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Presented by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, the ABA Law Student Podcast covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent grads. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, this show is your trusted resource for the next big step.

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Presented by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, the ABA Law Student Podcast covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent grads. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, this show is your trusted resource for the next big step.

    Court Packing Explained, with Professor Todd Berger

    Court Packing Explained, with Professor Todd Berger

    Arguably, a Supreme Court appointment is the greatest prize in American politics, perhaps more so than the presidency. In consequence, these positions lend themselves to manipulation and tactical moves where possible, in spite of past norms. ABA Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh welcomes Professor Todd Berger to discuss the concept of court packing, its connotations and implications, and how it could actually bring balance to the Supreme Court. They also discuss the report generated by Biden’s Presidential Commission on SCOTUS, and whether their findings offer any clarity on potential reforms in the Court.
    Professor Todd A. Berger is a Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at Syracuse University College of Law.

    • 38 min
    A Deep Dive Into the Released Dobbs Decision, with Vice Dean Keith Bybee

    A Deep Dive Into the Released Dobbs Decision, with Vice Dean Keith Bybee

    Even though much has been said about the prematurely leaked draft decision of Dobbs, there’s a great deal to unpack now that the final opinion has been issued. Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh welcomes back Syracuse University College of Law Vice Dean Keith Bybee to explore the reasoning of the opinion as well as the newly released concurring and dissenting opinions. Get a handle on this landmark decision that has raised many questions for law students and professors alike.
    Professor Keith Bybee is Vice Dean and Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor at Syracuse University College of Law.

    • 53 min
    Examining the Supreme Court Draft Leak with Vice Dean Keith Bybee

    Examining the Supreme Court Draft Leak with Vice Dean Keith Bybee

    In the wake of the Supreme Court draft leak, many are questioning what ramifications its language could have on a number of past court decisions, as well as Americans’ rights in a variety of other areas. Law Student Podcast host Meg Steenburgh gets perspective on these issues from Vice Dean Keith Bybee. They examine the interplay of courts, politics, and the media, and discuss our nation’s legal processes throughout history.
    Professor Keith Bybee is Vice Dean and Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor at Syracuse University College of Law. 
     

    • 44 min
    Military Legal Practice and Perspectives on the Law of War

    Military Legal Practice and Perspectives on the Law of War

    Major General John Altenburg was instrumental in transforming the practice of law in the military through his leadership and immersive approaches for military lawyer training. Meg Steenburgh talks with General Altenburg about the legal infrastructure of the United States Military, his thoughts on the law of war and its implications in the Ukraine conflict, and what advice he has to offer for today’s law students. 
    Major General John D. Altenburg Jr. (USA, Retired) is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig, LLC, where he focuses his practice on corporate governance and sensitive, internal investigations in the defense, homeland security sector, and the multilateral development bank sector. 

    • 42 min
    Understanding the Weaponization of Social Media with P.W. Singer

    Understanding the Weaponization of Social Media with P.W. Singer

    Information and disinformation campaigns are centuries old, but our social media era has given new and rapid thrust to the sharing of ideas, both for good and ill intent. Meg Steenburgh and Peter W. Singer discuss his book, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, which analyzes the poisonous effects of disinformation on politics, war, and social issues worldwide. They look at the role of governments, laws, and individuals; and our collective responsibility to support digital literacy and engage in positive digital citizenship. 
    Peter Warren Singer is strategist at New America, a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, and founder and managing partner at Useful Fiction LLC.
    Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

    • 49 min
    Russia v. Ukraine: The Policy and Legal Considerations of an Unprovoked Attack on a Sovereign Nation

    Russia v. Ukraine: The Policy and Legal Considerations of an Unprovoked Attack on a Sovereign Nation

    In the conflict instigated by Russia in Ukraine, we have already seen numerous and outrageous Russian violations of the Laws of Armed Conflict, but what legal recourse is there against these acts? Meg Steenburgh of the ABA Law Student Podcast interviews Judge James E. Baker to learn about the interplay of law and war on the international stage. Judge Baker examines Russia’s actions to date and offers insights on how the U.S. and other international players can and/or should respond as they follow the rule of law. They also discuss new uses of AI in war, historical examples that compare to Ukraine’s struggle against its aggressor, and why law matters even if a wartime opponent refuses to adhere to it. 
    Judge James E. Baker is director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law, a professor at the Syracuse College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University. He previously served as a Judge and Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
     
    Thank you to our sponsor NBI.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

joey24007 ,

Great show

Informative show with a great host. Would it be possible to also post a transcript?

ted-tanner ,

Important but one-sided analysis

The points are well-reasoned, but in cases that touch hot-button political issues I find myself wishing there were two sides being presented. To the contrary, it seems that the podcast is only interested in providing a legal argument that benefits one side of the aisle. Still, I think the podcast provides a valuable perspective; just make sure it is not the only perspective you listen to.

2-stars for being irresponsible by not being politically neutral. The ABA ought to be a neutral organization but this podcast from the ABA does not show neutrality.

Johnweber.Ky ,

Lots of great topics!

I’m excited to listen to several of these podcasts. Many of the podcasts are relevant to me as a law student.

They are professionally done and informative. I definitely recommend these as a resource for law students!

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