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Latest Episode

"One Conjugal Visit"

In prison, couples are forced to keep their relationships alive in visiting rooms, with 2 second hugs. One two. Let go. So they write letters and make phone calls. Many break up.
Advisory Scholar: LSA Member, Hadar Aviram, UC Hastings College of the Law

Past Episodes

"There Oughta Be A Law"
In Tennessee, it’s illegal for grocery stores to sell wine, but perfectly legal for passengers to ride in cars and drink alcohol. 
Advisory Scholar: LSA Member, Anna-Maria Marshall
, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"In the Name of the Father"
The Scottsboro Boys.
Advisory Scholar: LSA Member Osagie K. Obasogie
, University of California Hastings

“Jury Nullification”
The Power of Jury Nullification at the Global Freedom Summit
Featuring LSA member,Shari Diamond, Northwestern Law School

“The Necessity Defence”
Advisory Scholar: LSA member, Austin Sarat, Amherst College

“Trouble with Profiling”
Advisory Scholar: LSA member, Jon Gould, American University, Washingon Institute for Public and International Affairs

“On Prison and Pregnancy”
Advisory Scholar: LSA member, Renee Cramer, Drake University

“Justices on the Move”
Advisory Scholar: LSA member, Jon Gould, American University, Washingon Institute for Public and International Affairs

“Judging Steinbeck’s Lennie”
Advisory Scholar: LSA member, Ben Fleury-Steiner, University of Delaware

Interviews and Articles related to Law & Society Review

How We Talk About Abortion: When the Doctors Disappeared
Written by LSA member, Vincent Vacera, June 24th, 2014

The Rise of Lock 'Em Up: How Crime Became a Politics Question
Written by LSA member, Michael Campbell, June 18th, 2014

Law on the Books and Law in Action Don't Always Align
Written by LSA member, Mona Lynch and Marisa Omori, June 19, 2014


Life of the Law blog posts featuring LSA members

Blinding Us With Science: The Trouble with Forensic Sciences
Written by Anna-Maria Marshall on Monday, October 6, 2014

The Shrinking Death Penalty at Home and Abroad
Written by Benjamin Fleury-Steiner on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Will Big Data Change How Police Do Their Job?
Written by Elizabeth Joh on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

A Mostly Untold Story: Botched Executions and the Legitimacy of Capital Punishment
Written by Austin Sarat on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

How the Death Penalty is Linked to Resources
Written by Jon Gould on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Integrating Mindfulness into the Criminal Justice System
Written by David Onek on Wdnesday, October 16th, 2013

Parenting Through a Government Shutdown
Written by Renee Cramer on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Silenced: No Prison Access, No Prison Story
Written by Nancey Mullane on Friday, October 4th, 2014

Let's Talk: How Congress and the Court Make It Work
Written by Scott Barclay on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Inquiring Minds: Nothing Simple About Simple Justice
Written by Anna-Maria Marshall on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013