Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The History of Gerrymandering 

There have been several mentions of gerrymandering on this blog, but for some in-depth historical background, you can to to a New York Times retro report on the subject and learn its relationship to an attempt to ensure that minorities, especially black Americans, could be elected. 11 min, 36 sec, no transcript, but the video is accompanied by a long newspaper article. You can also turn on the subtitles.
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

The U.S. Senate is holding hearings before giving their "advice and consent" to President Trump's pick to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The hearings this time are especially acrimonious. To put them in historical perspective, The New York Times has a video presentation, How Supreme Court Confirmations Became Partisan Spectacles. 4 min 44 sec, no transcript but you can turn on subtitles.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Stanford Law's Radio Program on YouTube

Stanford Law School produces a radio program, Stanford Legal on Sirius XM Radio, which it also puts on YouTube. The advantage of this format is that not only can you see the speakers but you can also activate automatic subtitles and even change the speed of the sound. One recent topic was the opioid crisis and how to use the legal system to fight it. You can find part one (19 min.) here, part two (9 min.) here. Other topics treated include Robotics and Law (36 min.) and Elon Musk and Tesla - part one (12 min.) is here, part two (10 min.) is here.

Justice Elena Kagan at Harvard Law School

Speaking to a group of first year law students, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recalls her experience as a law student at Harvard, giving a good description of the « intellectual feast » aspect of law school combined with its « real life » aspect. She also talks about her years as the dean of the law school and finally about her Supreme Court experiences. 54 min, you can turn on subtitles (which have a few inevitable mistakes).

Thursday, August 23, 2018

What Does It Take To Impeach A U.S. President?

NPR's Ron Elving explains here the procedure by which the House of Representative and the U.S. Senate remove a sitting president. 5 min 13 sec, no transcript but lots of text on the slides.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Links from Current Awareness

Current Awareness, a blog from the Inner Temple, one of the English Inns of Court, has posted links to over 250 free legal education resources here,  under the title "Learn For Free." Many of the links take you to interesting audio and video material.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Catholics on Capital Punishment

Pope Francis recently declared the death penalty unacceptable in all circumstances. NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, about the new Catholic position and the evolution of American public opinion against capital punishment. 4 min 13 sec. transcript available.