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.


Meet the Team

Tom Blakely

A second-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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Joanna Plaisir

Joanna Plaisir is a second-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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Sam Beyar
Marketing & Research

Sam Beyar is a first-year law student from Monroe, New York. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Law from Binghamton University in 2019, and received her masters in Public Administration from Binghamton in 2020. Sam was a track and field athlete through college and now spends her free time running and catching up with the New York Mets. 

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Jim Fiore

Jim is a first-year law student from Essex Fells, NJ.  He graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a degree in Economics.  Jim is interested in the intersection of business and law, and wants to work in antitrust law upon graduation. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and of course listening to podcasts. 

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Ali Shafi
Researcher & Interviewer

Ali Shafi is a first-year law student at Boston College from Chattanooga, TN. He graduated in December 2020 with bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish Studies from American University. In his free time he likes to play video games and hike. 

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Eddie Ward
Sound Engineer

Eddie Ward is a 1L from Long Island, NY.  He graduated from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University in 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Planning, and Law.  Eddie is passionate about issues of environmental and climate law and loves hiking, board games, and public transportation.

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