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DISCOVERY is a podcast presented by the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA, featuring distinguished guests discussing today's biggest social, political and legal issues.

Episodes focus on a diverse mix of legal and legal-adjacent topics through intimate conversations with experts, speakers and leaders from around the globe.

For more, visit law.uw.edu/podcast.

DISCOVERY presented by UW Law University of Washington School of Law

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DISCOVERY is a podcast presented by the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA, featuring distinguished guests discussing today's biggest social, political and legal issues.

Episodes focus on a diverse mix of legal and legal-adjacent topics through intimate conversations with experts, speakers and leaders from around the globe.

For more, visit law.uw.edu/podcast.

    Two for One

    Two for One

    The Trump Administration has pursued one of the most aggressive deregulatory agendas since the Reagan years, leveraging a variety of political and legal tactics to do so.

    As the United States ramps up toward the 2020 election, University of Chicago Law School Professor Jonathan Masur details how the Trump Administration has used executive orders, cost-benefit analyses and the application of the Chevron deference principle to roll back regulations across American industries.

    • 16 min
    Interpretation and Fact

    Interpretation and Fact

    Leading forensics expert Dr. Geoffrey Baird is no stranger to the courtroom.

    Over the years, he has been called upon regularly to share insights and analysis in some of the country's biggest, most high-profile cases.

    A litigator's abilities to effectively wield forensic evidence and present expert testimony can make or break a case, which is why Dr. Baird is also a frequent guest in UW Law classrooms. He discusses how law students can hone their skills and use forensics to their advantage in court.

    • 28 min
    Incarcerated during COVID-19

    Incarcerated during COVID-19

    Jails and prisons are dangerous incubators of COVID-19, and incarcerated individuals constitute one of the country's most at-risk populations. This reality has amplified discussions around incarceration in the United States, accelerating advocacy efforts as calls for reform get louder.

    La Rond Baker has spent her career spearheading civil rights and criminal justice initiatives. She discusses the pandemic's effects on prison populations and outlines impacts that could stretch beyond the virus' reach.

    • 21 min
    The Duty of Loyalty

    The Duty of Loyalty

    The COVID-19 pandemic has hit gig economy workforces particularly hard, amplifying the vulnerabilities workers face when they lack the same financial and medical protections as other jobs.

    Now, these challenges are being taken up in court as contractors, freelancers, app-based workers and more struggle to get by in the midst of the crisis.

    On this episode, labor law expert and USD Law Professor Orly Lobel takes a deep dive into the gig economy in the time of COVID-19 and explores potential solutions.

    • 22 min
    A Seat at the Table

    A Seat at the Table

    Along her path from the classroom to the courthouse, Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis experienced the challenges and pressures people of color face in a field where they remain vastly underrepresented.

    Today, the UW Law alumna brings those experiences to a new leadership role on the Washington Supreme Court after becoming the first Native American to serve on the state’s highest bench.

    She shares her journey and discusses the issues legal institutions face in becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusi

    • 28 min
    Determining the Indeterminate

    Determining the Indeterminate

    What can laws governing the natural world tell us about those that govern societies? According to Ted Sichelman: quite a bit.

    Using mathematical research, thought experiments and some mind-bending equations, the USD professor of law breaks down quantitative measures he has developed to analyze legal systems.

    He goes on to outline the structural parallels between scientific and social laws, and how his findings apply to the real world.

    Get your calculator out for this one — you're going to need it

    • 20 min

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