Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast
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Planet Lex: The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Podcast

Planet Lex is a series of conversations about the law, law and society, law and technology, and the future of legal education and practice. In other words, a bunch of interesting stuff about the law.

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Oct 17, 2018
Election Law and Gerrymandering

Michael Kang talks about everything election law, from partisan gerrymandering and the constitutional issues involved in redistricting, to the effects of voter ID laws.

Sep 19, 2018
Should We Reform the Supreme Court?

Tonja Jacobi and Sarah Schrup talk about major issues facing the Supreme Court and the implications they have on our democracy.

Aug 15, 2018
Reforming the Chicago Police Department

Alexa Van Brunt speaks on the police brutality and bias in Chicago and the draft consent decree to reform the Chicago Police Department.

Jun 20, 2018
Chicago’s Gun Violence Epidemic

Zach Fardon talks about the problems within Chicago, the root causes, and how to address it.

May 16, 2018
Facing the Challenges of the Global Legal Industry

Mark Cohen and Eva Bruch talk about what’s broken within the legal industry around the world.

Mar 28, 2018
Approaching Access to Justice with a Designer’s Mindset

Margaret Hagan talks about the use of design thinking to help close the access to justice gap. She discusses methodology, centering technology around the human experience, and how lawyers can incorporate a creative and empathetic mindset to their work.

Feb 21, 2018
The #MeToo Movement Through a Legal Lens

Laura Beth Nielsen and Deb Tuerkheimer talk about how the #MeToo movement differs from similar assault accusations in the past and the impact the movement has had on public discussion surrounding sexual harassment and assault.

Jan 17, 2018
What Hinders Innovation in the Legal Industry?

Bill Henderson talks about innovation in the legal industry, including the cultural and regulatory restraints that keep new technology from impacting the legal industry at large.

Dec 20, 2017
Taking a Closer Look at Free Speech

Marty Redish talks about how the law defines free speech and the right of various institutions, like businesses and universities, to regulate speech.

Nov 15, 2017
A Look at the Presidency with Neil Eggleston and Newt Minow

Neil Eggleston and Newt Minow talk about their experiences working for past presidents and their concerns about the Trump administration.

Oct 18, 2017
Scott Turow on Where Law and Literature Collide

Author Scott Turow talks about legal fiction, his career as a writer and lawyer, and the nature of legal education.

Sep 20, 2017
Law and Business of Cannabis: Regulation, Taxation, and Banking

In this legal podcast, Charlie Bachtell and Dina Rollman discuss the complexities of the marijuana industry and the role of lawyers within the cannabis business.

Aug 16, 2017
Cities, States and The Trump Administration: Clashes of Federal and Local Government

Nadav Shoked and David Dana talk about sanctuary cities, climate change, and federal versus state and local governments in this legal podcast.

May 22, 2017
“Entrepreneurs Are the New Rock Stars”: A Conversation with J.B. Pritzker and Howard Tullman

J. B. Pritzker and Howard Tullman talk about what it takes to pursue innovation in business.

Apr 24, 2017
How the Government is Handling Online Privacy and Cybersecurity

This legal podcast covers net neutrality, online privacy, cybersecurity, and how the government is handling these growing issues.

Mar 15, 2017
The Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, and the Nuclear Option

Carter Phillips talks about the current state of the Supreme Court in 2017.

Feb 15, 2017
Trump Administration and the Law

In this episode of Planet Lex, host Daniel Rodriguez interviews Northwestern Law faculty members Deborah Tuerkheimer, Andrew Koppelman, and Eugene Kontorovich about President Trump's recent actions and the legal considerations facing his administration.

Dec 14, 2016
The Future Impact of Technology on the Legal Profession

Professor Richard Susskind talks about whether law schools are sufficiently training law students to be the pioneering attorneys of tomorrow.

Nov 16, 2016
Law Enforcement and Implicit Bias

A discussion on implicit bias, tensions between police and the communities they serve, and how perceptions of race impact the legal system.

Oct 19, 2016
Technological Advancements and The Law

Northwestern professors John McGinnis and Larry Birnbaum discuss computer intelligence, emergent technology, and its effects on lawyers and the law.

Sep 21, 2016
The Regulation of Public Corruption

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Professor Juliet Sorensen discusses the pervasiveness and regulation of corruption.

Aug 17, 2016
Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer”

Host Dan Rodriguez speaks with Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider about youth interrogation, false confessions, and Brendan Dassey.

Aug 17, 2016
Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Daniel Rodriguez speaks with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Professor of Law Deborah Tuerkheimer about campus sexual misconduct.

Jul 15, 2016
Integrating the Law and STEM Focused Multidisciplinary Education

Emerson Tiller and Leslie Oster discuss the new Master of Science in Law Program and how the law can integrate with the more technical aspects of business management and innovation.

Jul 15, 2016
The Evolution of Copyright in Music

Peter DiCola talks about music copyright law and how new technology has affected the industry.

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Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel B. Rodriguez was appointed Dean and Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in January 2012. Before...

Jim Speta

Jim Speta has been a member of the faculty at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law since 1999. He is...