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The U.S. Presidency: Looking Forward

Beyond Covid is a podcast and video series jointly produced by the Bolch Judicial Institute of Duke Law School and the American Law Institute examining how our legal system and institutions are changing to adapt to a post-pandemic world. The series is hosted by David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute and president of the American Law Institute. Videos of each episode are hosted here; podcast versions of the same programs are hosted on the American Law Institute website.

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The U.S. Presidency: Looking Forward

1.14.21 | Season 2, Episode 1 | 1:14:27


David Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University
Daphna Renan, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Terry Moe, William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Jack L. Goldsmith, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University


  • David F. Levi hosts a discussion examining the history and unique challenges of the U.S. presidency and proposals for reform to address issues raised during the Trump presidency.
  • Panelists discuss the rise of populism, backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement, and distrust in institutions and media as some of the challenges that will outlast the Trump administration.
  • Panelists also consider whether political norms can serve as reliable guardrails against future threats to the democratic process and what reforms may be needed to strengthen those guardrails.
  • The group also discusses the role of the Internet and social media in fomenting increasingly divisive political discourse; the challenges faced by both major political parties in charting their future in a post-Trump era; and whether strong leadership within the states may be a counter to ineffective federal government.