24 episodes

Though much divides us these days, there are still some things we all share in common. One of them is law. From the kind of health care we receive to the laws that determine what’s a ticket and what’s a court date, law is everywhere. “Common Law” gives insight into the laws around us and what’s next. This season, hosts Risa Goluboff and Leslie Kendrick focus on “When Law Changed the World.” Goluboff and Kendrick are dean and vice dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, respectively. Transcripts are posted at commonlawpodcast.com.

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Though much divides us these days, there are still some things we all share in common. One of them is law. From the kind of health care we receive to the laws that determine what’s a ticket and what’s a court date, law is everywhere. “Common Law” gives insight into the laws around us and what’s next. This season, hosts Risa Goluboff and Leslie Kendrick focus on “When Law Changed the World.” Goluboff and Kendrick are dean and vice dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, respectively. Transcripts are posted at commonlawpodcast.com.

    S2 E11: ‘Carbon Dioxide Warriors’ at the Supreme Court

    S2 E11: ‘Carbon Dioxide Warriors’ at the Supreme Court

    Harvard Law School professor Richard Lazarus discusses how environmentalists made history with the U.S. Supreme Court case Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency.

    • 30 min
    S2 E10: The President’s Expanding Powers

    S2 E10: The President’s Expanding Powers

    University of Virginia School of Law professor Saikrishna Prakash discusses his new book on how the presidency’s authority has grown and how Congress might check the executive.

    • 26 min
    S2 E9: Learning From Pandemics of the Past

    S2 E9: Learning From Pandemics of the Past

    As the world battles the novel coronavirus, University of Virginia history professor Christian McMillen discusses what lessons we can learn — and improve upon — from past pandemics.

    • 33 min
    S2 E8: Native American Costumes and the Unwritten Constitution

    S2 E8: Native American Costumes and the Unwritten Constitution

    Why did colonists wear Native American costumes at the Boston Tea Party? Professor Farah Peterson investigates the history of mob protests for economic rights on the path to America’s unwritten constitution.

    • 33 min
    S2 E7: Teaching the Law of Sexual Assault

    S2 E7: Teaching the Law of Sexual Assault

    As women began to enter law school, educators worried about whether the curriculum was fit for female ears, UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin explains. These same issues manifest today in debates over whether professors can teach the law of sexual assault in an era of trigger warnings.

    • 27 min
    S2 E6: A Prosecutor’s Path to Criminal Justice Reform

    S2 E6: A Prosecutor’s Path to Criminal Justice Reform

    Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance ’85 discusses a revolution in how prosecutors are thinking about and pursuing justice.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Cal1ster ,

Insightful and Accessible

UVA’s Common Law podcast is an excellent listen regardless of one’s previous exposure or knowledge of the law. The hosts and producers have put together a thought-provoking series that presents legal concepts and stories that are very pertinent to our lives. Their two current seasons (one looking forward and the other looking back) brings in experts that detail complex legal issues in an accessible manner. The hosts are beyond knowledgeable but are never lecturing. Instead, they present the podcasts with an infectious interest and curiosity. I’ve learned a great deal across many areas and eras of law from this podcast, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with an appetite to learn new things.

Plurlife143 ,

Bingeworthy Law Pod

This is a super interesting pod, I’ve listened to several episodes, now going back through and listening to all of the episodes!

Thee Hedge ,

Great Balance

Only on episode 4, but l’m really enjoying things so far. I truly appreciate that you two come at the law from different angles, respect each other for that, and even had Episode 0 to explain it. It’s not just an echo chamber.
That said, my favorite aspect of this show is the post interview thoughts. It’s insightful to hear your takeaways and your thought process in hearing your guests points of view.
Thanks for putting this together!

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