Leading Questions

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The Harvard Law Record’s legal interview podcast, hosted by Evelyn Douek and Hannah Solomon-Strauss.

Episode Date
Susan Davies on finding judges and serendipity
Evelyn and Hannah speak to Professor Susan Davies, the Joseph Story Senior Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Professor Davies talks about her incredible career, including roles in all three branches of government, and how important luck is but how that doesn't mean you shouldn't plan.
Jun 18, 2018
Jody Freeman on energy policies for law and life
Evelyn and Hannah talk to Professor Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program, about her career in academia and government, being at the forefront of environmental law and policy development, and cooking magazines.
Jun 02, 2018
Bonnie Docherty, on small steps and big change
Evelyn and Hannah talk to Bonnie Docherty, the Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, about being a leading lawyer in the humanitarian disarmament movement, winning the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and how individuals can create historic change.
May 20, 2018
Richard Lazarus on good plans, well-executed
Evelyn and Hannah talk to Professor Richard Lazarus, environmental law expert and giant of the Supreme Court Bar, about his well-planned career, some of his more famous articles, and a failed party he and housemate John Roberts tried to throw.
Apr 18, 2018
Bruce Mann on his love of history (and musicals)
Evelyn and Hannah talk to Professor Bruce Mann about how to learn from history, the role of chance in life, and how much he loves being a Professor and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Mar 22, 2018
Sharon Block on loving labor
Evelyn and Hannah spoke with Sharon Block, the Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at HLS, about her two decades of service in labor policy positions across the federal government, what it's like in the West Wing, and staying positive through difficult career transitions.
Mar 06, 2018
Jack Corrigan on the many places law can take you
Evelyn and Hannah talk to Jack Corrigan, a lecturer at the Prosecutions Clinic at HLS, on his time as an assistant district attorney, and his front-row seat to historic events like the Florida recount and the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Feb 11, 2018
Professor Sachs on labor law being everywhere
Evelyn and Hannah sit down with Professor Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School, to learn about how labor and employment law is everywhere in our lives and the news, even if you don't always see it, get some great movie recommendations and an interesting productivity tip.
Jan 24, 2018
Episode 17: Martha Field, female pioneer
Evelyn and Hannah talk to Professor Field about her pioneering career, including clerking for three Supreme Court justices and being the second woman ever to receive tenure at Harvard Law School.
Dec 18, 2017
Episode 16: David Strauss
In their first interview, Evelyn and Hannah talk to Visiting Professor David Strauss about his varied and distinguished career, what it's like appearing before the Supreme Court and his "Dad Scam".
Dec 05, 2017
All Rise! Episode 15: Series Finale — The Handoff
In the series finale of All Rise!, Brady and Pete hand off the mics to their successors, Evelyn Douek and Hannah Solomon-Strauss. Their new edition of the pod will be called "Leading Questions" — stay tuned for their first episode next week. Thank you for these two years of listening — it has been a joy to share these interviews with you.
Nov 22, 2017
All Rise! Episode 14: Judge Nancy Gertner
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Judge Nancy Gertner. Judge Gertner is a former United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, a Senior Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a self-described “unrepentant advocate” for women’s rights, and the only Massachusetts judge to blog her experience. You don't want to miss this episode: tune in for stories about navigating 1960's feminism, going to law school with Hillary Clinton, taking on the Susan Saxe case, watching famous trials as a famous trial attorney, becoming a federal judge against all odds, and fighting back against mandatory minimums.
Aug 04, 2017
All Rise! Episode 13: Heather McGhee
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview public policy leader Heather McGhee. McGhee is a leading figure in a new generation of progressive changemakers, a fresh face on television and in the op-ed section, and the President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. She joined All Rise! this past Spring to discuss theater, American studies, the role of leaders in the progressive movement, the ability to make change over time, and hope for the democracy movement in the Trump era.
Jul 29, 2017
All Rise! Episode 12: Bob Bordone
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Bob Bordone. Bordone is the Founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, an expert in dispute systems design, and the leader of perhaps the only class on campus that makes people cry out of emotional connection rather than academic anxiety. He joined All Rise! in the spring to discuss his love of Dan Rather, his surprising path to becoming a law professor, and the special skills required for negotiation and mediation. Plus: a negotiation lightning round!
Jul 19, 2017
All Rise! Episode 11: Carol Steiker
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Carol Steiker. Steiker is the leading national expert on the death penalty and one half of perhaps the most influential brother-sister team in the law today. She joined All Rise! in the spring to discuss growing up in a family of lawyers, beating Elena Kagan out to be president of the Harvard Law Review, clerking for Thurgood Marshall, and fighting for the abolition of the death penalty.
Jul 10, 2017
All Rise! Episode 10: Khiara Bridges
In a very special *10th* episode, Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School visiting professor Khiara Bridges. Bridges is a force in Critical Race Theory scholarship, a Professor of Law and Anthropology at Boston University, an accomplished ballerina, and, according to the Boston Globe, one of Boston’s most fashionable people. She joined All Rise! in the spring to talk about: growing up in Miami, the importance of Spelman college, finding out about 9/11 during a Columbia tax law course, the insights of legal anthropology, and how she hopes to build on the legacy of her critical race theory mentors.
Jul 09, 2017
All Rise! Episode 9: Max Kenner and Vince Greco
Max Kenner is the founder and Executive Director of the Bard Prison Initiative, one of the leading programs providing college educations -- and college degrees -- to incarcerated Americans. He started the program while an undergraduate at Bard College and has overseen its growth over the past 16 years into a world-renowned program, copied at multiple colleges and featured in Bill Clinton’s book Giving. Vince Greco is one of the leading formerly incarcerated prison reform advocates in Maryland. He is member of the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform and Out for Justice. He is a beneficiary of prison education and during his three decade incarceration was a leader on the inside in expanding college programs to Maryland prisons. Kenner and Greco joined All Rise! in March to discuss the first encounters with prison education, the philosophy behind their prison education work and their hopes for the future of prison education.
Jun 11, 2017
All Rise! Episode 8: Tracey-Ann Daley
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School Student Activities Coordinator, Tracey-Ann Daley. From the Federalist Society to the wine club, Daley is the go-to person keeping the crazy civic life of Harvard Law from falling apart. She joined All Rise! in January to discuss her childhood in Jamaica and Connecticut, her career path from Jamaican law firms to MIT gyms to HLS students services, and the work of the Dean of Students office in staying positive, handling controversy and building up the campus community.
Apr 18, 2017
All Rise! Episode 7: Susan Crawford
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford. Crawford is an expert on municipal technology and the telecom industry, the co-director of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and is perhaps the only Harvard Law professor who has proposed an international holiday...OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet. She joined All Rise! in January to discuss her passion for viola, municipal broadband, innovative teaching methods, and more.
Apr 12, 2017
All Rise! Episode 6: Michael Klarman
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Michael Klarman. Klarman is a leading constitutional scholar, a specialist in the racial history of the Supreme Court, a Bancroft Prize winner, and the cause of Harvard Law’s longest waitlist. He joined All Rise! in January to discuss growing up, betting, the Constitution, Donald Trump, UVA and baseball.
Mar 02, 2017
All Rise! Episode 5: Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin.
Jun 25, 2016
All Rise! Episode 4: Alex Whiting
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Alex Whiting.
Jun 19, 2016
All Rise! Episode 3: Jonathan Zittrain
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain.
Apr 26, 2016
All Rise! Episode 2: Jeannie Suk
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Jeannie Suk
Apr 20, 2016
All Rise! Episode 1: Randall Kennedy
Brady Bender and Pete Davis interview Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy.
Apr 04, 2016