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.)


October 29, 2009

This panel discussion was recorded on October 20, 2009 and was sponsored by Outlaw, the Law School Democrats, and the Law School Republicans. Mary Anne Case is Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School; Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School; David Strauss is Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School; and James Madigan is Class of '00 and Lecturer in at the University of Chicago Law School.

October 16, 2009

Alison Siegler is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and is the Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Federal Criminal Justice Project. This talk was recorded On October 15, 2009 and sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society.

August 6, 2009

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow (on leave) at the Brookings Institution.   Dr. Bloche recently worked with the Obama campaign to help draft Obama's health proposal, and has written for a variety of publications, including leading law reviews, the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, and the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. His recent written work has considered physicians' conflicts of loyalty, problems that arise from uncertainty over the value of medical treatment, and the health policy implications of individuals' contradictory desires. This talk was recorded May 5, 2009 and sponsored by the Health Law Society.

May 27, 2009

David Weisbach is Walter J. Blum Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Program in Law and Economics. This talk was recorded April 22, 2009 and was sponsored by the Environmental Law Society.

May 15, 2009

Jason M. Schultz is the Acting Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Before joining Berkeley as a faculty member in the Samuelson Clinic, he was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the leading digital rights groups in the world. Prior to EFF, he practiced intellectual property law at the firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. This talk was recorded April 16, 2009, and was sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Society.

May 6, 2009

Jeremy Epstein is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago where he teaches a seminar about litigating title disputes in art law. He is a partner in the Litigation Group of Shearman & Sterling and, from 1995-2000, served as head of the Litigation Department. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions litigation, securities litigation, antitrust, criminal defense and litigation involving the fine arts. He received his JD from Yale University and his BA from Columbia University. This talk was recorded April 20, 2009 and was sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association.

April 9, 2009

This discussion, the inaugural event of the International Human Rights Society, explored the role rights discourse can and should play in advocacy for renewed efforts towards immigration reform under the Obama administration. Adam Cox and Rosalind Dixon are Assistant Professors of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

April 1, 2009

Robert A. Levy is chairman of the Cato Institute's board of directors. He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business. He also sits on boards of the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society, and the George Mason University School of Law. This talk was recorded December 2, 2008 and was sponsored by the Federalist Society.

March 19, 2009

Lozano v. Hazleton is the first legal challenge to a local anti-illegal-immigrant ordinance.  The ordinance was struck down by a federal district court in 2007, and the case is currently on appeal in the Third Circuit.  

Witold "Vic" Walczak served as co-lead counsel in Lozano v. Hazleton, and has been the Legal Director for the ACLU-PA since 2004.  Besides specializing in free-speech and religious-liberty cases, Vic has handled nationally significant cases involving challenges to widespread police misconduct, substandard public-defender services, and the Secret Service’s use of “protest zones” to shield former President Bush from demonstrators. In 2005, Vic was one of three lawyers who successfully tried Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the first case challenging the teaching in public schools of “intelligent design."

This talk, which was recorded on February 23, 2008, was sponsored by the ACLU and introduced by Professor Adam Cox.

March 5, 2009

Gary Becker is University Professor, Departments of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago and winner of the 1992 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the National Medal of Science in 2000. Michael Boykins is an attorney and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee at McDermott, Will, and Emery. This talk was recorded February 26, 2009 and was sponsored by BLSA.