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This directory contains links to publicly accessible podcasts. Some only provide audio, while others provide audio and video.

All public podcasts are the property of Drake Law School and may not be redistributed in any form to any person without express written consent.

2018-19 Podcasts

Cole Hall Rededication
September 25, 2018

The rededication features the presentation of a Governor's proclamation in honor of the anniversary of the Clark decision read by Iowa State Senator Jack Whitver, and includes remarks by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady.


2017-18 Podcasts

The Development of Constitutional Conservatism
March 29, 2018
Note:  Audio heard best with headphones or eternal speakers.

Ken Kersch is currently visiting as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.  He is a Professor of Political Science at Boston College and spoke as part of the Constitutional Law Center's Distinguised Lecture Series.


2016-17 Podcasts

An Insider’s Legal Perspective on the Music Industry
April 6, 2017

Wade Leak, senior vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief compliance, ethics, and privacy officer at Sony Music Entertainment, shared his thoughts on the ever-changing legal landscape affecting the music industry, highlighting several recent key legal developments and impactful cases involving Sony Music.

In Pursuit of International Criminal Justice
April 6, 2017

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, American diplomat, prosecutor, and Drake Law alumnus with more than 30 years of legal experience in the US government and the United Nations, speaks on his work dealing with issues of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. 

Strategy & Tactics in Patent Litigation – What You Didn’t Learn in Law School or From A Book
March 30, 2017

Charles Monterio Jr., LW'04, intellectual property partner at Blank Rome LLP, discusses his views on many of the judgment calls that should be made in patent litigation when there are no answers in the books.

Legal and Public Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence
Feb. 9, 2017

Wilson White, public policy and government relations senior counsel at Google, discusses the current state of technological developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He addresses current legal issues, innovation necessary in the law, and public policy considerations.

Social Justice Panel Discussion
Nov. 3, 2016

Panelists included Frank Cownie, mayor of Des Moines; Lt. Lillie Sams, City of Des Moines Police Department; Donna Red Wing, executive director of One Iowa; Joshua Barr, director of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission; and Louis Fountain, community activist and founder of FountainOne Consulting LLC.

Same-Sex Marriage and Backlash: Constitutionalism Through the Lens of Consensus and Conflict
Oct. 27, 2016
Professor Reva Siegel, Yale Law School

Note: The stream may not be redistributed in any form without the express written consent of the speaker and Drake University Law School.

Constitution Day Lecture – Guns, Speech, and Sex: The Rise of Constitutional Extremism
Sept. 15, 2016
Professor Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law

2015-16 Podcasts

War Powers and the Constitution: 15 Years After 9/11
2016 Constitutional Law Symposium 
April 9, 2016

The tragic events of 9/11 led the United States to fight two wars in the names of counter-terrorism and democracy—one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. This panel will address the complicated constitutional role played by the United States in fighting and assisting in these wars, as well as the broader constitutional issues of war powers after 9/11.

Speakers included Stephen Griffin (Tulane Law School), Saikrishna Prakash (University of Virginia School of Law), Stephen Vladeck (American University Washington College of Law), and Mariah Zeisberg (University of Michigan).

Scrutinizing Polygamy After Hobby Lobby and Obergefell
Feb. 4, 2016
Professor Maura Strassberg

Now that the Supreme Court has determined that same-sex marriage is constitutionally protected under the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses, many, including some of the justices, have wondered whether polygamy should also receive constitutional protection.

Are existing laws just the result of prejudice or are there good reasons to distinguish polygamy from same-sex marriage? Modern social science research on the harms of polygamy from a global perspective have the potential to provide an answer to this question and justifications for state prohibitions on polygamy that could survive even strict scrutiny.

Amending the U.S. Constitution: Modernization or Foolhardiness?
Oct. 15, 2015
Professor Mark Kende

This event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines as well as Drake Law School as part of a national study by the League of Women Voters.

A View of Compassion from the Bench
Oct. 8, 2015
Judge Colin Witt

Judge Witt, an associate district court judge, discusses how he views compassionate lawyers in action in his courtroom, and how he uses compassion as a judge both professionally and personally.

Constitution Day Lecture – Policing in the 21st Century
Sept. 17, 2015
Professor Tracey L. Meares

Professor Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale University. She visited Drake University Law School as the Order of the Coif 2015 Distinguished Visitor and presented at Drake’s Constitution Day lecture. Her teaching and research interests focus on criminal procedure and criminal law policy, with a particular emphasis on empirical investigation of these subjects.

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