Audio Archives

From intimate lunchtime talks by our world-renowned faculty to academic conferences curated by student organizations, the Law School is continually host to some of the most groundbreaking ideas in the legal academy and beyond. Since 2005, the Law School has been committed to sharing these ideas with not only our campus community but with the world at large by making available free audio recordings of selected events. Please use the filters below to find a recording that might interest you, or use the page links at the bottom to browse through the list at your leisure.

  • October 12, 2009

    Jonathan Masur is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded October 5, 2009 as part of the Law School's annual First Monday Lecture Series.

  • September 24, 2009

    This Chicago's Best Ideas lecture was recorded May 2, 2009, as part of the Law School's annual reunion festivities. Douglas Baird is Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • September 10, 2009

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Alison Siegler, as well as students Stephanie Holmes, Brynn Lyerly, Emma Mittelstaedt, Chris Stanton, Daniel Bork, Kristin Love, and James Burnham, discuss the work of the...

  • August 27, 2009

    We are all familiar with the Nanny State: governments telling us what we can put in our bodies, to wear seatbelts, not to talk on our cell phones while driving, and so on. But governments are not the only institutions that act paternalistically—we are...

  • August 13, 2009

    This talk was recorded May 1, 2009, at the University of Chicago Law School's annual Loop Luncheon. Richard Epstein is James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • 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.

  • July 17, 2009

    In its classic form, a “decisive” pitched battle was a beautifully contained event, lasting a single day, killing only combatants, and resolving legal questions of immense significance. Yet since the mid-nineteenth century, pitched battles no longer decide wars, which now routinely degenerate...

  • June 12, 2009

    Gary Haugen is a 1991 graduate of the Law School and President and CEO of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. He received the Law School's Distinguished Citizen Award. Richard...

  • June 4, 2009

    The Enlightenment took us from a world of Empire to an Age of Reason and equality in the public sphere. But it left the private spheres of culture and religion in the Dark Ages of imposition and unreason. In the Enlightenment worldview, freedom in the public sphere is freedom itself.

  • May 28, 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....