On this week's podcast 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 methods we rely on. This project has been inspired by Derrick's Bell’s book "And We are Not Saved" and Patricia Williams’ book "The Alchemy of Race and Rights."
In this episode, Professor Kennedy speaks to the history that has created these principles, their implications and his own vision on what we might reimagine in the legal system and beyond. Professor Kennedy also speaks about his relationship with Derrick Bell and their disagreement about what can be what is possible given the realities of the world we live in.
If you are interested in knowing more about Professor Kennedy, check out his recent article entitled "Derrick Bell & Me" available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3350497 or one of his many other publications: Race, Crime, and the Law; Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal; For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law; The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency.
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