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.)


August 5, 2010

Sebastien Gay is Lecturer in Economics at the University of Chicago; Tom Johnson is Executive Director of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. This talk, hosted by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, was recorded May 13, 2010, as part of the 2nd Annual Animal Law Week, sponsored by the McCormick Companion Animals Fund.

July 22, 2010

Henry Henderson is Program Director of the NRDC's Midwest Office. Shannon Fisk is the lead litigation attorney in the Midwest Office regarding coal power plants. This talk was recorded on April 22, 2010 and was sponsored by the Environmental Law Society.

July 8, 2010

Robin Steinberg is Executive Director of The Bronx Defenders. This talk was recorded on April 26, 2010, and was sponsored by the Public Interest Law Society.

June 24, 2010

Ruth Gavison, PhD, is one of Israel's leading public intellectuals and legal thinkers. She is currently serving as Haim H. Cohn Professor of Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she teaches legal theory and human rights. Gavison is a founding member of the Israeli Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and has served for many years as its Chairperson, as well as its President in the years 1996-1999. She has won numerous national and international prizes for her work, including the Emet Prize for Law and Political Science for her academic and public activities in promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Israel. Her talk focused on the challenges of constitution-making in Israel, one of the few societies without a single authoritative document called a constitution.

This lecture, which was recorded May 5, 2010, was sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association, the International Law Society, and the Center for Jewish Studies.

June 10, 2010

Speakers, including Douglas Baird (Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law), M. Todd Henderson (Assistant Professor of Law), Eric Posner (Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law), and Richard Holden, (Assistant Professor and Neubauer Faculty Fellow, Booth School) addressed the legal sufficiency of the SEC's claims, the economics of fraud, the policy (and politics) motivating recent events, and more. This event was recorded on May 19, 2010 and sponsored by Law, Inc.

May 27, 2010

Richard Shweder is William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development at the University of Chicago. Adam Kissel, is Director, Individual Rights Defense Program at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. This panel was recorded on May 6, 2010 as part of a student-organized campus-wide Academic Freedom Symposium that was sponsored by (among others), the ACLU, ACS, and the Federalist Society.

May 13, 2010

This discussion, which featured Andreas Baum '12, Brian Rowe '10, and Curtis Strong '10, was recorded April 29, 2010 and was sponsored by the International Law Society.

April 27, 2010

Jane Montgomery and Joshua More are partners at Schiff Hardin; Mark Palmero is EPA Associate Counsel Region 5. This talk was recorded April 19, 2010 and sponsored by the Environmental Law Society.

April 15, 2010

This talk was recorded April 7, 2010, and was sponsored by the Public Interest Law Society at the University of Chicago Law School. It featured: 

  • Professor Adam Cox, Moderator
  • Susan GzeshSenior Lecturer and Executive Director of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program, who will speak about using the framework of international human rights to evaluate migration policy options.
  • Maria Woltjen, Lecturer in Law and Director of the Immigrant Child Advocacy Project at the University of Chicago, who will speak about making the case for a change in the law by using international standards to advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children who are detained by the U.S. government.
  • Ahilan Arulanantham, Lecturer in Law and Director of Immigrants’ Rights and National Security at the ACLU of Southern California, who will speak about domestic policy and impact litigation for immigrants’ rights.
  • Fred Tsao, Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, who will speak about the state-level political organizing taking place for immigration reform in Illinois.
April 1, 2010

This song from "All You Need is Law: Because Love is Inefficient," the 2010 University of Chicago Law School Musical, was written by Bill Weaver '10, and performed by Matt Kopko '11.