Omri Ben-Shahar and Ariel Porat examine the challenges and opportunities of a new legal paradigm—one where rules vary person by person—in light of their recent book, Personalized Law.
Catalina Goanta argues that personalized law is the modern application of the centuries-old, open-ended norm of good faith.
Host Reagan Kapp and Professor Nathan Chapman (U. of Georgia School of Law) discuss the interplay between the First Amendment's freedom of religion and state and federal vaccine mandates.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the “right of the people peaceably to assemble.” Host Kyra Cooper speaks with Professor John Inazu (WashU School of Law) about the right to assemble in light of modern protest movements and a global pandemic.
Tony Leyh argues that aesthetic injuries suffered by humans provides a legal pathway for granting animals Article III standing.
In 2020, YouTube influencer Myka Stauffer received widespread criticism when she revealed that her family had placed her adopted son with another family. Host Kyra Cooper speaks with Professor Cynthia Hawkins (Stetson U. College of Law) about the unregulated custody transfer of adoptees.
Professor Emily Buss (U. Chicago Law) and ten law students co-taught a course on the constitutional rights of minors to incarcerated high school students. Host Andrew Zeller, Professor Buss, and Heidi Mueller, director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, discuss the rewarding and challenging aspects of the course.
Appointed as Cook County public defender in March 2021, Sharone Mitchell, Jr. took office with a vision to serve as “an engine for progressive systems change.” Host Dylan Platt speaks with Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell, Jr. and Professor Judith Miller (U. Chicago Law) on the evolving role of public defenders at the state and federal level.
Felipe Jiménez offers a critique of folk jurisprudence, arguing that law and legal concepts depend on how legal officials—not the population at large—understand them.
A mere six votes determined the outcome of the 2020 election in Iowa's 2nd congressional district, revealing the delicate balance of power over elections shared between states and the federal government. For the inaugural episode of season five, hosts Kyra Cooper and Rachel Smith discuss the role of the federal government in state-run elections with Professors Derek Muller (University of Iowa Law) and Franita Tolson (USC Gould Law).