watson Barber Award for Outstanding Service and the Caspar Platt Award for best paper written by a law school student. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Rice University, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Ho is an accomplished appellate and constitutional lawyer with a distinguished record of government service. She has served at the highest levels of government, including acting as special assistant to the President and counselor to the US Attorney General.. As special assistant to the President, she was responsible for briefing the President on a wide range of legal issues. John Rappaport is a Bigelow Fellow at the Law School. This talk was recorded on October 10, 2013, and sponsored by the Federalist Society.