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SLU LAW Summations

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 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.

Episode 27: Racial and Gender Equity in Today’s Climate

Ruqaiijah YearbyWith the work of organizations like Forward through Ferguson, racial equity has come to the forefront of conversations on race in St. Louis. Much research is being done on how change can happen in the areas of racial and gender equity in health care, the workplace and our government. In this episode we are joined by one of our new faculty members, Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby. Ruqaiijah specializes in racial disparities in health care, the political economy of health care and social justice in medical research. She is also working at the University level to start a Center for Equity and an Institute for Healing Justice and Equity.

Episode 26: The Supreme Court Nomination Process - Lessons Learned

Greg Willlard - PodcastThe confirmation process for Justice Brett Kavanaugh captivated the country. The stakes were high and the drama even more so. And now our process is forever changed. But what got us here? And how will it look in the future? In this episode we are joined by adjunct professor Greg Willard. Greg served as White House Staff Assistant and personal aide to President Gerald R. Ford. He teaches a seminar on the American presidency and presidential power. 

Episode 25: Navigating the Breakthroughs in Healthcare Innovation

Ana Santos RutschmanNew technologies in healthcare are developed at a rapid pace with legal standards and the FDA often left playing catch up. From artificial intelligence to blockchain technology and nanorobots, regulating the industry can be an ever-changing challenge. In this episode, we are joined by one of the newest members of the SLU LAW faculty, Professor Ana Santos Rutschman. Ana is an expert in bio technology. She teaches and writes in the areas of health law, intellectual property, innovations in life sciences and law and technology.