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31 minutes | 2 days ago
Alumna Sheena Patel, In-House Counsel at Tesla
LUC Law grad Sheena Patel shares her story from tax law certificate to the Big 4 and now as in-house counsel at the world's electric car leader, Tesla. She details navigating a career as an attorney outside a firm and government and offers candid advice on humility and what other traits to cultivate that lead to success and fulfillment.
17 minutes | 9 days ago
From JD to Media Mogul: Diana Chen
Leanne talks to Diana Chen (LUC Law ‘14) about her path through law school and beyond. After working as an attorney at Karbal, Cohen, Economou, Silk and Dunne, Diana expanded her skills as a digital content creator, freelance writer, marketer and podcaster. They discuss the boundaries of a JD and how law students should rethink their postgraduate possibilities.
64 minutes | 16 days ago
What Does "Diversity" Mean - Part 1
The entire Podvocate team sits down to share what "diversity" means to each of us. What does it look like in the workplace, at school and in one's social circle? And, how do we pursue diversity when everyone around us is digging in our heels? Join us for a very personal, honest and thoughtful discussion on how we connect and learn from each other.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Alumni Guest La'Mont Williams
In this week’s episode, Emmett talks with LUC Law alumnus La’Mont Williams (‘14), the current Chief of Staff to Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry. They talk about must-take Loyola Law courses, where to look for summer opportunities when plans fall through, and the decision to step away from practicing law and into the political sphere.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Google v. Oracle: Part Two
This week on The Podvocate, Leanne and Olivia sit down with Professor Matthew Sag to deconstruct October’s Google v. Oracle oral argument over the use of Java in the Android operating system. We take a look at what the justices’ questions revealed about their positions and what the outcome might be. Professor Sag is a leading expert in intellectual property law and he practiced in Silicon Valley, California and in the United Kingdom.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Reimagining Objective Legal Principles with Randall Kennedy
On this week's episode of The Podvocate, Olivia & Lenny explore the topic of “the legal imagination” with nationally-renowned Harvard Law professor and author Randall Kennedy. This is the first episode of a three-part series exploring the role of imagination in the law and how it might be used to rethink “objective” legal principles, processes and methods we rely on. This project has been inspired by Derrick's Bell’s book "And We are Not Saved" and Patricia Williams’ book "The Alchemy of Race and Rights." In this episode, Professor Kennedy speaks to the history that has created these principles, their implications and his own vision on what we might reimagine in the legal system and beyond. Professor Kennedy also speaks about his relationship with Derrick Bell and their disagreement about what can be what is possible given the realities of the world we live in. If you are interested in knowing more about Professor Kennedy, check out his recent article entitled "Derrick Bell & Me" available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3350497 or one of his many other publications: Race, Crime, and the Law; Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal; For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law; The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency.
59 minutes | 4 months ago
Community Reintegration After Incarceration
In today’s episode, Lenny explores the topic of community reintegration after incarceration to examine the many barriers individuals face when released from the prison system. Lenny is first joined by Tanya Woods, Loyola University Chicago School of Law alumna and Executive Director of the Westside Justice Center, who shares her perspective from working in the communities on the West Side of Chicago. Lenny then speaks with Rodney Phillips, a field manager from the Chicago Peace Academy, who details his experiences in navigating the reintegration process and discusses his current role in violence intervention.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
What's Cooking? An Interview with Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry
Bill Lowry, Commissioner of the 3rd District of Cook County, speaks with Emmett about breathing life into the law from the perspective of an often misunderstood layer of local government. Together, they take a deep dive into one of America's most storied and mischaracterized political machines. A Loyola Chicago Law alumnus, Commissioner Lowry is also president and a co-managing shareholder at Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry.
73 minutes | 4 months ago
The Racial Wealth Gap & Taxes
The American tax system treats whites and Blacks differently, and the disparity is growing. Tax rates, loopholes, history, enforcement ... all of it culminates in depriving Blacks of financial means and public services. Join Matt Doran as he interviews Prof. Francine Lipman of UNLV Law, the nation's foremost expert on how federal, state and local tax policies prevent Blacks from accumulating the money needed to thrive. You will not think about taxes the same again.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Seasaw: China's Claims on the South China Sea
In this week’s episode, LUC Professor Paul Kapfer joins Lenny and Leanne as they dive into a discussion on the ongoing conflict surrounding the South China Sea. They discuss the basis for China’s claim to the region, the sea’s global significance, the U.S. response, and the international law covering maritime claims. For additional reading and background into this topic, Professor Kapfer recommends the 2007 Senate Report titled "Convention on the Law of the Sea" written by then Senator Joe Biden. Paul Kapfer teaches International Humanitarian Law as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago Law School. He has a BA in International Economics and French from Valparaiso University and a JD from the University of Iowa. After law school, Paul served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) officer. On active duty, Paul’s most frequent role was in-house counsel, advising a 14-state Navy region commander on criminal prosecution and Army generals in Iraq on the law of armed conflict.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Telemedicine & the Law
This week, Leanne talks to health law expert and Loyola professor John Blum about the changing landscape of telehealth and telemedicine in the wake of COVID-19. Digital health mediums have complex implications on privacy law, insurance, and health policy. Join us as we unwrap all the layers in this week’s episode of The Podvocate.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
All Rise: This Zoom Court Will Now Come to Order
This week on The Podvocate, Emmett and Leanne speak with Cook County Judge Jim Snyder and Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator Deborah Baker to analyze anticipated local changes to legal proceedings due to the COVID-19 online transition. While there are some positive and negative procedural implications of Zoom proceedings, there are also justice concerns. Judge Snyder oversees a Commercial Litigation Docket at the Daley Center in Chicago. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as General Counsel of the Illinois Human Rights Commission and has been active in judicial education, teaching peer education classes in Advanced Discovery, Consumer Fraud, and Civil Procedure. Prior to being appointed as an arbitrator, Arbitrator Baker worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections as Assistant Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Agency Ethics Officer. Arbitrator Baker has also worked as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General and as a civil litigator.
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Google v. Oracle—Part One
This week on The Podvocate, Leanne and Olivia sit down with Professor Matthew Sag to discuss the upcoming Google v. Oracle oral argument and its implications on tech copyright law. The oral argument represents a decade-long court battle between two tech giants over small pieces of software that underpin our daily lives. Professor Sag is a leading expert in the field and he practiced intellectual property law in Silicon Valley, California and in the United Kingdom.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
Season 3 Roundtable Opener
Join the new board for a discussion on what's to come in Season 3!
109 minutes | 9 months ago
S2E25 | Roundtable on the Value of College
For the final regular episode of our second season, the Podvocate team has a roundtable discussion about how our varied individual educational experiences have given us different preparation for law school, the increasing cost of an undergraduate education and seeming lack of increase in value, and expectations and advice we have for future generations.
33 minutes | a year ago
S2E11 | Human Trafficking, Part Two
In the second half of this two-part episode, Haley and Matt sit down again with the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall to discuss her career prior and after her appointment to the bench. Specifically, Judge Kendall discusses when and why human trafficking happens, the different forms of human trafficking, and how she has been able to help trafficking victims throughout the world. The Honorable Virginia M. Kendall is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was appointed to the bench in January 2006 by President George W. Bush. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago where she worked for over ten years. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, she was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee which reviewed all multi-jurisdictional child exploitation cases, served as the Child Exploitation Coordinator in the Northern District of Illinois, and as Coordinator of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Judge Kendall is the co-author of Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and the U.S. Responses, with T. Markus Funk (foreword by The Hon. Richard A. Posner). Judge Kendall received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
51 minutes | a year ago
S2E8 | Staying Best Friends
Jake sits down with Father Jerry Overbeck, the official chaplain of LUC School of Law, to discuss the journeys relationships go through for law students. He discusses his program, “Staying Best Friends”, and the overall importance of maintaining strong relationships during law school. Jim gets some insights from members of the Loyola community on their experiences balancing law school and their relationships. Special thanks to Teddy Gelderman, Kyrsten D'Amico, Carly Helman, Matt Chapman, and Jackie Ross for their contributions to this episode.
84 minutes | 2 years ago
Dialogue #18 | Dean Zelda Harris
Dean Zelda Harris joins Jake and Richard to discuss the new Professional Identity Formation class, implicit bias training, and microagressions.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Dialogue #16 | Professor Thomas Haney and Dean James Faught
Professor Tom Haney and Dean James Faught join the podcast to discuss their involvement in Blackacre, the old law school newspaper and predecessor to Dialogue, de Novo. They discuss with Richard and Jake the ways in which we preserve history, and the importance of building a community through media.
86 minutes | 2 years ago
Dialogue #15 | Alice O'Connell
Alice O'Connell joins Jake and Nico to discuss being transgender, while also entering the practice of law.
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