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.

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.

Epic Games v. Apple and the Future of Big Tech Just Law

In this episode Tom Blakely talks with BC Law Prof. David Olson, who was interviewed recently on the blockbuster case Epic Games v. Apple in the Wall Street Journal–a case that has the potential to shape the direction of Big Tech and antitrust law as we know it. Professor Olson joined Boston College Law School in 2007. He teaches Patent Law, Intellectual Property Law, Antitrust Law, and various seminars. Professor Olson also serves as the Faculty Director for the Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Professor Olson researches and writes primarily in the areas of patents, copyrights, antitrust, and incentives for innovation and competition. He has published scholarly articles on patent law, copyright law, antitrust, music licensing, and first amendment copyright issues. His writing has been cited in Supreme Court and other legal opinions, and he has testified before the U.S. Congress on matters of drug patents, FDA regulation, and antitrust.  Professor Olson is interested in international IP and competition law, as well as comparative law in intellectual property and antitrust. For one semester in 2015, he was Visiting Professor of Law at Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PUC-Rio), where he conducted research and taught a course on intellectual property. The media frequently seeks Professor Olson’s insights and opinions. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and Reuters, among others. He has appeared as a guest panelist on WBUR’s Radio Boston, WAMU's Kojo Namdi Show, and on Public Radio Canada. His op-eds have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, and The Hill. Professor Olson came to Boston College from Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, where he researched in patent law and litigated copyright fair use impact cases. Before entering academia, Professor Olson practiced law as a patent litigator. Professor Olson clerked for Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Professor Olson has been recognized for his teaching excellence and contributions to Boston College Law School. In 2011, he received the Business & Law Society Faculty Award for Achievement in Business & Law. In 2012, he received the Professor Emil Slizewski Award for Faculty Excellence.
  1. Epic Games v. Apple and the Future of Big Tech
  2. President Biden Withdrawing US Troops from Afghanistan
  3. A Necessary Conversation with APALSA
  4. Free For All
  5. COVID-19: Analyzing the Legal and Policy Implications of the Pandemic

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
Co-Host

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
Co-Host

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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