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The Boston University School of Law Podcasts bring a special series of interviews with BU Law Professors and Thought Leaders. The show is hosted by BU Law Alum and WBZ Radio host Dan Rea.

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Constitutional Interpretation

In this edition of the Boston University School of Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes an expert on constitutional law, theory and interpretation, Professor James E. Fleming to discuss his new book, Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions. Dan & Professor Fleming will discuss constitutional interpretation, who is qualified to interpret the Constitution and partisan approaches to constitutional interpretation.

27mins

3 Feb 2010

Rank #1

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The Odd Clauses of the U.S. Constitution

The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, and throughout history, legal provisions like the First Amendment and Second Amendment have taken center stage. But what about the lesser-known parts of our Constitution? In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host David Yas, a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth, welcomes law professor and humorist Jay Wexler to discuss his new book, The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of its Most Curious Provisions. In a wide-ranging conversation, they touch on constitutional oddities such as the Titles of Nobility Clause and the Letters of Marque Clause, and discuss instances where these long-ignored provisions have suddenly become headline news after decades or centuries in hibernation.

25mins

7 Nov 2011

Rank #2

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Judicial Philosophy in Legal Interpretation at the Supreme Court

In this edition of the Boston University School of Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor Ward Farnsworth, to discuss his ongoing research into the role of politics and judicial philosophy in legal interpretation at the Supreme Court. Dan and Professor Farnsworth will look at the role of policy preferences and how it affects the current Supreme Court Justices’ decision making and pattern of voting.

27mins

7 Apr 2010

Rank #3

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The Innocence Project & Wrongful Convictions

In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Stanley Z. Fisher, Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law and founding member and trustee of the New England Innocence Project. Dan and Stanley take a look at the New England Chapter of the Innocence Project, how cases get to the Innocence Project, wrongful convictions, police procedures and explore Professor Fisher’s 2008 Study of Eyewitness Identification Reform in Massachusetts.

36mins

3 Aug 2010

Rank #4

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Immigration and Refugee Law

In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Clinical Professor Susan M.Akram, a global legal expert on human rights and refugee law at Boston University. Dan and Susan take a look at common issues, from a legal perspective, that plaque immigrants and refugees today. In addition, they explore the Civil Litigation Clinic, where Susan oversees students handling refugee and asylum cases and more and the impact of fighting for the rights of refugees and immigrants.

24mins

3 Sep 2010

Rank #5

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Fiduciary Law

In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes BU Law Professor Tamar Frankel to discuss her new book entitled, Fiduciary Law. Dan and Tamar explore fiduciary law, the power of trust and honesty and the impact of new legislation.

25mins

1 Feb 2011

Rank #6

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Representing Death Row Inmates

A lawyer who has spent 30 years representing inmates who sit on death row is our guest on this edition of the BU Law podcast. Host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Kenneth J. Rose, senior staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina, to spotlight the Center and their work with death row inmates. Dan and Ken discuss the personal 10-year battle to save a mentally challenged farmhand, Bo Jones from execution, the 2009 Racial Justice Act, misrepresentation by attorneys and the great debate over the death penalty.

27mins

6 Apr 2011

Rank #7

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Managing a Law Firm as a Business

Economic factors have fundamentally changed the way lawyers do business. It is much more competitive in the legal profession now and some even say the end has come for the billable hour! Host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes James W. Jones, Co-managing director and senior vice president of Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, to discuss recent trends in the legal marketplace. Jim talks about technology, outsourcing, competition among firms and the skills that law grads will need to be successful, as law firms evolve their business models.

23mins

5 May 2011

Rank #8

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The Economic Impact of Lawsuits by Patent Trolls

Patent litigation has taken off in recent decades. While many of the most visible patent lawsuits are initiated by major technology companies seeking to gain leverage over competitors, an increasing number are brought by patent trolls—firms that acquire patents with no intention of developing a technology with them, but instead use them to threaten practicing companies with litigation over alleged infringements. In this BU Law podcast, host David Yas, a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth, joins James E. Bessen, lecturer in law at Boston University School of Law and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, to talk about his paper, The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls. Together they discuss the economic impact of the surge in lawsuits by patent trolls, the potential for legislation to solve this problem, and how the patent war is ultimately affecting innovation.

26mins

30 Jan 2012

Rank #9

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Patent Failure

In this edition of the Boston University School of Law podcast, host and media veteran, Dan Rea of WBZ-Radio 1030 welcomes Professor Michael Meurer, the Michaels Faculty Research Scholar of Law at BU School of Law, to discuss his new book, Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk. Dan and Professor Meurer take a hard look at the American patent system and why many innovators consider this system and the institutions created to protect patents complete failures.

25mins

4 Mar 2010

Rank #10