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.)


May 10, 2012

Joyce Tischler is co-founder of the Animal Rights Defense Fund. This talk was recorded on April 4, 2012 and was sponsored by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

April 26, 2012

“Modern Developments in Farmed Animal Law” with David Wolfson, Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, Adjunct Professor at NYU Law School, Partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP was recored on April 3, 2012.

April 12, 2012

David Favre is Professor of Law & The Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law at the Michigan State University College of Law. This talk was recorded on April 2, 2012.

February 2, 2012

Dan Currell, '97, and Anna Ivey, '97, both graduated from the Law School fifteen years ago. They both started their careers practicing law at large law firms, and fairly quickly realized that their talents, education, and skills could open other doors. Through hard work and a lot of creative career thinking, Dan and Anna both found the jobs they were born to do. Though their jobs are very different, both Dan and Anna come in contact with a lot of lawyers and law students, and both do large amounts of research on trends in the legal profession. At this session, recorded January 24, 2011, they’ll share their knowledge with you.

Upon graduating from law school, Anna Ivey practiced in Los Angeles, working with clients such as Disney, AOL Time Warner, Williams-Sonoma, Hewlett-Packard, CSFB, and Mattel in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and public and private financings. She later practiced entertainment law, working on the financing of major motion pictures starring actors such as Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, and Renee Zellweger. She then served as Dean of Admissions at the Law School. She saw over and over again what people had done right...and where they had gone off course. Inspired to help applicants navigate the application process, she founded Ivey Consulting and assembled a first-rate team of experts to coach college, law school, and business school applicants one-on-one.

Dan Currell is an Executive Director with the Corporate Integrity practice of the Corporate Executive Board, providing management research and services to legal, compliance, audit and risk executives. Working with the Corporate Executive Board since 1999, Dan has presented the Board’s management research to over 700 executive and board audiences in North and South America, Europe,Africa and Australia. His work at CEB has included research and presentations on legal, compliance, internal audit, audit committee, HR, corporate strategy, and corporate real estate issues. Prior to joining the Corporate Executive Board, Dan practiced commercial litigation. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and has an office at the Corporate Executive Board’s headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Lunch generously provided by the Corporate Executive Board.

Brought to you by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Career Services.

January 19, 2012

This Diversity Month event, recorded on January 13, 2011, featured lawyers from ethnic minority groups who spoke to students about working in different areas of law. Lawyers from government, academia, public interest, traditional law firm, non-traditional law firms were invited. Speakers included Harpreet Chahal, Glenn McKeon, and Oscar Alcantara. Organized by the Black Law Students Association, Latino/a Law Students Association and South Asian Law Students Association. Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

December 22, 2011

Charlotte Walker-Said is a Human Rights Lecturer at the University of Chicago and an African historian by training. Recently, her research has focused on gender, religion, governance, and economic expansion in West and Equatorial Africa. In her capacity as an Africanist, she has also contributed to studies conducted by non-governmental organizations and multilateral institutions operating in Africa. She received her doctoral degree in December 2009 from the Department of History at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her first book, tentatively titled, "Traditional Marriage for the Modern Nation: Family Formation and the Politics of Religion in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cameroon" will reveal the complex nature of religion, sexuality, nationalism, and family law in Cameroon. This talk, which was recorded on December 1, 2011, was sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

December 8, 2011

Illinois operates nine inpatient psychiatric facilities housing approximately 1300 persons.  Faced with a substantial budget deficit, on September 8, 2011, the State announced its intention to close three of these facilities.  The State has also announced that it does not intend to fund alternative services in the community.  Because inpatient care is generally brief, each hospital bed serves several dozen persons each.  Thus, the reduction in bed capacity.will deny services to several thousand persons with serious mental illnesses each year.  The Mental Health Advocacy Project has been asked to help prevent these closures.  Chris Skene ‘12, Jeff Carroll ‘12, David Pi ‘13 and Mark Heyrman will describe our litigation and other strategies designed to either prevent the closures or force the state to fund alternative services. This talk sponsored by the Clinical Law Program and the Disability Law Society, was recorded on November 28, 2011.

November 30, 2011

This panel was recorded on November 17, 2011, and was sponsored by The Intellectual Property Law Society and Richard Linn American Inn of Court. The panel included:

  • Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer, U.S. District Judge, NDIL ('79) 
  • Lior Strahilevitz, Deputy Dean and Sidley Austin Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School 
  • David Applegate, Partner, Williams Montgomery & John ('78) 
  • Aaron Barlow, Partner, Jenner & Block ('89) 
  • Deirdre Fox, Counsel, Schoeman Updike & Kaufman ('90) 
  • Richard Assmus, Partner, Mayer Brown (College '95) 
  • Chris Carani, Shareholder, McAndrews Held & Malloy ('99)
  • Discussion Moderator: Molly Mosley-Goren, Analyst, IPD Analytics
November 11, 2011
Neighbors and BLSA hosted a panel on public education on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.  The following questions are a sample of the issues discussed:
  • What does law have to do with education/education reform?
  • What is currently the biggest opportunity and the biggest obstacle in working with labor management?
  • Chicago is currently home to 100 schools with 50% or less enrollment. How do you resolve this inefficiency and still make sure the children attending those schools are adequately educated?
  • How much do charter schools matter?
  • Illinois currently ranks 49th out of 50th for in-state investment in public schools.  We are entirely dependent on property taxes, which leads to some of the most inequitable school funding in our nation. How do we resolve this? What role will school finance litigation play? How do we distribute resources fairly in this system?
  • How do we design a system that will account for all students? For example, how do we account for the students whose parents may not be sufficiently proactive to seek out a charter school education for their children?
Professor Emily Buss served as the moderator for this event.  Professor Buss is the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law at the Law School. 
The following distinguished panelists were in attendance:
Lisa Caridine (Hearing Officer) and/or Cheryl Colston (Director), Chicago Public Schools Labor and Employee Relations.
- Brian Dougherty, a UChicago Law graduate and associate in Jenner & Block's Litigation and Public Policy Practice. Mr. Dougherty has extensive experience in the area of school reform law and has dealt with areas ranging from school funding litigation to school governance. 
Tosha Downey, a UNC Law graduate and Recruitment Manager for Schools at the Academy for Urban School Leadership.  AUSL is a nonprofit organization that has developed and implemented a unique model of reform that trains teachers in a rigorous one-year residency program and then places them in AUSL-managed turnaround schools. 
Dmitri Mehlhorn, a Yale Law graduate and the Chief Operating Officer at StudentsFirst.  StudentsFirst is a nonprofit organization created by Michelle Rhee (the former Chancellor of DC Public Schools) in 2010 to build a national movement to improve public education. Mr. Mehlhorn will be joining us all the way from Washington, DC.
Jesse Ruiz, a UChicago Law graduate and partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath. Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently appointed Mr. Ruiz as the Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education, which oversees the operations of CPS. He is also a member of the US Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. 
Lisa Scruggs, a UChicago Law graduate and partner in Jenner & Block's litigation department and chair of the firm's School Reform Law practice. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Scruggs served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chicago Public Schools' Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Scruggs has extensive experience in education reform and has received the "Commitment to Justice Award" for her work.  She has also been recognized in Education Law category of Best Lawyers for the past three years.

Thanks to Jenner & Block for their generous support of this event.

October 28, 2011

Christopher Manning is Associate Professor & Undergraduate Director in the Loyola University Chicago Department of History. This event was recorded on October 21, 2011, and was sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.