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Real Cases

Real issues. Real lawyers. Real(ly) good listening.

Follow real law students as they journey to become practitioners. Learn from real faculty as they examine the ins and outs of the field’s most provocative cases. Catch up and stay tuned into Stetson Law’s podcast – your trusty legal resource for great debate and greater ideas.

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 25: History, the Law, and Constitutional Consciousness - James W. Fox

Constitutional History

Episode 25: History, the Law, and Constitutional Consciousness

How did free African Americans before the Civil War regard the Constitution, freedom, and citizenship in a republic that excluded them from political participation? In the latest episode of Real Cases, we sit down with Stetson Professor James Fox to discuss the fuzzy boundaries between history and legal scholarship, different varieties of originalism on today’s Supreme Court, and how greater racial diversity in the academy advances new ways of understanding the past.

Length: 55 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 24: Stetson in the Tampa Bay Community - Ciara Willis, Matthew Ceriale, Danielle Weaver-Rogers

Tampa Bay

Episode 24: Stetson in the Tampa Bay Community

What’s life like for young legal professionals in Tampa Bay? On this month’s episode of Real Cases, we talk to three Stetson Law alums with prominent positions at law firms in the greater Tampa Bay community: Ciara Willis J.D. 16, a Partner at Bush Ross, P.A. who practices community association law, Matthew Ceriale J.D. ‘19, an Associate Attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, L.L.P. who practices civil litigation, and Danielle Weaver-Rogers J.D. ‘13, Senior Corporate Counsel for Labor and Employment at Qualfon Data Service Group, L.L.C., who works in employment law. They talk about life in Tampa Bay, how they got into their current line of work, and how their experiences at Stetson led to the jobs they have today.

Length: 48 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 23: AI and Intellectual Property Law - Daryl C. Wilson

Intellectual Property

Episode 23: AI and Intellectual Property Law

By scrubbing the internet for information that it recombines into new texts and images, generative AI has launched a host of new questions about intellectual property law and liability. For instance, who’s responsible if an AI infringes upon your intellectual property? The company that made it? The company that used it? The AI itself?

We discuss these questions and more in the latest episode of Real Cases with Professor Darryl C. Wilson, Stetson Law’s Associate Dean for Strategy & Operations.

Length: 65 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 22: Space Law and Cyber Law - Roy Balleste

Space Law and Cyber Law

Episode 22: Space Law and Cyber Law

What nation has jurisdiction if an astronaut commits a crime in space? Who owns the right to mine asteroids? How do countries co-manage the physical infrastructure of the internet – on earth and in orbit? On this month’s episode of Real Cases, Stetson Law Professor Roy Balleste discusses the complex web of maritime precedents and international agreements that govern space exploration. He explains why the final frontier holds a host of new ethical, technological, and legal questions that law scholars have only just begun to contemplate.

Length: 58 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 21: AI, Law, and Legal Education - Catherine Cameron and Kelly Feeley

Artificial Intelligence

Episode 21: AI, Law, and Legal Education

Are AI tools like ChatGPT reshaping the landscape of law and legal education? Or are they just another form of information technology that lawyers and students can harness with a properly critical approach? In this episode, Stetson professors Catherine Cameron and Kelly Feeley discuss the limits of AI tools and online databases, the persistent importance of legal interpretation and analysis, and the unexpected ways new technologies can replicate structural biases.

BONUS: CLICK here to read the latest blog post on the topic. 

Length: 53 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 20: Social Justice Advocacy - Judith Scully and Kristen Adams

Social Justice

Episode 20: Social Justice Advocacy

In this episode, Professors Judith Scully and Kristen Adams join us to discuss Stetson Law’s Social Justice Advocacy concentration. They discuss how law students can build their portfolios, how students can learn to advocate for themselves, and how lawyers around the country work for what they believe in without sacrificing their own well-being.

BONUS: Click here to read the latest blog post on the topic. 

Length: 60 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 19: LGBTQIA+ Law Students and the Lambda Legal Society at Stetson - Joseph MorrisseyNathan Bruemmer

LGBTQ Law

Episode 19: LGBTQIA+ Law Students and the Lambda Legal Society at Stetson

In this episode, we’re joined by Professor Joseph Morrissey and Stetson alum Nathan Bruemmer to discuss the role of advocacy and organizing in law school and beyond, the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s Lavender Law Career Fair, and what schools like Stetson are doing to make queer students and their allies feel welcome in the legal profession.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 75 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 18: Studying Away from Home: Out-of-State Students at Stetson - Lamine Gueye & Sara Fultz

Out of State Students

Episode 18: Studying Away from Home: Out-of-State Students at Stetson

In this episode, we’re joined by Lamine Gueye and Sara Fultz, two rising 3L students at Stetson who originally hail from New York and Virginia. They share their thoughts about the Tampa Bay area, what drew them to Stetson, and what it’s like going to law school after spending some years working after college.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

 

Length: 44 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 17 - Disability, Law, and Legal Education at Stetson - Kathryn Pelham

Disabilities

Episode 17: Disability, Law, and Legal Education at Stetson

Over one out of four adults in the U.S. has some type of disability. In this episode we’re joined by Kathryn Pelham, Stetson Law’s Associate Director of Accessibility Resources & ADA Coordinator, to discuss how Stetson and other law schools are accommodating a growing number of students with conditions that impact their access to education. She discusses her philosophy behind equitable accommodations in law school curricula, the challenges of reaching for universal accessibility, and the importance of advocating for yourself.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 51 minutes

Real Cases Episode 16 Affirmative Action - Peter Lake

Affirmative Action

Episode 16: Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court’s new ruling in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard reverses an over 40-year-old precedent for how university admissions committees can cultivate racial diversity in their incoming classes. In this episode we’re joined by Professor Peter Lake, an internationally recognized expert on higher education law and policy. He discusses the history of race-conscious college admissions, the consequences of judicial mistrust for higher ed administration, and why he thinks the court’s latest ruling is “litigation bait” for many more lawsuits to come.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 1 hour 11 minutes

Real Cases - A legal podcast. Episode 15: Life After Law School - Stetson Law Professor Louis Virelli III

Graduation and Career Development

Episode 15: Life After Law School

In this episode, Stetson Law Professor Louis Virelli III, a leading expert on the constitutional questions underlying Supreme Court recusal, discusses the importance of legal career development — as a student and after. After making a hard pivot from engineering to the law, Virelli knew he wanted to teach and followed a career path to take him there.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 1 hour 8 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast. Episode 14 - Pursuing Your Passions Through Independent Study - Christine Cerniglia & Denia Angelino

Legal Ethics and Independent Study

Episode 14: Pursuing Your Passions Through Independent Study

In this episode, Stetson Law Professor Christine Cerniglia and recent grad Denia Angelino discuss judicial externships, the legal profession’s standards for ethical behavior outside the courtroom, and how the passions Denia pursued in her independent study led her to her current career working in employment discrimination law.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 50 minutes

Real Cases - a legal podcast - Episode 13 - Poetry, Art, and the Law

Arts and the Humanities

Episode 13: Poetry, Art, and the Law

In this episode, Stetson Law Professor Kristen Adams and her students Jase Maden and Taylor Simonds discuss the intersections between literature, performance, and legal scholarship they explored in Adams’ course, “The Law as Reflected through Poetry.”

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 49 minutes

Legal Education

Episode 12: The Good, the Weird, and the Precedent-Setting: Popular 1L Cases

In this episode, Stetson professors Catherine Cameron and Ashley Krenelka Chase discuss cases every 1L student should know, what to do when your clients over-share, and how to separate the essential facts from the merely weird ones when the law and the real world collide.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 51 minutes

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Mental Health & Wellness

Episode 11: Mental Health and the Student Wellness Society

In this episode, Stetson Student Wellness Society members Katie Johnson, Kayla Albritton, and Christopher Manon talk about finding the right work/life balance, how to avoid burnout, and the crucial difference between being “The Best” and being the best version of yourself.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 44 minutes

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Diversity on Campus

Episode 10: You Belong Here

In this episode, Stetson Law students Francesca Little and Logan Jackson – plus recent Stetson grad Edson Abadia, Jr. – open their case files on their diverse leadership roles. Plus: how Stetson has created an inclusive space for Latinx, Black, and queer students.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 45 minutes

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Law School Admissions

Episode 9: Getting Into Law School with Karla Davis-Jamison and Darren Kettles

In this episode, Darren Kettles (Director for Admissions) and Karla Davis-Jamison (Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management) of Stetson University College of Law open their case files on breaking down enrollment barriers, building a school community, and reaching a diverse applicant pool. Plus: dispelling some myths about college applications.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 43 minutes

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Veteran Advocacy

Episode 8: The First Line of Defense with Stacey-Rae Simcox

In this episode, Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox of Stetson University College of Law opens her case file on civil war pardons, backlogs at the VA, and what the GI bill promises. Plus: how Stetson Law students are already changing veterans’ lives.

BONUS: Click here to read our latest blog post on the topic.

Length: 41 minutes

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Disaster Law

Episode 7: Practicing to Practice with Christine Cerniglia

A student approaches her law professor and says “I’m interested in Space Law.” With very little case law on the books, the professor begins pulling statutes to create a scenario that puts this student in the pilot’s seat of a legal situation that doesn’t even exist…yet.

In this episode we talk about the limits of attorney-client privilege, practicing law during a global pandemic, and why students should get out of the classroom.

Read More: Clinical & Experiential Learning: A Must-Have for Law Schools

Length: 52 minutes

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Higher Education Law & Policy

Episode 6: Navigating Title IX with Peter Lake

Episode 6 features an interview with Stetson’s own Professor Peter Lake as he opens his case file on students’ evolving identities, shifts in SCOTUS ideology, and controversies faced by the Department of Education.

Read More: Title IX Law Marks its 50th Anniversary

Length: 49 minutes

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Entertainment Law

Episode 5: Entertainment Law with Dean Darryl C. Wilson

Judge Judy has made more than 6,000 judicial decisions in her 25 years on TV. But does she have any legal weight? You might be surprised at the answer. In this episode, we talk about transgender athletes, the complexities of NFT ownership, and being the only Black law student in the room.

Length: 39 minutes

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Legal Education

Episode 4: Law School on the Beach with Vicky & Khalil Madani

In this episode, Vicky and Khalil Madani (class of ‘14) open their case files on mock trial competitions, prison phone recordings, and on-campus gardening. Plus: what happens when a Stetson graduate walks into a courtroom.

Length: 61 minutes

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Elder Law

Episode 3: Protecting Autonomy with Prof. Roberta K. Flowers

In this episode, Professor Roberta K. Flowers, elder law expert at Stetson University College of Law, opens her case file on scams targeting elders, the importance of legal autonomy, and a new kind of accessible courtroom. Plus: Does the age of consent have an expiration date?

Length: 56 minutes

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Trial Advocacy

Episode 2: Bearing Witness with Prof. Elizabeth Boals

In this episode, Professor Elizabeth Boals, advocacy law expert at Stetson University College of Law, opens her case file on email evidence, expert witness testimony, and what really goes on in the courtroom. Plus: what do you do when your client is guilty?

Length: 43 minutes

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Environmental Law

Episode 1: Preserving Life with Paul Boudreaux

In our premiere episode, Professor Paul Boudreaux, environmental law expert at Stetson University College of Law, opens his case file on endangered species protection, natural resource preservation, and the effects of industrial development on tiny fish, rare flies, and struggling families. Plus: why Florida is the ideal place to practice environmental law and how diversity impacts the field.

Length: 41 minutes