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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: Maria Tsikalas, Editor, School of Law Communications
Producer: Jessica Ciccone, Director of Communications
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Episode 36: Student Speech and the Supreme Court

Professor Chad FlandersThe United States Supreme Court recently handed down a victory for student speech with the 8-1 decision in the Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. case. As the world communicates more and more through social media, this case sets some precedent in what can be considered protected under the First Amendment. To dig into the decision and the implications, we are joined by Professor Chad Flanders, a constitutional law professor and scholar of religion and the First Amendment.

Episode 35: Know Before You File: Tax Law in a Pandemic World

Professor Henry OrdowerThe past year has brought many changes for the way we live, work, and manage our finances. As we approach the April tax deadline, there are a lot of variables that could change how and what we file. In this episode we will take a look at the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our tax law and the way we will file this year. We are joined by Professor Henry Ordower. Henry is a long time SLU LAW professor and an expert in tax law, both federal and international.

SLU LAW · Know Before You File: Tax Law in a Pandemic World - Professor Ordower

 Episode 34: The Workplace and the Pandemic

Professor Matt BodieThe coronavirus pandemic has arguably been the most altering event for the workplace in decades. While much of the workforce remains remote, zooming into meetings, many others, either by choice or necessity, work in person. The pandemic has also shown a spotlight on the unsafe workplaces that thousands of Americans work in on a daily basis. As the vaccine shows us a light at the end of the tunnel, what can we expect when we return to work? In this episode we are joined by Professor Matt Bodie, co-director of the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law.  Professor Bodie is an expert in employment and labor law. 

SLU LAW · Work and the Pandemic - Professor Matt Bodie

Episode 33: The COVID-19 Vaccine Race and the Law

Ana Santos RutschmanThe race for a COVID-19 vaccine has captured the world’s attention. Pharmaceutical companies across the globe are competing for a top spot that will pull us out of this pandemic. What does this mean for our immediate future and what will it mean for vaccine development for years to come? In this episode, we are joined by Professor Ana Santos Rutschman. Ana is a member of the Center for Health Law Studies and Center for International and Comparative Law. She is an expert in FDA law and policy and vaccine patents. She has been tapped by national leaders and policymakers across the country for her expertise.

Episode 32: Election Special - Legal Issues Facing Election Day and Beyond

American flag in courtroomIn an election year like no other, we turn to our experts. In this special election episode we hear from Professors Chad Flanders, Anders Walker, Elizabeth Pendo, John Ammann, Greg Willard, Monica Eppinger, Ana Santos Rutschman, and Sidney Watson. Together we discuss issues of possible litigation, poll security, voter access, coronavirus, healthcare and more.

Episode 31: Navigating the Law School Admissions Process

Michael KolnikThe process of applying to law schools can be daunting. Navigating the requirements to ensure you find the best home for your legal education can be a difficult task. In this episode, we are taking a break from legal news to focus on law school admissions. We are joined by SLU LAW Dean of Admissions Mike Kolnik who provides us with insider information and tips on the application process.

Episode 30: Our Irish Allies: The Future of the Emerald Isle in the EU and US

Kevin O'MalleyThe Republic of Ireland has once again found itself at the center of the Brexit debate as recent proposals put the long-standing border dispute front and center. While residents worry about trade and conflicts, the deadline looms. In this episode, we are joined by former US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley. Ambassador O’Malley recently joined the faculty of SLU LAW as a professor of practice and ambassador in residence. He served as the US Ambassador to Ireland from 2014-2017 and worked hard to strengthen the important ties between the US and Ireland. 

Episode 29: A Look into Municipal Court Reform

Brendan RoedigerIt has been five years since the death of Michael Brown exposed a plethora of injustices in the St. Louis region. Five years since the region’s municipal court system came under fire, an issue that was decades in the making. In this episode, we are joined by Professor Brendan Roediger. Brendan and his colleagues in the SLU LAW legal clinics first took steps toward municipal court reforms years before the nation’s eyes were on Ferguson. He is a professor in the SLU LAW Legal Clinics and director of the Litigation Clinic. He has joined us to talk about municipal courts and what progress has been made since August of 2014.

Episode 28: Internationalism and Sovereignty in Today's World

 Monica EppingerOver the past few years we have seen a push and pull across the glove and back here in the US between internationalists and those who believe in a more sovereign approach. The landscape continues to evolve and governments across the world are left grappling to catch up. In this episode we are joined by Professor Monica Eppinger. Monica is co-director of our Center for International and Comparative Law. The Center is co-hosting a symposium on March 29 on Internationalism and Sovereignty with the Saint Louis University Law Journal.