Law Review Squared

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September 27, 2021  

Eliminating Constitutional Law

In this episode, Tony discusses Eliminativism with Professor Evan Bernick from NIU.  Does constitutional law actually exist? Do constitutional decisionmakers need to have a theory of law in order to choose a constitutional theory? Does whether something is law carry moral weight? How does a judge or other decision maker make decisions when presented with an unjust law? Also, is twitter going to be the new way to submit law review articles?

The article discussed is: Evan D. Bernick, Eliminating Constitutional Law, South Dakota Law Review (Forthcoming).

Guest: Evan Bernick

Host: Tony Fernando

Audio: Mohammed Saleem

Producer: Tony Fernando

September 13, 2021  

Equity in Law School Admissions

Dean Danielle Conway, head of Penn State Dickinson Law, joins the panel to discuss law school admissions. How can the law school admission process lead to systematic inequities? How has Penn State Dickinson Law adjusted its admissions process to address some of these sources of inequity? Can everybody benefit when procedures are changed to address diversity, equity, and inclusion? 

This is the second of a 2-part mini-series focused on law school. 

The paper discussed is: Danielle M. Conway, Bekah Saidman-Krauss & Rebecca Schreiber, Building an Antiracist Law School: Inclusivity in Admissions and Retention of Diverse Students-- Leadership Determines DEI Success, Forthcoming Rutgers Race & L. Rev. (2021).

Guest: Danielle Conway

Host: Tony Fernando

Panel: Schenley Kent, Seth Trott

Audio: Mohammed Saleem

Producer: Tony Fernando

September 6, 2021  

Processes in Law School Which Affect Law Students and Lawyers

Professor Kathryne Young from UMass-Amherst is conducting a longitudinal study of law students and mental health. The first paper from that effort was published earlier this year. In this episode, our panel visits with Professor Young to discuss her research. How does a lawyer's professional identity develop? We revisit the question of curved grades and the incentives they create. Who speaks up in class, and can the answer to that question affect the learning of other students? Also, our first question from a listener!

This episode is the first of a 2-part mini-series discussing law school and the law student experience.

The paper discussed was: Kathryne Young, Understanding the Social and Cognitive Processes in Law School that Create Unhealthy Lawyers, 89 Fordham L. Rev. 2575 (2021).

Guest: Kathryne Young

Host: Schenley Kent

Panel: Tony Fernando, Courtney Buechler, Seth Trott

Audio: Mohammed Saleem

Producer: Tony Fernando

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