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.

  • July 18, 2013

    Civil war is like pornography--we think know it when we see it. Yet ideas of civil war have a long and contested history with multiple meanings and contested applications. This lecture offers a critical history of conceptions of civil war, with special attention to its legal definition since the...

  • July 11, 2013

    Experts anticipate that four generations are now working together in the workplace, and the legal workplace is no different.  Intergenerational differences, including differences in communication preferences and workstyles, can dramatically impact the workplace, leading to friction and...

  • July 8, 2013

    Constitutions are quintessentially national documents, expressing the fundamental values of a sovereign people. They are traditionally interpreted and enforced by local constitutional courts.

  • June 27, 2013

    On April 9, 2013, the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, American Constitution Society and the Environmental Law Society presented a panel on local efforts to combat climate change: What can be done uniquely on a local level? What roles do the government, advocacy groups, and private...

  • June 20, 2013

    When President Gerald Ford nominated Edward Levi to be the Attorney General, Levi took over an office that had been marred by the corruption of the Watergate scandal. Levi's efforts to bring transparency, independence and integrity back to the Justice Department restored public confidence...

  • June 14, 2013

    Judge D. Brooks Smith sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to which he was nominated in September of 2001. He previously served on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1988 until his confirmation in 2002, serving as the...

  • June 6, 2013

    The Constitution’s amendment rule in Article V renders the text inflexible, countermajoritarian, and insensitive to important contemporary constituencies. Comparative empirical studies show that textual rigidity is not only rare in other countries’ organic documents but highly correlated...

  • May 30, 2013

    Sheli Z.Rosenberg, a member of Skadden’s Real Estate Group, joined the firm’s Chicago office in 2011. She has extensive, board-level corporate experience, in addition to her considerable knowledge of real estate law and the greater Chicago business community. She is listed as a leader in the...

  • May 23, 2013

    Todd Henderson is Professor of Law and Aaron Director Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on May 3, 2013, at the annual Loop Luncheon held in conjuction with Reunion.

  • May 16, 2013

    Professor James Kearl is the A.O. Smoot Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in economics from MIT and completed post-doctoral work at Harvard Law School. Professor Kearl was named a White House Fellow in 1983 and served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary...