Faculty Podcast

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

A Fireside Chat with David Sacks '98, Founder and CEO of Yammer

Professor Todd Henderson leads an engaging discussion with Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks. 

Participating faculty: 
M. Todd Henderson

Laws Prohibiting Sex-Selective Abortion in the United States: Ending Gender Discrimination or Perpetuating Xenophobia?

As part of the anti-abortion movement's legislative campaign, seven states have passed bans on sex-selective abortion and many more are pending, including in Congress. Advocates of the bans argue that they are needed to prevent widespread elimination of female fetuses by Asians in the United States.

Participating faculty: 
Brian Citro

R.H. Helmholz, "Magna Carta: A European Perspective"

This talk was recorded on April 25, 2014, as the Law School's annual Loop Luncheon.

Participating faculty: 
R. H. Helmholz

Lior Strahilevitz, "Personalizing Default Rules and Disclosure with Big Data"

The laws of intestacy are the same for men and women even though preferences for how one's estate should be divided differ by gender. Peanut-allergic octogenarian men and gluten-allergic pregnant women see the same warnings on consumer products even though they are interested in seeing information that is much better tailored to them.

Participating faculty: 
Lior Strahilevitz