Litigation Briefs: Media Shorts on Law and Courts

This interview-based series is focused on engaging the public with issues of civil litigation and the judiciary.

Episodes of Litigation Briefs are available for free on YouTube and as an audio podcast. Watch past episodes below.

EPISODE 1: “What Does Litigation Do?

Special guest Alexandra Lahav, the Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law and author of the book In Praise of Litigation. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 2: “Are Frivolous Lawsuits a Problem?

Special guest Robert Bone, the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair at the University of Texas School of Law and author of the book The Economics of Civil Procedure. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 3: “Should Conservatives Support Class Actions?

Special guest Brian Fitzpatrick, the Milton R. Underwood Chair of Free Enterprise at Vanderbilt Law School and author of the book The Conservative Case for Class Actions. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 4: “What Do Trial Judges Do?

Special guests Judge Edward Davila, Northern District of California, and Judge Susan Greenberg, San Mateo Superior Court. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 5: “What Is the Supreme Court’s Shadow Docket?

Special guest Steve Vladeck, the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 6: “How Can Congress Fix the Supreme Court?

Special guest Dan Epps, Professor of Law at Washington University Law School and the coauthor of a recent paper titled “How to Save the Supreme Court.” Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 7: “Are Court Rules Important?

Special guest Ben Spencer, Dean and Chancellor Professor of William & Mary Law School and a member of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 8: “What is Civil Discovery?

Special guest Diego Zambrano, Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the author of the article “Discovery as Regulation.” Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 9: “How does Litigation Resolve Mass Torts?

Special guest Myriam Gilles, the Paul R. Verkuil Research Chair and Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 10: “Are Court Rulemakers TooWhiteMale?

Special guest Brooke Coleman, Co-Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 11: “What Are Amicus Briefs?

Special guest Allison Larsen, the Alfred Wilson & Mary I.W. Lee Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 12: “I’ve Never Signed An Arbitration Agreement…Have I?

Special guest Hiro Aragaki, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 13: “What’s Litigation Like In Other Countries?

Special guest Margaret Woo, Professor of Law at Northeastern University Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 14: “Why Is Personal-Injury Law A Noble Profession?

Special guest Scott Righthand of Law Offices of Scott Righthand, P.C. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 15: “How Confidential Is Litigation?

Special guest Dustin Benham, Professor of Law at Texas Tech Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 16: “How Do Courts Decide What Law To Apply?

Special guest Sergio Campos, Professor of Law at University of Miami Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 17: “Can Foreign Citizens Be Parties In U.S. Courts?

Special guest Maggie Gardner, Associate Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 18: “Why Is Notice Important?

Special guest Robin Effron, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 19: “How Is AI Affecting Civil Litigation?

Special guest David Engstrom, the LSVF Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 20: “What Is Habeas Corpus?”

Special guest Amanda Tyler, the Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 21: “Why Is Corporate Law A Noble Profession?

Special guest Marcie Fitzsimmons, partner at Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 22: “How Do Federal Civil Appeals Work?

Special guest Bryan Lammon, Professor of Law at Toledo Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 23: “What Is Personal Jurisdiction?

Special guest Cassandra Robertson, the John Deaver Drinko – BakerHostetler Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Professional Ethics at Case Western Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 24: “Who Were Famous Female Firsts Of The Judiciary?

Special guest Marin Levy, Professor of Law at Duke Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 25: “What Is The Political-Question Doctrine?

Special guest Tara Grove, the Vinson & Elkins Chair in Law at Texas Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 26: “What Are Nationwide Injunctions?

Special guest Michael Morley, Sheila M. McDevitt Professor of Law at Florida State Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 27: “What Is Standing?

Special guest Andrew Hessick, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Strategy and Planning at North Carolina Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 28: “How Do Judges Use Precedent?

Special guest Michael Gerhardt, a distinguished professor of law at North Carolina Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 29: “How Problematic Is Forum Shopping?

Special guest Pamela Bookman, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 30: “What Is The Separation Of Powers?

Special guest Payvand Ahdout, Associate Professor of Law at Virginia Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 31: “Are Judges Biased?

Special guest Rachel Godsil, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar at Rutgers Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 32: “What Is Hearsay?

Special guest Edward Cheng, Hess Chair in Law at Vanderbilt Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 33: “How Does Mediation Work?

Special guest Shahla Ali, Professor and Associate Dean at University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 34: “Why Do We Have Punitive Damages?

Special guest Catherine Sharkey, Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy at NYU Law School. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 35: “What Are MDLs?”

Special guest Andrew Bradt, Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School and Director of the Civil Justice Research Institute. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 36: “How Can Civil Litigation Advance Civil Rights?”

Special guest Suzette Malveaux, Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, and the Director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. Hosted by Scott Dodson.

EPISODE 37: “How Important Is Finality?”

Hosted by Scott Dodson.

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