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Season 1: The Future of Law

From autonomous vehicles to science and the courts, hosts Risa Goluboff and Leslie Kendrick explore cutting-edge issues facing law and society on the first season of “Common Law.” MORE

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Leslie Kendrick and Risa Goluboff
Episode 0: Meet the Hosts

Risa Goluboff and Leslie Kendrick interview each other, talk about why they wanted to start a podcast, and discuss what this season will focus on.

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Risa Goluboff


Risa GoluboffRisa Goluboff is the the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and a professor of history at UVA. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century.

She is the author of the award-winning books “The Lost Promise of Civil Rights” (Harvard, 2007) and “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s” (Oxford, 2016). Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of “Civil Rights Stories” (Foundation Press, 2008), and the author of numerous shorter works.

Goluboff is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. She also holds appointments as professor of history in the Corcoran Department of History, faculty affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and faculty senior fellow at the Miller Center.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2002, Goluboff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa.

She earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, Ph.D. and M.A. at Princeton University, and A.B. at Harvard University.

Leslie Kendrick


Leslie KendrickLeslie Kendrick is an expert in the First Amendment and freedom of expression, particularly the scope and structure of free speech rights. She writes and teaches courses in torts, property and constitutional law. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Virginia Law Review, the Supreme Court Review and many other publications.

Kendrick is a member of the American Law Institute, as well as past chair of the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems and a member of the Harvard Higher Education Forum.

Kendrick received a B.A. in classics and English as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her master's and doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She earned a J.D. as a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar at UVA, where she served as essays development editor for the Virginia Law Review.

Before joining the faculty in 2008, Kendrick clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Justice David Hackett Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States.

About the Producers

The podcast is produced by Emily Richardson-Lorente. Season 2 producers include Roberto Armengol, Sydney Halleman and Tony Field (@teafield). Field, founding producer of the American history podcast “BackStory” and Slate’s legal podcast “Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick,” helped found and produce “Common Law” in its first season.

About the Show

Seasons 1 and 2 of “Common Law” were recorded at the studios of the Virginia Quarterly Review and Virginia Humanities.