Law school expands public access to faculty expertise with video podcast series, speakers’ bureau

Law student Julia Aromatorio interviewing Professor Jessie Hill for "Faculty View at CWRU."
Law student Julia Aromatorio interviewing Professor Jessie Hill for “Faculty View at CWRU.”

In an initiative to make its faculty expertise available to a wider audience, Case Western Reserve University School of Law has introduced a new video podcast series and speakers’ bureau.

The video podcast series, “Faculty View from CWRU,” features brief expert commentaries on cutting-edge legal developments. The 10-minute videos, posted every few weeks on YouTube, so far have examined “The New Phase in the War on Isis” (Co-Dean Michael Scharf), “The Future of Abortion Rights: Whole Women’s Health v. Cole” (Associate Dean Jessie Hill) and “The Paris Climate Change Conference” (Professor Juscelino Colares).

The next video podcast will feature criminal justice instructor Michael Benza discussing the Tamir Rice investigation, a widely reported Cleveland case in which a police officer shot and killed a boy carrying a toy gun.

Faculty participating in the law school’s Faculty Speakers’ Bureau provide free lunchtime talks at law firms on more than 30 contemporary legal issues, such as “Making Sense of the U.S. Supreme Court,” “Integrity Compliance Requirements” and “Regulation of Copying and Creativity.”

Nearly a dozen law firms have hosted Case Western Reserve law faculty in recent months. The firms select topics and faculty speakers from an extensive and expanding menu of options. The speakers’ bureau is available to firms in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Additionally, CWRU law faculty members participate in the well-established “Case Downtown” program at the Cleveland City Club, which features monthly breakfast Continuing Legal Education presentations free to attendees.

“Faculty View from CWRU, the Faculty Speakers’ Bureau and Case Downtown reflect the law school’s desire to make its faculty expertise available to the Cleveland community and beyond,” said law school Co-Deans Jessica Berg and Scharf. “Throughout the year, we host numerous conferences and lectures in University Circle, but these programs make it even more convenient for lawyers and others to benefit from our faculty research.”