Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Evolution vs Creationism

The New York Times has a series of videos, Retro Report, which re-examine old controversies and their relevance to the present. It has just posted one about the conflict between science (evolution, in this case) and theology (the Biblical story of creation). There are important constitutional law issues here - the separation of church and state. 10 min 47 sec, no transcript but an article about the subject of the video.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Harvard Law School Celebrates Its 200 Years

Harvard Law School, founded in 1817, is celebrating its 200th birthday this year.  It organized an October summit for exploring big ideas, “HLS in the World” with videos of many of the events posted on YouTube. You can find them here. There are so many that it's hard to offer a selection on this blog, but one of the most popular is an interview with Harold Koh and Samantha Power about their careers as academics and government officials in the area of international law. Another one is a discussion with three federal appellate judges about how they work. Part of the celebration even included a re-argument of the landmark Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison. The videos posted are usually about 1h 30 min, no transcript, but often good subtitles.
The law school appears to be adding more videos in addition to the 30 already posted.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Law in Action Is Back

The BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action is back with another series of programmes. The first in the series begins by talking about the government’s secret intelligence agency, GCHS, and why it needs lawyers. Later in the programme, presenter Joshua Rosenberg, speaks of « the biggest legal challenge of our lifetime » – Brexit. Finally, you will hear a discussion of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and what kind of news about it the media can report.
The second episode talks about recent acid attacks and what sorts of laws could reduce them, followed by news of a change in what is required to file a claim in an employment tribunal. The fees that were once required have been found unlawful. Then the question whether too many cases involving young people are being dealt with in criminal courts is raised. Finally you can hear a piece about the effect of an apology on potential lawsuits. Another episode will air next week.
about 27 minutes, no transcript.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

President Trump’s Twitter Account and the First Amendment Rights of His Critics

NPR’s All Things Considered has a piece about a lawsuit by someone who was blocked from making comments on President Trump’s twitter account and he says this infringes his first amendment right to use a public forum. 3 mimn 32 sec, transcript available.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Nudging Government

Cass Sunstein, professor of law at Harvard Law School, co-authored a book, Nudge, in 2009 with Richard H. Thaler who was just awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics. At a recent book talk sponsored by the Harvard Law School library, Sunstein explained how nudging can be used to help governments obtain better results. If you don’t know what a nudge is, you will after listening to this enlightening talk. 60 minutes, no transcript.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bank Robber to Law Professor

CBS’s program 60 Minutes has a story about a convicted bank robber who has become a professor at Georgetown law school. 14 min, transcript available.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Ceremony in the UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court on October 2 held a swearing-in ceremony for the new President (Lady Brenda Hale), Deputy President (Lord Jonathan Mance) and three new justices, including the second woman to serve on this court. Lots of fancy judicial robes, no wigs. 30 min, no transcript.