Season 3: Law and Equity

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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 Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick explore how law shapes society, how we shape law and why we should all care.

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What role can law play in making society more equitable? "Common Law" hosts Risa Goluboff and Leslie Kendrick will explore how inequities touch our lives, sometimes in unexpected ways. Tune in Jan. 26 for the first episode.

Jim Ryan
Why are many K-12 schools are still struggling with the legacy of segregation almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education ? University of Virginia President Jim Ryan discusses the role of the Supreme Court, public policy and higher education in addressing the issue.
Camilo Sánchez and Jolena Zabel
Despite dominating in international competition, the U.S. women’s soccer team is paid far less than their male counterparts. UVA Law professor Camilo Sánchez and law student Jolena Zabel explore players’ efforts around the world to achieve equity in pay and working conditions.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Black communities experience lasting “cultural trauma” from the lack of accountability for police and vigilante violence, explains Boston University School of Law Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig.
Rachel Harmon
UVA Law professor Rachel Harmon, author of “The Law of the Police,” says it’s time for Americans to broadly rethink how we regulate the police.
Melissa Murray
From interracial marriage to LGBTQ rights, when the Supreme Court decriminalizes private behavior, other forms of regulation step in, says New York University School of Law professor Melissa Murray.
Michael Graetz
Economic insecurity is affecting Americans’ lives in profound ways, both at home and in politics. Columbia law professor and UVA Law alumnus Michael Graetz discusses his proposals for reform.
Naomi Cahn
From health care to taxes, numerous financial benefits are still tied to whether you are married — even as the marriage rate is declining. UVA Law professor Naomi Cahn discusses how uncoupling benefits from marriage can be more equitable.
Deborah Hellman
UVA Law professor Deborah Hellman discusses her work on how algorithms can compound injustice, and the evolution of her theory on discrimination.
Randall Kennedy
Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy discusses past and present visions for a “promised land” on race, and what law can do to shape it.