Faculty Podcast

Jonathan Masur, "Deference Mistakes"

Suppose a court holds in the context of a habeas petition that a constitutional right is not yet “clearly established.”  Can we conclude from this that the right does not exist?  The answer, of course, is “no”—it would be error to treat this case as having held that there is no such right.

Participating faculty: 
Jonathan Masur

Tracey L. Meares, "Police Reform and Public Security"

Keynote address for the University of Chicago Law School Legal Forum Symposium 2015: Policing the Police

First published in 1985, the University of Chicago Legal Forum is the Law School’s second-oldest journal. The Legal Forum is a student-edited journal that focuses on a single cutting-edge legal issue every year, presenting an authoritative and timely approach to a particular topic.

Participating faculty: 
Geoffrey R. Stone

Moshe Halbertal, "Three Concepts of Human Dignity"

Human Dignity has become a central value in political and constitutional thought. Yet its meaning and scope, and its relation to other moral and political values such as autonomy and rights have been elusive. The lecture will explicate the value of Human Dignity through the exploration of three distinct ways in which dignity is violated.

Participating faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum

Mary Anne Case, "Fifty Years of Griswold v. Connecticut"

It's birth control's fiftieth birthday! Professor Case will be discussing what Griswold—the landmark case that began the process of invalidating legal prohibitions on the use of birth control—looks like in the aftermath of Hobby Lobby and Obergefell.

Mary Anne Case is the Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law and convener of the Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex and Gender.

Participating faculty: 
Mary Anne Case

Panel: Theory Meets Practice: Dynamic Changes in the Election Law Landscape


  • Don Harmon, JD’95, Illinois State Senator
  • Dan Johnson, JD’00, Progressive Public Affairs
  • Blake Sercye, JD'11, Associate, Jenner & Block
  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Assistant Professor of Law

Hosted by the University of Chicago Law School’s Regional Alumni Committee at Skadden Arps in Chicago. Recorded October 13, 2015.

Participating faculty: 
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Saul Levmore, "What Do Lawmakers Do?"

Lawmakers respond to constituents, seek higher office, have lofty goals, and even learn from their mistakes. But do they actually make the world a better place? In this lecture, the first of this year’s Chicago’s Best Ideas series, Professor Levmore examines some aspects of lawmaking that do not make their way into the law school curriculum.

Participating faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Laura ​Weinrib, ​"Labor, ​Lochner, ​and ​the ​First ​Amendment"

Laura Weinrib, Assistant ​Professor ​of ​Law ​and ​Herbert ​and ​Marjorie ​Fried ​Teaching ​Scholar, is a 2003 graduate of Harvard Law School. She completed her PhD in history at Princeton University in 2011. In 2000, she received an AB in literature and an AM in comparative literature from Harvard University. After law school, Weinrib clerked for Judge Thomas L.

Participating faculty: 
Laura Weinrib

Axel Honneth, “Three, Not Two, Concepts of Liberty”

Even for those among us who are not altogether convinced by Isaiah Berlin's famous essay "Two Concepts of Liberty," it has by now become commonplace to adopt a distinction between "negative" and "positive" liberties that largely coincides with the one he offered.

Participating faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum
Participating faculty: 
Michael H. Schill
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