Planet Lex Podcast
Join Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez for a series of conversations about the law today and its role within the ever-changing global, societal, and technological landscapes.
Episode 10: The Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, and the Nuclear Option
Attorney Carter Phillips (JD '77)
The Supreme Court has faced a whirlwind of change and controversy over the last year, first with the death of Justice Scalia and then with the election of President Trump and the actions of his Administration. Host Daniel Rodriguez talks to Carter Phillips about the current state of the Supreme Court in 2017. Their discussion includes President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the Democrat Party opposition during this process, and the consequences of the nuclear option, whether it’s used or not. They conclude the episode with a brief discussion of the textbook Phillips co-authored with Northwestern Law faculty, Advanced Appellate Advocacy.
Episode 9: Trump Administration and the Law
Trump's presidency has brought about a lot of change, especially in regard to law. In this episode of Planet Lex, host Daniel Rodriguez interviews Northwestern Law faculty members about recent actions by President Trump and the legal considerations facing this new administration. In their discussion, they cover a wide array of topics, including President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, his expansion of executive power, and the potential of the Department of Justice shifting away from certain civil rights issues.
Episode 8: The Future Impact of Technology on the Legal Profession
Professor Richard Susskind — an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments — discusses the impact new technologies will have on the legal profession and whether law schools are sufficiently training law students to be the pioneering attorneys of tomorrow.
Episode 7: Law Enforcement and Implicit Bias
Professor Destiny Peery
The increased media coverage of police shootings has coincided with the growing prominence of conversations about race and law enforcement. In this episode of Planet Lex, host Daniel Rodriguez speaks with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Assistant Professor of Law Destiny Peery about implicit bias, tensions between the police and the communities they serve, and how perceptions of race impact the legal system.
Episode 6: Technological Advancements and The Law
Professor McGinnis from the Law School and Professor Birnbaum from the McCormick School of Engineering discuss emergent technology and its effects on the law. The guests debate how close we are to the day when computer intelligence surpasses human intelligence and consider the impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession.
Episode 5: The Regulation of Public Corruption
Professor Juliet Sorensen
Professor Sorensen defines public corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain and discusses the challenges of working within the various parameters of both civil causes of action and criminal law to regulate said corruption.
Episode 4: Sexual Misconduct on Campus
Professor Deb Tuerkheimer
The issue of sexual assault on campuses and how to best combat these incidents is a highly debated topic among legal professionals. How should these crimes be handled and what can colleges do to protect their students?
Episode 3: Integrating the Law and STEM Focused Multidisciplinary Education
The increasing societal shift toward a more global marketplace encourages many graduates to seek a multidisciplinary education. How does learning skills from various fields help students in the workplace and what value can legal knowledge add?
Episode 2: The Evolution of Copyright in Music
Professor Peter DiCola
New technology has greatly lowered the barrier of entry into the music industry for new artists looking to release recordings and distribute their music broadly. How have these emergent technologies affected copyright law and, subsequently, the salaries of working musicians?
Episode 1: Defending Brendan Dassey of "Making a Murderer"
Many people have become familiar with the trial of Brendan Dassey’s through the 2015 Netflix television series “Making A Murderer.” His case raises a number of concerns regarding youth interrogations and the associated confessions.