Faculty Podcast

Alison LaCroix, "The Lost History of the Spending Power"

The Supreme Court’s decision in the healthcare case has brought new prominence to Congress’s power to tax and spend for the general welfare under Article I, section 8, clause 1. Legislation under the spending power is often regarded as an artifact of the New Deal period. But the spending power has a longer history dating from the early nineteenth century.


38:37 minutes (35.36 MB)

Laura Weinrib, "Free Speech When Constitutionalism Was Unpopular"

In the mid-1930s, the future of judicial review was uncertain.  Politicians, social activists, and even legal academics denounced the federal judiciary’s hostility toward New Deal legislation as a threat to democratic progress and economicrecovery.  In the face of President Roosevelt’s “court-packing plan” and competing proposals to curb judicial power, conservative lawyers sough


47:08 minutes (43.15 MB)

William Brodsky, "The Multi-purpose JD: How my law degree helped me in my career in business"

William J. Brodsky is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. As Chairman and CEO of CBOE since 1997, Brodsky has overseen a period of tremendous growth as well as product and technological innovation at the exchange. He serves as the options industry’s leading advocate in shaping market policy and regulation.


56:27 minutes (51.69 MB)

Saul Levmore, "Intermediation and Intervention"

What can law do well? It tries to “intervene” in order to control antisocial behavior, to enforce promises, and to prevent violence. But it is also called on to “intermediate” so that citizens need not confront one another directly and need not even control themselves.


60:57 minutes (55.81 MB)

Alison LaCroix, "Sick and Tired?: The Supreme Court's New Old Federalism"

From the scores of briefs to the extended oral arguments to the widely watched announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision in June, the case of National Federation of Independent Business v.


44:10 minutes (40.45 MB)

2012 Loop Luncheon - Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum, "The Offensive Internet"

In 2010 and 2011 Professors Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum gave several talks about the book, The Offensive Internet, a collection of essays about apparent abuses of anonymity and freedom from liability on the Internet.


53:41 minutes (49.15 MB)

James Oldham, “The Popular Press and the Law in Pre-Industrial England”

The 2012 Fulton Lecture in Legal History was given on May 2, 2012 by James C. Oldham, St. Thomas More Professor of Law and Legal History at Georgetown Law.


70:04 minutes (64.15 MB)

Geoffrey Stone, "Freedom and Education"

Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor and former dean (’93–’02) at the University of Chicago Law School, discusses the role of freedom and education in America today. Stone is one of the world’s foremost scholars of the Constitution.


118:59 minutes (108.93 MB)

Martha Nussbaum, "Teaching Patriotism"

Schools teach patriotism all the time, but many people think that this is a bad idea. Patriotic rituals may convey misplaced and hierarchical values; they may coerce conscience; and they may promote a dangerous type of uncritical homogeneity. On the other hand, it seems difficult to motivate sacrifices of self-interest for the common good without patriotic emotion. Prof.


67:11 minutes (61.52 MB)

Omri Ben-Shahar, "No Contract"

A popular type of consumer transaction is called "No Contract." Businesses lure consumers with the "no contract" assurance - a promise that consumer can walk away anytime, without any commitment. This scheme is increasingly common in cable and phone services, health clubs, security services, and other transactions that used to require minimum duration. What is a “No Contract” contract?


53:52 minutes (49.32 MB)
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