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.”


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Jed Rakoff
With scientific evidence an intrinsic and complex part of today’s court cases, can judges keep up? Senior U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York discusses challenges and opportunities for jurists.
Leslie Kendrick, Micah Schwartzman and Nelson Tebbe
UVA Law professors Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman join Cornell’s Nelson Tebbe to discuss the evolution of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on religion.
Ashley Deeks
As tech transforms traditional warfare, UVA Law professor Ashley Deeks explains how national security is changing and discusses whether the law can keep up.
Michael Livermore
From courtroom apps to analyzing law texts, UVA Law professor Michael Livermore explains how technology is reshaping legal processes and yielding new insights. More
Driving in an autonomous vehicle
UVA Law professor Kenneth Abraham and alum Mike Raschid ’86, chief legal officer and vice president of operations at Perrone Robotics, discuss what a future with autonomous vehicles will mean for liability and beyond. More
Dayna Bowen Matthew
Public health policy expert and UVA Law professor Dayna Matthew ’87 explores factors — such as where you live and your race — that affect health outcomes, and how lawyers and doctors are teaming up to confront these challenges. More
Mila Versteeg, Toby Heytens, and a "Game of Thrones" Still
We take a break from this season’s focus on the future of law to explore the future (and past) of Westeros with Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens ’00 and Professor Mila Versteeg. More
Ruth Mason
UVA Law professor Ruth Mason explains why the world is at a crossroads on international tax, as nations consider how to ensure that corporations like Google, Amazon and Apple are paying their fair share in a digital economy. More
George Geis and Mayme Donohue
UVA Law professor George Geis and attorney Mayme Donohue of Hunton Andrews Kurth discuss the impact of blockchain — the same technology fueling the rise of cryptocurrencies — on a range of industries, including law. More
Leslie Kendrick and Risa Goluboff
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. More
John Grisham and Deirdre Enright in the studio
Best-selling author John Grisham and UVA Law Innocence Project Director Deirdre Enright discuss the latest on innocence cases, forensics and the future of criminal justice. More
Episodes will be released on a biweekly schedule. Shows this season include: Innocence cases and wrongful convictions, with author John Grisham and UVA Law Innocence Project director Deirdre Enright ’92. Blockchain technology and its potential effect on vast areas of law and business, with Professor George Geis and attorney Mayme Donohue of Hunton Andrews Kurth. International efforts to tax corporate giants like Apple, and the future of tax under recent changes to U.S. tax code, with Professor Ruth Mason. The challenge of combating discrimination in health care, with Professor Dayna Bowen
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Though much divides us these days, there are still some things we all share in common. One of them is law. In “Common Law,” a podcast sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Risa Goluboff and UVA Law professors Danielle K. Citron, John C. Harrison, Cathy Hwang and Gregory Mitchell explore how law shapes society, how we shape law and why we should all care. MORE Risa Goluboff @RisaGoluboff Risa 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