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 18, 2010

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School.  Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School from 1993 to 1999.  He also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90).  He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.  This talk was sponsored by the Criminal Law Society and was recorded on February 22, 2010.

March 2, 2010

This debate was sponsored by ACS and the ACLU, and was recorded on 2/10/10. Geoffrey R. Stone is Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professorat the University of Chicago Law School. M. Todd Henderson is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Martin H. Redish is Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northwestern University School of Law.

February 18, 2010

This debate, moderated by Dean Michael Schill, was sponsored by The Federalist Society and was recorded February 4, 2010. Ilya Somin is Associate Professor at George Mason University School of Law. Saul Levmore is William B. Graham Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

February 4, 2010

Justice Sachs was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court, from which he retired this fall. Justice Sachs' career in human rights activism started at the age of seventeen, when as a law student in Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. The bulk of his work at the Cape Bar involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws.

Justice Sachs is the first Richard & Ann Silver Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago. This talk was recorded on February 2, 2010, and was sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Society.

January 22, 2010

Ganesh Natarajan is President & CEO of Mindcrest, the world's first legal outsourcing company; Teju Deshpande is Vice President for Client Services at Mindcrest. This talk was recorded January 10, 2010 and sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association.

January 7, 2010

Harvey Silverglate is of counsel to the Boston law firm of Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt & Duncan LLP, and is a practicing lawyer who specializes in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. This event was recorded on November 18, 2009 and was sponsored by the ACLU and the Criminal Law Society.

December 28, 2009

Stewart Verdery is the founder of Monument Policy Group, and served as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This talk was recorded on November 9, 2009 and was sponsored by the Federalist Society.

December 10, 2009

Jeffrey Haas is a 1967 graduate of the Law School and was one of the founders of People's Law Office. He was introduced by Clinical Professor of Law Randolph Stone. This talk was recorded November 9, 2009 and was sponsored by the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, BLSA, and the Criminal Law Society.

November 26, 2009

What does "international law" mean? Does it even exist? How can one become an international lawyer? What do international lawyers do? Tom Ginsburg holds a Ph.D. and J.D. from Berkeley, and is a world-renowned comparative constitutional law scholar. In addition to the University of Chicago, he has taught at the University of Illinois, Kyushu University Faculty of Law, Seoul National University, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Tokyo Law School, and The University of Trento. He was a legal advisor in The Hague at the US-Iran Claims Tribunal, and has worked at the U.S. Dept. of State, Mekong Region Law Center, The Supreme Court of Mongolia, The Asia Foundation, The Supreme Administrative Court of Montenegro, and many others.

Professor Ginsburg was also a consultant to the Judicial Commission of Afghanistan, currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, and won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for one of his books, Judicial Review in New Democracies.

This talk was recorded October 27, 2009 and was sponsored by the International Law Society and the Office of Career Services.

November 12, 2009

Deanell Reece Tacha is a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. This talk was recorded October 26, 2009 and sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School chapter of the Federalist Society.