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.
S3 E8: The Goal of Equity in Women’s Soccer
Despite dominating in international competition, the U.S. women’s soccer team is paid far less than their male counterparts. UVA Law professor Camilo Sánchez and law student Jolena Zabel explore what players’ efforts around the world to achieve equity in pay and working conditions teach us.
S3 E7: From Trayvon Martin to George Floyd: The Trauma of Injustice
Black communities experience lasting “cultural trauma” from the lack of accountability for police and vigilante violence, explains Boston University School of Law Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig.
S3 E6: Policing the Police
UVA Law professor Rachel Harmon, author of “The Law of the Police,” says it’s time for Americans to broadly rethink how we regulate the police.
S3 E5: Regulating Private Lives
From interracial marriage to LGBTQ rights, when the Supreme Court decriminalizes private behavior, other forms of regulation step in, says New York University School of Law professor Melissa Murray.
S3 E4: The Wolf at the Door
Economic insecurity is affecting Americans’ lives in profound ways, both at home and in politics. Columbia law professor and UVA Law alumnus Michael Graetz discusses his proposals for reform.
S3 E3: Uncoupling the Benefits of Marriage
From health care to taxes, numerous financial benefits are still tied to whether you are married — even as the marriage rate is declining. UVA Law professor Naomi Cahn discusses how uncoupling benefits from marriage can be more equitable.
One of the best legal podcasts
Great guests, excellent interviews, and great production. Easily accessible to non-lawyers, aspiring lawyers or practicing lawyers. Can’t recommend highly enough.
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.
More debate less echo chamber
Another example of academia eschewing debate in favor of opinions reflecting the path most traveled. Echo chamber for dean and vice dean vanity.