SLU LAW Summations

The SLU LAW Summations podcast is a 15-20 minute dive into a diverse mix of legal topics. Each episode will explore a fresh legal matter with a member of the Saint Louis University School of Law faculty.

Host: Corie Dugas, Outreach and Public Services Librarian at the Vincent C. Immel Law Library

Producer: Jessica Ciccone, Director of Communications 

Have an idea for a podcast topic? Email lawcommunications@slu.edu.

Programming note: New episodes of SLU LAW Summations will return in August. 


The Patent Battle in the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court recently put out a ruling on a critical patent case in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee. The case addressed two important questions associated with how the United States Patent Office reviews granted patents. In this episode, Professor Yvette Liebesman discusses the case and implications of the ruling on patent law.


The Fight Over Public Education 

There is currently a $42 million dollar fight over education in the city of St. Louis. Charter schools are staking claim on their funding while St. Louis Public Schools are insisting they are owed funds for desegregation. It is a battle that has become commonplace across the country. In this episode we are joined by Michael Wolff, dean of SLU LAW, to take a closer look at what is really at stake.


Healthcare Legislation in Missouri

Recently, the Missouri legislature has passed two bills that change the way health insurance is managed in our state.  These changes have been a long time coming and finally put Missouri on par with many other states. In this episode, we are joined by Sidney Watson, the Jane and Bruce Robert Professor in the SLU LAW Center for Health Law Studies.  Professor Watson teaches Health Law Policy and Advocacy where she empowers her students to enable change in Missouri legislation. 


Understanding the Ferguson Consent Decree

The City of Ferguson, Missouri recently voted to approve the consent decree put forth by the U.S. Department of Justice. The document included provisions that were meant to ensure protection of the constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community. This is not the first time a consent decree has been used by the DOJ. In this episode, Assistant Professor Justin Hansford takes us through the process and how it has been used in the recent past.

  


Religious Freedom and the First Amendment

From Indiana to Georgia and North Carolina, to right here in Missouri, religious freedom has been at the center of legislation presented amidst much state and nationwide controversy and discussion around issues of LGBT discrimination. Despite having recently been shut down in Missouri, this type of legislation will likely resurface and goes beyond the present. Associate Professor Chad Flanders joins us for this episode to explain religious freedom, the Constitution and the relationship to LGBT issues. Flanders is a constitutional law professor and a scholar of religion and the First Amendment..

  


Policing the Police: Licensing and Decertification for Police Officers

Most of us are lucky enough to only have positive interactions with police officers. But across the nation there are some cases of notorious police misconduct and sometimes, because of licensing issues, these officers are allowed to work in other jurisdictions. Professor Emeritus Roger Goldman has spent the past 35 years studying the process of decertification for police officers and has recently worked to bring forth legislation to close these loopholes.

  


Dying with Dignity: The Ethics and Legality

This year’s annual health law symposium will address the ongoing ethical and legal questions about policies and practices that impact utilization and quality of life that improve dying. Beyond the headlines of right to die legislation, many patients and their families are faced with hardships and ethical dilemmas. In this podcast Assistant Professor of Health Law & Ethics Kelly Dineen will explore the policies that can address issues of untimely and premature death and improving the quality of dying.  


Choosing the Next Vice President

Every election, months before an official candidate is nominated, the names of potential vice presidents are floated around. For each presidential candidate there are different factors to consider, and over the years the role of the vice president seems to have changed. This podcast, featuring Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law Joel K. Goldstein, will explore what the future holds for the candidates and for the office itself.



The Internet Wants You to Lose Your Job

It only takes one tweet, one Facebook post or even just an overheard conversation shared without your knowledge to go viral and your job is in jeopardy. Something that was once overlooked by HR departments because they occurred outside of the office can no longer be ignored. Companies are having to rethink their approach to employee relations and perhaps how they can protect themselves from legal recourse. Callis Family Professor of Law Matt Bodie explores the legal implications of social media and the workplace.



Shattering the Glass Ceiling

This year’s Public Law Review symposium will cover the topic of women in the workplace and the change needed for equality. Professor Marcia McCormick, director of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, addresses inequalities, stereotypes and discrimination facing women today in advance of the “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” symposium







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