Faculty Podcast

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

Barbara Herman, "The Moral Side of Non-Negligence"

Legal discussions of negligence focus on issues of harm, fault, and remedy in the context of failure to exercise reasonable care.  The point of orientation is the negligent event.  In this talk I want to investigate a related moral duty, the duty of due care.

Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan Masur, and Richard McAdams, "Temporary Law: The Case of Smoking Bans"

Libertarians often assert that regulation is unnecessary because the market will meet any existing consumer demand. The issue of smoking in bars is a paradigmatic context in which this argument arises. Libertarians argue that bar patrons (and employees) are free to patronize or work in whichever bars they choose.

Participating faculty: 
Tom Ginsburg
Participating faculty: 
Jonathan Masur
Participating faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams

Emily Buss, "Court Reform in the Juvenile Justice System"

Over 100 years ago, Chicago led the way in establishing separate courts for young people who committed crimes.  These Juvenile Courts, soon in operation in every state, had two interrelated aims: The first was to separate adolescent offenders from adult criminals.

Participating faculty: 
Emily Buss

Geoffrey Stone, "The President's Review Group on NSA Surveillance"

Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor Geoffrey Stone talks about his involvement in the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and recorded on February 4, 2014.

Participating faculty: 
Geoffrey R. Stone

Crime in Law and Literature Conference Plenary Talk and Panel, featuring Scott Turow

Recorded on February 7, 2014, this session featured author Scott Turow as Plenary Speaker and Law School faculty Alison LaCroix, Judge Diane Wood, and Richard McAdams.


79:20 minutes (72.63 MB)

Martha Nussbaum, "What Is Anger, and Why Should We Care?"

"Although everyone is familiar with the damage anger can do in both personal and public life, people tend to think that it is necessary for the pursuit of justice.  People who don't get angry when they are wronged seem weird to many people, lacking spine and self-respect.  And isn't it servile not to react with anger to great injustice, whether toward oneself or toward others?


65:20 minutes (59.82 MB)

Brian Leiter, "Why Tolerate Religion?"

Is there a principled reason why religious obligations that conflict with the law are accorded special toleration while other obligations of conscience are not? In Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013), Professor Leiter argues there are no good reasons for doing so, that the reasons for tolerating religion are not specific to religion but apply to all claims of conscience.


57:05 minutes (52.27 MB)

Nicholas Stephanopoulos, "The South After Shelby County"

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court dismantled one of the two pillars of the Voting Rights Act: Section 5, which had barred southern jurisdictions from changing their election laws unless they first received federal approval. The burning question now is what will happen to minority representation in the South in the absence of Section 5.


52:58 minutes (48.49 MB)

Panel on "Reconstructing Contracts: The Contracts Scholarship of Douglas Baird"

A panel of leading scholars discuss Douglas Baird's pathbreaking work on Contract Law published in his new book Reconstructing Contracts.


65:31 minutes (59.99 MB)
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