Faculty Podcast

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)

Saul Levmore, "Coase's Legacy"

Ronald Coase (1910-2013), of Nobel Prize and University of Chicago Law School fame, influences almost every discussion in the modern law school. In this opening talk of the 2013-14 "Chicago's Best Ideas" (CBI) series, Professor Levmore begins by explaining the Coase Theorem -- probably Chicago's very best and certainly best known idea -- and why its appearance was so startling.


61:51 minutes (56.63 MB)

Harvey Levin '75, "How to Use a Law Degree to Start a Business and Make It Successful"

Harvey Levin is an American television producer, lawyer, legal analyst and celebrity reporter. He is the founder of celebrity gossip website, TMZ.com. He currently serves as Managing Editor and Executive Producer of TMZ Productions, Inc. 


64:21 minutes (58.92 MB)

Nicholas Stephanopoulos, "The South After Shelby County"

This talk was recorded on October 8, 2013, at the Law School's annual First Monday luncheon. Nicholas Stephanopoulos is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.


62:43 minutes (57.42 MB)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Geoffrey Stone, "Roe at 40"

This event was recorded on May 11, 2013 and was cosponsored by The University of Chicago Law School, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.


90:19 minutes (82.69 MB)

Cass R. Sunstein and "Simpler: The Future of Government"

As Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for three years under the Obama administration, Cass R. Sunstein oversaw a far-reaching restructuring of America's regulatory state.


53:03 minutes (48.58 MB)

Rashida Manjoo, "Violence Against Women Around the World: Trends, Challenges, and Solutions"

Based on media reports, it appears that sexual violence against women is increasing around the world, particularly in India and Egypt. Are the rates increasing or just the reporting of the crimes?  Governments and advocates around the world have been working on eradicating gender-based violence, including domestic violence and violence in prisons, for decades.


60:13 minutes (55.14 MB)

Panel Discussion, "Women in Prison: Causes, Conditions, and Consequences Around the World"

There has been an increase in the rate of women’s imprisonment in many countries around the world.  Yet many countries fail to adequately address the unique issues raised when women are deprived of their liberty.  The panelists will discuss the causes of the increase in rates of imprisonment, including the global war on drugs and drug use.  They will also address the conditions o


95:59 minutes (87.89 MB)
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