Common Law,” a podcast sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law and hosted by Dean Risa Goluboff and Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick ’06, will return for its third season Jan. 26 with a focus on “Law and Equity.”

The new season marks a departure of sorts from the first two, which had a temporal focus on the future of law and how law and lawyers made history, respectively.

“Equity issues touch on everything from racial disparities to marriage to policing to the economy and beyond,” Goluboff said. “We’ll be looking at how law intersects with equity, how law can help strengthen or break down equity, and the difference between equity and equality.”

The season will launch with Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy, an expert in racial justice, who in light of recent events discusses visions for a racial “promised land” — a reference to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech.

Other scheduled guests this season include UVA President Jim Ryan ’92 and Law School professors Naomi Cahn, Deborah Hellman and Rachel Harmon. The podcast moving fully online allowed for easier outreach to a range of legal luminaries outside the school, including New York University law professor and “Strict Scrutiny” podcast co-host Melissa Murray, Columbia Law School professor Michael Graetz ’69 and Boston University Law School Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig. In a first for the show, a UVA Law student will be interviewed; Jolena Zabel ’21 is pairing up with UVA Law professor Camilo Sánchez to discuss gender equity concerns in soccer.

“We are so pleased a blockbuster slate of guests could join us to discuss these important issues,” Kendrick said. “This season will show how equity affects all our lives in unexpected ways.”

Episodes will be posted every two weeks throughout the spring.

“Common Law” is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, YouTube, Spotify and other popular places you can listen to podcasts, including Amazon Alexa devices. The show is produced by Emily Richardson-Lorente.

You can follow the show on the website or Twitter at @CommonLawUVA.

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