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.)


April 14, 2011

The University of Chicago Student Animal Legal Defense Fund proudly presents the 3rd Annual Animal Law Week, generously supported by The McCormick Companions' Fund.  On Monday, April 11th, Adam M. Roberts discusses lions, bears, and bushmeat in his presentation: "Working to Keep Wildlife in the Wild."  Mr. Roberts is the Executive Vice President of Born Free USA.  He is an expert in international wildlife trade and captive wild animals.  Mr. Roberts serves on the Board of Directors of the Species Survival Network and is a Member of the Board of Humane USA.  In 2003, he founded The $10 Club, an organization that funds poverty alleviation projects in developing countries.  To date, the organization has supported work in nearly 50 countries.  Mr. Roberts is a graduate of Vassar College.

March 17, 2011

This debate between Geof Stone (Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School) and Alexander Tsesis (Assistant Professor of Law, Loyoal University Chicago) was recorded on February 14, 2011 and was sponsopred by APALSA, BLSA, and Outlaw.

March 3, 2011

Fresh from his oral argument before the Supreme Court in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (a First Amendment challenge to California's ban on the sale of "violent" video games to minors and the topic for the moot court competition in the fall), Mr. Smith will survey cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; Proposition 8; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; and more. Mr. Smith is a partner at Jenner & Block's DC office, a member of the firm's governing Policy Committe, and the recipient of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities' 2010 Thurgood Marshall Award in recognition of his work promoting LGBT rights, voting rights, and the freedom of speech. His previous oral arguments before the Supreme Court include Celotex Corp. v. Catrett and Lawrence v. Texas

This talk was recorded on January 19, 2011 and was sponsored by ACS, Outlaw, and the Dean of Students Office.

February 17, 2011

This event was recorded on January 20, 2011 and was sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, Latino/Latina Law Students Association, and Outlaw, as well as by Kirkland & Ellis.

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February 3, 2011

This student panel, sponsored by the International Law Society, APALSA, China Law Society, and the Office of Career Services, was recorded November 18, 2010.

January 20, 2011

Sida Liu, an expert on the state and reform of the Chinese legal system and professor at both Wisconsin-Madison and Shanghai JiaoTong University, presents on the growth and globalization of the Chinese legal market in the aftermath of the financial crisis. This talk was recorded on January 13, 2011 and was sponsored by the China Law Society.

December 9, 2010

Speakers included Jill Wolowitz, Jennifer Robbins, and David Susler. This talk was recorded on December 2, 2010, and was sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

November 30, 2010

In this talk, recorded on November 29th, 2010, the panelists discussed how they built a career in international law, both in business and in the pro bono community. Panelists included Lee Garner (Skadden Arps), Justin Heather (Skadden Arps), and John McLees (Baker & McKenzie).

Sponsored by the Latino/a Law Students Association and the International Law Society. Funding provided in part by the Office of Career Services.

November 11, 2010

Paul Clement is a Partner at King & Spalding and a former United States Solicitor General. This talk was recorded October 22, 2010, as the keynote address of the Legal Forum Symposium, "Governance and Power."

October 28, 2010

This panel, which was recorded on October 21, 2010, was sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Moot Court Board. Speakers included Carolyn Frantz (Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP), Catherine Masters (Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLP), Martha Pacold (Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP), Barry Sullivan (Professor of Law, Loyal University of Chicago School of Law), and Josh Yount (Partner, Mayer Brown). The panel was moderated by Senior Lecturer Dennis Hutchinson.