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Wisconsin Law in Action: A University of Wisconsin Law School Podcast

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EPISODE 20: BONNIE SHUCHA AND REPRESENTING LAW FACULTY SCHOLARLY IMPACT

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Bonnie Shucha (SSRN, Law Repository , @shucha) Associate Dean for Library & Information Services and the Director of the Law Library at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Dean Shucha discusses her background in librarianship and her journey to becoming associate dean and law library director at UW Law School.

Dean Shucha describes her recent paper, “Representing Law Faculty Scholarly Impact: Strategies for Improving Citation Metrics Accuracy and Promoting Scholarly Visibility,” which she presented at the Spring 2021 Citation and the Law Yale Symposium.

The paper focuses on the scholarly visibility of legal academia publishing and the role that law libraries play in enhancing visibility, impact, and discoverability, especially since the US News & World Report began using a scholarly impact ranking as part of their law school ranking process. The paper examines this new scholarly impact ranking and how it pulls data from HeinOnline, how that data can be skewed as it does not include multidisciplinary or book projects, and gives practical advice on how legal scholars and law librarians can help improve their scholarly visibility.

The interview was conducted on May 4, 2021. | 32:29 minutes; published May 19, 2021. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 19: ANNE SMITH AND THE LAW & ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLINIC

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Anne Smith, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Professor Smith discusses her background in law and how it led her to the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at UW Law as well as the history of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic.

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic at UW Law School focuses on transactional and business law (not litigation) and has no one “typical” type of client. Prof. Smith talks about how clients “graduate” from the program once they become more successful (just like the students in the clinic graduate and become successful lawyers). She describes how the UW Law students who are part of this clinic work and interact.

She also talks about how the services and solutions created by the clinic have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic- both how their clients’ products or services have pivoted as well as how the clinic has adapted to virtual work.

Finally, she discusses the new projects the clinic is working on, such as the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative- bringing the idea of “law in action” to areas of Wisconsin outside of Madison and Milwaukee, as well as a few new projects that are still in the works (for example, keep an eye on their Youtube channel for new videos coming soon).

The interview was conducted on February 24, 2021. | 28:08 minutes; published March 10, 2021. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 18: STEPH TAI, FOOD LAW, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Steph Tai, Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Tai (@YoStephTai; SSRN; Law Repository) is an expert in food law and talks about two recently published articles: “In Fairness to Future Generations of Eaters” and “Legalizing the Meaning of Meat”. Both articles discuss food law and how the law preserves and defines food as we know it, as well as the intersection of climate change and food law. Climate change is inextricably linked with food law as it affects food production and availability. Professor Tai also touches on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected food law.

The interview was conducted on January 28, 2021. | 22:50 minutes; published February 10, 2021. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 17: DEAN DANIEL TOKAJI AND ELECTION LAW

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Dean Daniel P. Tokaji, the Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Dean Tokaji (SSRN; Law Repository) is an expert in voting law and he discusses two recent pieces he authored on the topic. “Truth, Democracy, and the Limits of Law” was published in the Saint Louis University Law Journal in 2020 and deals with the importance of truth in democracy.

“#2DaysOut: Ten Things to Watch for on (and after) Election Day” is a symposium contribution for the Election Law Blog and was published two days before Election Day in 2020.

Dean Tokaji also mentions a new piece he is working on which relies on the scholarship of UW Law Professor Emeritus Neil K. Komesar. The working paper may be found on SSRN here.

The interview was conducted on January 14, 2021. | 42:04 minutes; published January 19, 2021. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 16: STEWART MACAULAY’S ENDURING INFLUENCE ON THE STUDY OF CONTRACTS

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Stewart Macaulay, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Prof. Macaulay (SSRN; Law Repository) is internationally recognized as the leader of the law-in-action approach to the study of contracts. In this interview, he discusses a new book on his work, “Stewart Macaulay: Selected Works,” published in October by Springer. He tells stories from his lengthy time at Wisconsin and also talks about several lesser-known articles he has published.

For more on Prof. Macaulay and his work, see the book The Canon of American Legal Thought, ed. by David Kennedy and William W. Fisher III; Revisiting the Contracts Scholarship of Stewart Macaulay: On the Empirical and the Lyrical (collection of conference materials from conference on Macaulay’s work); and Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices (includes interview with Prof. Macaulay).

The interview was conducted on December 1, 2020. | 1:03:08 minutes; published December 16, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 15: ALTA CHARO AND COVID-19 TREATMENTS AND VACCINES

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with R. Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin.

Prof. Charo (SSRN; UW Law Repository) is a leading expert in bioethics and discusses the development of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines and the procedures and legal issues that surround each. She talks about how vaccine distribution can be expected, how a vaccine gets approved, and how federal, state, and local law and agencies come into play. (For additional information, please see the NIH’s website on COVID-19.)

This interview was conducted on December 1, 2020. | 54:53 minutes; published December 3, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 14: CECELIA M. KLINGELE AND LABELING VIOLENCE

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Cecelia M. Klingele, University of Wisconsin Law School Associate Professor.

Prof. Klingele (SSRN; @CeceliaKlingele) discusses two recently-published articles: Labeling Violence and Making Sense of Risk. Both articles deal with ideas about risk assessment tools and criminal justice reform.

This interview was conducted on October 23, 2020. | 32:04 minutes; published November 5, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 13: STEVEN WRIGHT AND THE COYOTES OF CARTHAGE

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Steven Wright, University of Wisconsin Clinical Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Prof. Wright also lectures in the creative writing department.

Prof. Wright (Twitter: @stevenhwright) discusses his new debut novel, The Coyotes of Carthage. He talks about his background in both law and creative writing and how he came to the University of Wisconsin- Madison for an M.F.A. after receiving his J.D. and clerking for a federal judge.

Prof. Wright also talks about the process of writing his novel and calls himself a “literary Forrest Gump”- meaning that he’s been in the right place at the right time. He based his novel on his experience working with voting rights law.

The interview was conducted on July 10, 2020. | 40:35 minutes; published July 30, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 12: WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF LAW, GENDER, AND SOCIETY EIC

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Helenka Budzynska Mietka, the incoming Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society editor-in-chief. Helenka begins by discussing her academic background and interests and then moves into the history of WJLGS.

WJLGS was founded in 1985 by students who recognized a gap in legal scholarship and wanted to focus on Wisconsin’s Law-in-Action ideas. The journal is published biannually and you can visit the WJLGS website here.

The interview was conducted on June 1, 2020. | 22:06 minutes; published June 30, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 11: WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL EIC

A remotely-recorded podcast interview with Emily Capodarco, the outgoing Wisconsin International Law Journal editor-in-chief. Emily discusses her scholarly background and research interests and the history of WILJ (est. 1982).

Emily also talks about how WILJ publishes articles with both scholarly and practical interests related to a wide variety of international law topics, and notes that WILJ published 3 student-written articles this year.

You can contact the journal at eic.wilj@gmail.com and view the Law School’s repository collection of WILJ articles here. The journal has also recently added an online companion publication, Jus Gentium. You can find Jus Gentium and information about submitting your work for consideration here.

The interview was conducted on May 29, 2020. | 22:40 minutes; published June 24, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 10: WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW EICS

A special, remotely-recorded podcast episode featuring the outgoing and incoming editors-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review, the University of Wisconsin’s flagship journal. Olivia Radics (outgoing) and Anya Gersoff (incoming) discuss the Law Review and its recent publications, upcoming plans, and symposia. Of particular note is the fact that the Wisconsin Law Review published 5 notes/comments by Wisconsin Law students this year, including the Burton Award-winning article by Brian P. Cawley, “Damning the Mekong: Project Finance’s Inability to Cure the Steep Costs of Hydropower Development in the Mekong River Basin.” (PDF)

The Wisconsin Law Review (@WisLRev) will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The interview was conducted on May 13, 2020. | 22:43 minutes; published May 26, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 9: RICHARD MONETTE

Richard Monette, University of Wisconsin Law School Professor and Director of the Great Lakes Indian Law Center discusses a series of initiatives he is involved with and several working papers he is working on.

Prof. Monette (SSRN)’s initiatives include a recent $1 million dollar grant to the Menominee Nation. The series of working papers he is working on are on topics including property law and privatization on tribal land and native sovereignty.

The interview was conducted on March 3, 2020. | 1:04:30 minutes; published April 3, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 8: TONYA BRITO

Tonya L. Brito, Jefferson Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, discussed her recently published article, “The Child Support Debt Bubble.” Professor Brito (SSRN)‘s article uses qualitative data to examine the problem of exorbitant child support debt owed by noncustodial fathers in no- and low-income and predominantly Black families.

The interview was conducted on February 14, 2020. | 25:44 minutes; published March 6, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 7: YARON NILI

Yaron Nili, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, discussed his recently published article, “Board Diversity by Term Limits?”, coauthored with Darren Rosenblum. Professor Nili (SSRN; Twitter: @YNili)’s article is the first article to academically explore the connection between corporate board term limits and the sex diversification of the corporate board.

The interview was conducted on January 16, 2020. | 18:42 minutes; published January 31, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 6: KEITH A. FINDLEY

Keith A. Findley (SSRN; Twitter: @KeithAFindley), Associate Professor of Law, discussed three recent scholarly works. “The Science and Law Underlying Post-Conviction Challenges to Shaken Baby Syndrome Convictions: A Response to Professor Imwinkelried” and “Reducing Error in the Criminal Justice System” were both published in the 2018 volume of the Seton Hall Law Review. Prof. Findley also contributed to the Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Ad Hoc Committee Final Report in October 2019.

The interview was conducted on December 5, 2019. | 34:38 minutes; published Jan. 15, 2020. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 5: DAVID S. SCHWARTZ

David S. Schwartz (SSRN), Foley & Lardner Bascom Professor of Law, discussed his new book, “The Spirit of the Constitution: John Marshall and the 200-Year Odyssey of McCulloch v. Maryland”, where he chronicles 200 years in the life of one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases in history.

The interview was conducted on November 26, 2019. | 14:47 minutes; published Dec. 9, 2019. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 4- MEG GAINES

Meg Gaines (SSRN; Twitter: @MegGaines1), Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Patient Partnerships recently discussed two articles- a forthcoming article on prior authorization reversals and “How HIPAA Harms Care, and How to Stop It,” both coauthored with Donald Berwick, M.D. Link to Meg’s TEDMED Talk on related topics.

The interview was conducted on October 23, 2019. | 26:46 minutes; published Nov. 25, 2019. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 3- MICHELE LAVIGNE

Michele LaVigne, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Public Defender Project recently discussed her article “Under the Hood: Brendan Dassey, Language Impairments, and Judicial Ignorance” (coauthored with Sally Miles). This article discusses the case of Brendan Dassey, one of the two subjects of the Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer,” and whether his developmental delays contributed to his confession to the murder.

The interview was conducted on October 7, 2019. | 26:32 minutes; published Nov. 1, 2019. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 2- BJ ARD

BJ Ard, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, sat down with UW Law Librarians this month to discuss his working paper on “Market Refusal in Copyright.” The final title of the article is “Taking Access Seriously” and it was published in the Texas A&M Law Review in 2021. Professor Ard (SSRN; Twitter: @bj_ard) is inspired by how the law responds to technology-based challenges and a 2014 Supreme Court decision sparked the idea for this paper.

The interview was conducted on September 12, 2019. | 15:12 minutes; published September 23, 2019. Transcript file (PDF).

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EPISODE 1- YARON NILI

Yaron Nili, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, discusses his recently published article, Successor CEOs. Professor Nili (SSRN; Twitter: @YNili) explains what led him to research this topic and the larger impact the paper will have on Corporate Governance research.

The interview was conducted on June 28, 2019. | 12:20 minutes; published September 18, 2019. Transcript file (PDF).

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