Just Law Podcast

BC Law School students explore the most important legal issues facing tomorrow’s lawyers, and sprinkle in a little (legal) humor. Bonus tips for surviving law school for those so inclined.

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About the Podcast

Just Law, conceived and executed by Boston College Law School students, approaches the law through a student-focused lens. With interviews, student spotlights, insights into the law school experience, humor, and conversation, Just Law looks beyond the facts, rules, and issues, and considers the human side of the law. By focusing on people, Just Law asks the right questions, strives for answers, and searches for the opportunities to impact the community and the world while illuminating the work that is already being done. At Just Law, the law is both personal journey and megaphone, and ultimately a tool for change.

  • Episode One: The team welcomes listeners to Just Law, interviews the BC Law Director of Advocacy Programs and Negotiation Competition winners, and brings you our first Student Spotlight. November 2020.
  • Episode Two: Covid-19 and local government. The Just Law team talks to Newton City Councilwoman Emily Norton about the changes the pandemic has forced on the process of governing, and how the city has adapted to the “new normal.” January 2021
  • Episode Three: Is the U.S. Supreme Court broken? If so, how can we fix it? An interview with renowned Constitutional Law scholar and BC Law Professor Kent Greenfield. January 2021
  • Episode Four: “GameStonk,” Reddit, and The Bottom Line with Professor Brian Quinn. February 2021
  • Episode Five: “Nat Carney” 3L Student Spotlight. February 2021
  • Episode Six: “Danisa Schiff” 1L Student Spotlight. March 2021
  • Episode Seven-A: Mental Health March kick-off with Professor Filippa Anzalone. March 2021
  • Episode Seven-B: DEI at BC Law, with Dean Rougeau and new DEI Director Lisa Brathwaite. March 2021
  • Episode Eight: Mental Health March with Rebecca Langsam (3L). March 2021
  • Episode Nine: COVID-19: Analyzing the Legal and Policy Implications of the Pandemic. March 2021

Meet the Team

Tom Blakely
1L Co-Host

A first-year law student from Newton, MA, Tom graduated in 2019 from Bentley University with a B.S. in Management. Before coming to law school Tom ran a media company he founded and also worked at NBC Sports Boston. Tom is interested in public policy, and potentially pursuing public office. When he is not hitting the books, you’ll hear him calling into 98.5 The Sports Hub to discuss the state of his beloved New England Patriots.

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Mark Grayson
Executive Producer

Mark Grayson is a third-year law student at Boston College. He graduated with a B.S. in biology and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grayson is excited by the intersection of science, technology, and the law. His free time is spent playing and producing music.

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Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin O’Sullivan is a third-year law student at Boston College from Weymouth, MA.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University in 2016.  He loves good writing, good conversation, and Boston sports, and he sees the law as a power to protect and help people.

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Joanna Plaisir
1L Co-Host

Joanna Plaisir is a first-year law student at Boston College from Pembroke Pines, FL. She graduated in 2018 with a double Bachelor’s in Political Science and Media Communications Studies from Florida State University. In her free time, she likes reading novels and watching comedic TV shows.

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Lea Silverman

Lea Silverman is a third-year law student at Boston College Law School from East Northport, New York. She graduated in 2018 from Elon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication. When she is not studying hard, she enjoys watching Netflix Originals and listening to the Crime Junkie podcast.

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