Rank #1: Brian Leiter, "Why Tolerate Religion?"
Brian Leiter is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School.
This talk was recorded on November 19, 2013, as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas lecture series.
Feb 20 2014
Rank #2: A Conversation With Elena Kagan
This event took place on February 2, 2015, at the University of Chicago Law School.
Feb 11 2015
Rank #3: David Strauss, "Does the Constitution Always Mean What It Says?"
Actually things are not that simple. There are several important examples of clear language in the Constitution that we do not follow. (For an example, look at the first word of the First Amendment.) Sometimes, in fact, it would be essentially unthinkable to follow themost obvious meaning of apparently clear language.
These are not just slips of the pen by the Framers of the Constitution.Things are more interesting than that: the Framers made deliberate choices that we do not always accept, even though those choices are reflected in the text. The ways in which we ignore apparently clear language in the Constitution can teach us a lot about how American constitutional law actually works.
This talk was recorded on February 26, 2014, as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas Lecture Series. David Strauss is Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
May 13 2014
Rank #4: Richard Posner, Empirical Legal Studies Conference keynote
Richard A. Posner is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Judge Posner clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. From 1963 to 1965, he was assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman of the Federal Trade Commission. For the next two years, he was assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. Prior to going to Stanford Law School in 1968 as Associate Professor, Judge Posner served as general counsel of the President's Task Force on Communications Policy. He first came to the University of Chicago Law School in 1969, and was Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law prior to his appointment in 1981 as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was the chief judge of the court from 1993 to 2000.
This talk was recorded on October 23, 2014.
Nov 13 2014
Rank #5: Anthony J. Casey, "The Short Happy Life of Rules and Standards"
This lecture is in honor of Ronald Coase. Coase, who spent most of his academic career at the University of Chicago Law School, helped create the field of law and economics through groundbreaking scholarship that earned him the 1991 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and through his far-reaching influence as a journal editor.
Anthony J. Casey is Professor of Law and Mark Claster Mamolen Teaching Scholar. This Coase Lecture was presented on February 21, 2017.
Feb 28 2017
Rank #6: Nicholas Stephanopoulos, "The South After Shelby County"
Nicholas Stephanopoulos is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This Chicago's Best Ideas talk was recorded on November 13, 2013.
Feb 20 2014
Rank #7: Supreme Court Preview 2017: Highlights and Perspectives
Recorded on September 18, 2017, in Washington, DC.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #8: Saul Levmore, "Carrots and Sticks in Law (and Life)"
Saul Levmore is the William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor of Law.
Jan 05 2017
Rank #9: John Tasioulas, "Minimum Core Obligations: Human Rights in the Here and Now"
John Tasioulas is Visiting Professor of Law and the Charles J. Merriam Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School; Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London; and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, and Law.
Presented by the International Human Rights Clinics and the Human Rights Law Society on May 5, 2016.
Jul 29 2016
Rank #10: Emily Buss, "Court Reform in the Juvenile Justice System"
A substantial body of social science focused on adults suggests that their experience in court had an important impact on their attitude about the law, generally, and their obligation to obey the law. Stated very simply, if adults believe they have been shown respect in court and have had an opportunity to participate meaningfully in a fair process, they are more likely to think of the law and law enforcement as legitimate, and are more likely to feel obligated to obey the law. Our understanding of child development, in general, and children's social development, in particular, predict that these "procedural justice" effects should be even stronger in children, and the limited studies looking at this effect, to date, offer some support for this prediction. If a court experience can have any developmental impact on young people, however, we should be very concerned about young people's current experience in juvenile court. Even in courtrooms filled with conscientious professionals, the juvenile court process conveys a disregard for young people and prevents their meaningful engagement in a process purportedly designed to address their needs. I bring together the optimism created by the procedural justice literature with a pessimistic portrayal of the current juvenile court process to argue for some experimentation with substantial reforms.
Emily Buss is Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded February 28, 2014, as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas lecture series.
Mar 13 2014
Rank #11: Barbara Herman, "The Moral Side of Non-Negligence"
Barbara Herman is Griffin Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at UCLA. This talk was recorded on February 26, 2014, as the Dewey Lecture in Law and Philosophy.
Apr 10 2014
Rank #12: Laura Weinrib, “Freedom of Conscience and the Civil Liberties Path Not Taken”
Laura Weinrib is Assistant Professor of Law and Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School.
This Chicago’s Best Ideas talked was recorded on February 17, 2016.
Mar 09 2016
Rank #13: Gillian Thomas, "Title VII and Women in the Workplace"
Presented on January 25, 2017, by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Labor and Employment Law Society, Public Interest Law Society, Employment Law Clinic, and Law Women's Caucus.
Mar 07 2017
Rank #14: Jonathan S. Masur, "The Behavioral Law & Economics of Happiness"
Jonathan S. Masur is John P. Wilson Professor of Law, David and Celia Hilliard Research Scholar, and Director of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Program in Behavioral Law, Finance and Economics. The 2018 Coase Lecture in Law and Economics was presented on February 6, 2018.
Feb 19 2018
Rank #15: Mary Anne Case, “Fifty Years of Griswold v. Connecticut"
Mary Anne Case is the Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law and convener of the Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex and Gender.
Presented by the Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the American Constitution Society on November 11, 2015.
Nov 17 2015
Rank #16: Martha Minow, "Forgiveness, Law and Justice"
with comments by Martha Nussbaum, Aziz Huq, and Michael Schill
What role if any should forgiveness play in law and legal systems? By forgiveness, I mean: a conscious, deliberate decision to forgo rightful grounds for whoever has committed a wrong or harm. Law may penalize those who apologize and in so doing make forgiveness by the victim less likely. Law may construct adversarial processes that render forgiveness less likely than it would otherwise be. Or law can give people chances to meet together, in spaces where they may apologize and forgive.
This lecture was presented on January 8, 2015, at the University of Chicago Law School as part of the Brennan Center Jorde Symposium.
Jan 29 2015
Rank #17: Justin Driver, "The Southern Manifesto in Myth and Memory"
This Loop Luncheon was presented on April 29, 2016, as part of reunion weekend.
May 02 2016
Rank #18: M. Todd Henderson, "Lawyer CEOs"
This Loop Luncheon talk was presented on May 4, 2018.
Download the slides (PDF): https://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/2018-05/loop_luncheon_2018_slides.pdf
May 30 2018
Rank #19: Moshe Halbertal, "Three Concepts of Human Dignity"
Moshe Halbertal is the Gruss Professor of Law at NYU and Professor of Philosophy Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
The 2015 Dewey Lecture was recorded on November 11 at the University of Chicago Law School.
Dec 03 2015
Rank #20: M. Todd Henderson, "Do Judges Follow the Law?"
M. Todd Henderson is Professor of Law and Aaron Director Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on April 15, 2014, as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas lecture series.
Jun 03 2014