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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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Mar 17, 2020

Leading Edge of Legal: How In-House Attorneys Navigate Issues in High Profile Startups

Myra Pasek and Pete Cline discuss various legal issues they have dealt with while working at startup companies.

Dec 18, 2019

Solitary Confinement: Calling for Change in American Prisons

David Shapiro and Danny Greenfield discuss the scope and effects of solitary confinement in US prisons.

Nov 13, 2019

Innovation & Trends in Intellectual Property & Patent Law

Laura Pedraza-Fariña and David Schwartz discuss their research interests and current projects at Northwestern.

Sep 18, 2019

The Bluhm Legal Clinic: Celebrating 50 Years of Clinical Legal Education

Thomas Geraghty, Bluhm Legal Clinic director from 1976-2017, shares the history of the Clinic and its important role in legal education.

Aug 14, 2019

Fairness and Equality: The Current Landscape of Antidiscrimination Law

Dean Kimberly Yuracko discusses her extensive research on gender equity and surveys the current landscape of antidiscrimination law.

Jun 19, 2019

Law and Sports: A Conversation with Jerry Reinsdorf

Jerry Reinsdorf looks back on the unusual course of his career and discusses the future of sports, the challenges lawyers face in business, and the importance of giving back to the community.

May 9, 2019

Seeking Asylum: Reality at the US / Mexico Border

Professor Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe talks about her work representing unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, and her recent trip to the U.S./Mexico border to provide assistance to those seeking asylum.

Mar 20, 2019

The Implications of Biometrics in Privacy Law

Matthew Kugler talks about his research into consumer sentiment around biometric tracking.

Jan 16, 2019

Jury Process: How Juries Bring Legitimacy to Legal Proceedings

Professor Shari Diamond talks about her research on jury process, including her finding that our trust in the jury system is not misplaced.

Dec 19, 2018

Making a Murderer: How Brendan Dassey’s Case is Making a Difference

Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider talk about false confessions and the legal proceedings covered in the second season of “Making a Murderer.”

Nov 14, 2018

The Intersection of Media and Law

Kate Shaw and Megan Murphy talk about their experience as lawyers in the media, the many legal issues facing journalists and pundits, and whether more law is needed to manage these matters.

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...

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...

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...

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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Jim Speta

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


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