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Nunavut Law Program Research Guide: Summer Legal Reads

Ben's Recommendations - print books in the NLP classroom

Law Podcasts

More Perfect

United States Supreme Court "decisions shape everything from marriage and money to public safety and sex. We know these are very important decisions we should all pay attention to – but they often feel untouchable and even unknowable. Radiolab's first ever spin-off series, More Perfect, connects you to the decisions made inside the court's hallowed halls, and explains what those rulings mean for "we the people" who exist far from the bench. More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court's biggest rulings."

Serena's top picks: 

  • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (June 17, 2016) - "a legal battle that entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families"
  • Sex Appeal (November 23, 2017) - "A then-lawyer at the ACLU named Ruth Bader Ginsburg set out to convince an all-male Supreme Court to take sex discrimination seriously with an unconventional strategy"
  • Justice, Interrupted (December 19, 2017) - "The rules of oral argument at the Supreme Court are strict: when a justice speaks, the advocate has to shut up. But a law student noticed that the rules were getting broken again and again — by men"
  • Object Anyway (July 16, 2016) - about the "Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to prevent race-based jury selection, but may have only made the problem worse"

Sui Generis: the Law Made Interesting - "Radio show about the law in Canada that aims to make the law more interesting, relevant and accessible". Check out episode 9: What is a Territory?

Ideablawg - each episode discusses one section of the Criminal Code of Canada.  

The Docket - Canadian Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt "discusses the intersection of the courts, the law and policy. What our government does affects you."

McGill Law Journal Podcasts - "Under volume 57, the McGill Law Journal became the first Canadian legal journal to launch a significant podcast series. The goal was to increase the Journal’s online presence by providing a forum in which to discuss important legal questions, while connecting with our audience in a deeper way."  Check out episode: Legal Personality of the Environment, 

Copyright Law: Monkey in the Middle (This American Life) - "Nature photographer David Slater went to Indonesia. While he was there, he got some stunning photos of monkeys. What he couldn’t imagine was that he’d end up being sued, for copyright infringement, by one of the monkeys." 

CBC, The Sunday Edition - Interview with outgoing Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin 

I Am The Law - A US show that profiles legal professionals in a variety of jobs and practice areas.

Criminal - US podcast series. Covers "stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle."  

Ben's Recommendations Part 2 - print book and e-Book available