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A PODvocative person is one who confronts the unconventional with courage. Each week, NYC-based millennials Farheen and Sheetal will host a “PODvocateur” to share their unique perspectives. Through this exchange, we hope to foster a sense of togetherness and understanding, acknowledging that each of us has something to learn from seemingly ordinary people, who share their extraordinary points of view. We spotlight Ismaili Muslim voices, those that bravely confront topics that may be traditio ...
 
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Olivia continues to explore the topic of “the legal imagination” with Professor Carmen Gonzalez, world-renowned expert in international environmental law, human rights and the environment, environmental justice, and food security. Professor Gonzalez explains how “international law is the history of colonialism” and demonstrates how a new legal fram…
 
We are so excited to bring you the first guest of our motherhood series. Over the course of eight weeks, we will be spotlighting women whose paths to motherhood deviated from the traditional image. Today, we sit down with Aliya, who is the dictionary definition of resilience. Originally from Dallas, she moved to the Bay and got married at a relativ…
 
On this week's episode of The Podvocate, Olivia & Lenny explore the topic of “the legal imagination” with nationally-renowned Harvard Law professor and author Randall Kennedy. This is the first episode of a three-part series exploring the role of imagination in the law and how it might be used to rethink “objective” legal principles, processes and …
 
In today’s episode, Lenny explores the topic of community reintegration after incarceration to examine the many barriers individuals face when released from the prison system. Lenny is first joined by Tanya Woods, Loyola University Chicago School of Law alumna and Executive Director of the Westside Justice Center, who shares her perspective from wo…
 
It's our first episode of Season 2! Fazila is an ER doctor that served on the front lines during the height of the pandemic in New York City. She tells us how this impacted her mental health, after already having struggled with anxiety and depression throughout her life. She also shares her experience of working abroad in hospitals in Tanzania. Plu…
 
Bill Lowry, Commissioner of the 3rd District of Cook County, speaks with Emmett about breathing life into the law from the perspective of an often misunderstood layer of local government. Together, they take a deep dive into one of America's most storied and mischaracterized political machines.A Loyola Chicago Law alumnus, Commissioner Lowry is als…
 
The American tax system treats whites and Blacks differently, and the disparity is growing. Tax rates, loopholes, history, enforcement ... all of it culminates in depriving Blacks of financial means and public services. Join Matt Doran as he interviews Prof. Francine Lipman of UNLV Law, the nation's foremost expert on how federal, state and local t…
 
In this week’s episode, LUC Professor Paul Kapfer joins Lenny and Leanne as they dive into a discussion on the ongoing conflict surrounding the South China Sea. They discuss the basis for China’s claim to the region, the sea’s global significance, the U.S. response, and the international law covering maritime claims. For additional reading and back…
 
This week on The Podvocate, Emmett and Leanne speak with Cook County Judge Jim Snyder and Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator Deborah Baker to analyze anticipated local changes to legal proceedings due to the COVID-19 online transition. While there are some positive and negative procedural implications of Zoom proceedings, there are also justice conce…
 
This week on The Podvocate, Leanne and Olivia sit down with Professor Matthew Sag to discuss the upcoming Google v. Oracle oral argument and its implications on tech copyright law. The oral argument represents a decade-long court battle between two tech giants over small pieces of software that underpin our daily lives. Professor Sag is a leading e…
 
In this bonus episode, we sit down with Nadia from Indian Matchmaking to reflect on her time on the show and her life since it aired. She dives into how she landed a spot on the reality show, how her family and friends reacted, and whether she was happy with the way that she was portrayed. She also shares what was "real" within the show, and whethe…
 
In part 3 of our interfaith series, Nureen discusses her previously interfaith (now same-faith) and interracial marriage. Her partner, Akil, is Trinidadian and converted to Islam and joined the Ismaili community. Nureen candidly shares what the conversion journey was like for them and the challenges they had to overcome throughout. She dives into t…
 
In part 2 of our interfaith series, Raeesa tells us what life was like growing up in her dual-faith household: her father identifies as a Maharashtran Hindu and her mother identifies as Ismaili. Raeesa and her brother were raised within both faiths, practicing each one and attending its festivals and rituals with regularity. Raeesa shares how this …
 
Armina’s partner, Mike, is Catholic and identifies as white, while Armina identifies as a Pakistani Ismaili Muslim. She details their love story, how their families reacted, and what Mike’s presence and attendance at Ismaili events are like. Armina also discusses the unexpected challenges her marriage poses, as well as what her interfaith wedding c…
 
Content Warning: Sexual assault and adult themes Sahar courageously shares her assault story from when she was 16 years old. She had suppressed these memories for the past 8 years, but tells us how confronting them, sharing her story, and accepting is part of her healing process. We discuss the concept of grooming: the act of manipulation by an old…
 
Zain emigrated to the United States from Pakistan when she was 15. Feeling unaccepted and isolated by her Ismaili peers, she distanced herself from the community, until she eventually wasn't part of it at all. Zain shares with us her immigrant story, her journey to becoming agnostic, and communities and practices that she found felt more like home …
 
Safiyya, 33 and single, candidly shares all aspects of life as an unmarried Ismaili woman in her thirties, including how she feels about being set up, the inevitable truth of losing friends as they start families, her thoughts on her “biological clock” ticking, unapologetically not settling, and so much more. We discuss Safiyya’s drivers throughout…
 
In this incredibly illuminating conversation, Sanan describes with stunning detail the journey of his gender affirmation. He dives into his feelings of gender and identity dysphoria throughout his childhood, reactions of his family, friends, and strangers in Jamatkhana, and the details surrounding his multi-step gender affirmation surgeries. Sanan …
 
This week, we sit down with our friends Mishaal and Zarek to talk about the colorism that is so deeply entrenched in many minority communities, including our own. Mishaal breaks down why exactly colorism is so harmful, and how it feeds into anti-blackness. Zarek shares his personal experiences with Ismailis in other parts of the world, and how they…
 
Inaara courageously shares her journey battling depression and anxiety—from accepting it, to telling her friends and family, to seeking help (and switching therapists three times). She also confronts common stigmas surrounding mental illness and her plans to bring trauma-infused care into the Ismaili community. Plus, she reveals the phrase that she…
 
The two founders of Cake Meets Sherbet, a first-of-its-kind Ismaili matchmaking service targeted toward millennials, talk to us about why Ismailis have a hard time keeping things casual, trends they've gleaned from their service surrounding what Ismailis value in a partner, why Ismaili men struggle sliding into DMs, their decision to remain anonymo…
 
For the final regular episode of our second season, the Podvocate team has a roundtable discussion about how our varied individual educational experiences have given us different preparation for law school, the increasing cost of an undergraduate education and seeming lack of increase in value, and expectations and advice we have for future generat…
 
This week, Jake sits down with Hillel C. Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, an organization dedicated to holding the United Nations accountable to its own charter and fighting human rights abuses throughout the world. Jake and Hillel talk about the role of a non-governmental organization within the UN, the problems within the UN that UN Wat…
 
This week, Jake is sitting down with Jamie Miller to discuss the current state of the student loan debt crisis, how a recent court decision has opened the door to changes in how bankruptcy courts handle student loan debt and what form those changes might take.Attorney James L. Miller is the owner of Miller & Miller, a consumer bankruptcy law firm b…
 
Haley sits down with Lisa Tamburini to talk about what the job experience of a chief compliance officer looks like, how her previous experience as a paralegal shaped her decision to go into law school, and advice for listeners interested in pursuing the field of compliance.Lisa Tamburini is the Chief Compliance Officer at DiMeo Schneider & Associat…
 
We're back! Matt sat down with virologist Liam King to discuss the Covid-19 outbreak, how it compares with his experiences studying the ebola outbreaks in West Africa as well as other outbreaks, the U.S. and international response and where he finds hope in these challenging times.Dr. Liam King studied the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic …
 
Today, Haley is sitting down with Carrie Classick Johnson, Corporate Legal Counsel at McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago. Carrie began her legal career working in Big Law and made the move to McDonald’s Corporation two years later. Carrie discusses what it’s like to be an in-house lawyer at a large, well-known corporation like McDonald’s, the differ…
 
Matt and Haley sit down with a panel of experts to discuss public shaming in the Internet era, and whether foolish mistakes and missteps should live on forever as "scarlet letters". Our guests today are Leigh Bonsall, a litigator who focused on commercial, professional liability and labor and employment at Hinshaw & Culbertson; Professor Atanu Das,…
 
In the second half of this two-part episode, Haley and Matt sit down again with the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall to discuss her career prior and after her appointment to the bench. Specifically, Judge Kendall discusses when and why human trafficking happens, the different forms of human trafficking, and how she has been able to help trafficking vi…
 
In this two-part episode, Haley and Matt sit down with the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall to discuss her career prior and after her appointment to the bench. Specifically, Judge Kendall discusses when and why human trafficking happens, the different forms of human trafficking, and how she has been able to help trafficking victims throughout the worl…
 
Matt and Jake sit down with Father Jerry once again, this time to discuss the role of a Jesuit institution in operating a school for the highly secular field of law, the expectations students and faculty have of the institutional identity, and how a chaplain supports the Loyola student body.By The Podvocate by Loyola University Chicago School of Law
 
Jake sits down with Father Jerry Overbeck, the official chaplain of LUC School of Law, to discuss the journeys relationships go through for law students. He discusses his program, “Staying Best Friends”, and the overall importance of maintaining strong relationships during law school. Jim gets some insights from members of the Loyola community on t…
 
Jake sits down by phone with Danny Smith, a Loyola University Chicago School of Law alumnus and counsel for New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Danny discusses the journey that led him to working for Senator Booker on the Senate Judiciary Committee, providing fascinating insight into one of the many options available to law school grads pursuing career…
 
Radhika sits down with Nora Phillips to talk about about her work as the co-founder of the non-profit organization Al Otro Lado, which provides legal and mental health services to immigrants, refugees, and deportees, in Los Angeles and Tijuana. Nora and two other humanitarians were placed on a secret government watch list to gather information and …
 
Jake and Jim sit down with Fernanda Herrera Vera to talk about her experience in a family of mixed immigration status, the state of immigration at the southern border, and what allies and the LUC administration can do to better support students with this distinct experience.By The Podvocate by Loyola University Chicago School of Law
 
Radhika and Matt sit down with the Honorable Sarah L. Ellis, of the Northern District of Illinois, to discuss professionalism and reputation. Judge Ellis talks about her path to the federal bench, what professionalism means to her, some surprising things she has experienced in the court room, and important Dos and Don’ts in the court room. Judge El…
 
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