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.)


March 21, 2013

Jeff Anderson is Associate Dean for Leadership Development at the Booth School of Business. This talk was recorded on February 12, 2013 and sponosored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

March 7, 2013

Professor Harvey Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University. He received his AB and his PhD from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard since 1962. Professor Mansfield is a preeminent scholar of political philosophy and government, having written on or translated works by Aristotle, Edmund Burke, Thomas Hobbes, and Alexis de Tocqueville. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, and the Sidney Hook Memorial Award.

Bigelow Fellow Vince Buccola provided commentary.

This talk was recorded on February 18, 2013, and sponsored by the Federalist Society.

February 21, 2013

This discussion, sponsored by ACS and the Disability Law Society, was held on February 12, 2013.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law
  • Professor Mark Heyrman, Clinical Professor and Director of the Mandel Clinic's Mental Health Project
  • Dr. Michael Tansey, Clinical Psychologist
  • Nina Vinik, Program Director for the Joyce Foundation's Gun Violence and Gun Control Prevention Program
  • Jadine Chou, Head of CPS School Safety
February 7, 2013

Professor Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center. After getting his bachelor's from Northwestern University and his law degree from Harvard Law School, Professor Barnett was a prosecutor in the Cook County States' Attorney's Office. He then took several academic positions before coming to GULC in 2006. Professor Barnett is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. In 2004, he argued the case of Gonzales v Raich before the Supreme Court after winning in the Ninth Circuit. His books include The Structure of Liberty and Restoring the Lost Constitution

January 24, 2013

This discussion was recorded January 23, 2013 and was sponsored by the Federalist Society.

November 21, 2012

This discussion, featuring Clinical Professor of Law Herschella Conyers, Brooke Whitted (Whitted, Cleary, and Takiff, LLC), and Lam Ho (Equip for Equality) was recorded on October 12, 2012 and sponsored by the Disability Law Society.

November 8, 2012

This talk was recorded on October 12, 2012 and sponsored by Bloomberg Law, The Office of the Dean of Students and the Moot Court Board.

October 25, 2012

George Walker has worked extensively to promote and leverage the world’s greatest resource - its people. As an employee, board member, and volunteer his focus on strategic partnerships advances ideas and plans that harness innovative opportunities and achieve results. In February 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to be a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). George also serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. He oversees efforts to increase programmatic partnerships that advance programmatic and diversity goals among corporate, foundation, and other nonprofit partners on behalf of LGBT public leaders.

This talk, subtitled "How to use identity politics to create a more perfect union," was recorded on September 28, 2012 and sponsored by Outlaw, BLSA, and the Office of the Dean of Students.

July 19, 2012

Todd Itami, rising third-year student in the University of Chicago Law School, moderates a debate on the constitutionality of President Obama's healthcare program at an event on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the University of Chicago Law School. Over the course of an hour, Richard Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School, debate the merits and flaws of the controversial healthcare program. The event was hosted by the Federalist Society.

May 24, 2012

Sponsored by BLSA, this event on May 14, 2012, featured attorneys from Paul Hastings, LLP, discussing the details of and differences between litigation and transactional law practices and share their thoughts on steps students can take to figure out which path is right for them.