Faculty Podcast

Panel: “Will the Supreme Court Make Disparate Impact Disappear?”

A panel discussion with John Relman, Jeff Leslie, Lee Fennell, and Tara Ramchandani

As part of the Law School's Diversity Month, the panelists discuss the pending Supreme Court Case, "Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project."

Participating faculty: 
Jeff Leslie
Participating faculty: 
Lee Fennell

Martha Minow, "Forgiveness, Law and Justice"

Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School,with comments by Martha Nussbaum, Aziz Huq, and Michael Schill.

Participating faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum
Participating faculty: 
Aziz Huq

Richard McAdams, "How Law Works Expressively"

Although people sometimes violate the law, there is more legal compliance than we can explain by ordinary economic theory – that legal sanctions deter noncompliance. In some domains of international law and constitutional law, there is no credible threat of legal sanctions, yet there is compliance.

Participating faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams
Related article: 
Why Do People Obey the Law?

Baude, Harel, & McAdams, "How Should We Interpret our Constitutions?"

How Should We Interpret our Constitutions? 

A Debate between Professors Baude and Harel

Moderated by Professor McAdams

Participating faculty: 
William Baude
Participating faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams

Adam Chilton, "Why We Know Very Little About the Effectiveness of International Law, and How Experiments Might Help to Change That"

While scholars in most fields argue about how laws can be changed to maximize their effectiveness, scholars of international law still regularly debate whether many of the most prominent international agreements have any effect on state behavior.

Participating faculty: 
Adam Chilton

Richard Posner, Empirical Legal Studies Conference keynote

Richard A. Posner, Senior Lecturer in Law and a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, devoted a lunchtime keynote to discussing how judges might receive and view empirical research.

Participating faculty: 
Richard A. Posner

Saul Levmore, "How Does Law Work? Concentration and Distribution Strategies"

Two of the best ideas of the last half-century describe strategies for using legal remedies to solve social problems. One is the concentration of liability on a well-situated problem solver, or “least cost-avoider,” who can always contract out the work to be done (thus reflecting Chicago’s Very Best and Biggest Idea, the Coase Theorem).

Participating faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Driver, Nou & Strauss, "Constitutional ​Interpretation ​at ​the ​Roberts ​Court"

Supreme ​Court ​Preview: ​ Constitutional ​Interpretation ​at ​the ​Roberts ​Court 

Hear Professors ​Justin ​Driver, ​Jennifer ​Nou, ​and ​David ​Strauss​ discuss ​what ​divides ​the ​current ​Court ​and ​what ​unites ​it. ​Their ​lecture ​will ​be ​followed ​by ​a ​lively ​Q&A ​session ​with ​alumni ​and ​guests ​in ​attendance.

Participating faculty: 
Justin Driver
Participating faculty: 
Jennifer Nou
Participating faculty: 
David A. Strauss

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, "The Honor and Burden of Being First: Judge Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench"

Professor Brown-Nagin's talk examines the legacy of The Honorable Constance Baker Motley—and break new ground in the study of civil rights, women's rights, and the legal profession. A protégée of Thurgood Marshall, Motley litigated in southern courtrooms during the 1940s and 1950s, when women lawyers scarcely appeared before the bar.

M. Todd Henderson, "Do Judges Follow the Law?"

In a naïve model of judging, Congress writes statutes, which courts know about and then slavishly apply. But a Chicago lawyer might doubt this model, believing judges are maximizing something other than compliance with the law.

Participating faculty: 
M. Todd Henderson