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Ever feel like the law is stacked against you? It probably is. Broken Law speaks truth to power in discussing how our laws and legal system serve the few at the expense of the many. This is where law meets real life. Hosted by the staff of the American Constitution Society, we reckon with the origins of our legal system, interview people on the frontlines of the progressive legal movement, and chat about necessary legal reforms to restore our democratic legitimacy and improve the lives of all people.

Ever feel like the law is stacked against you? It probably is. Broken Law speaks truth to power in discussing how our laws and legal system serve the few at the expense of the many. This is where law meets real life. Hosted by the staff of the American Constitution Society, we reckon with the origins of our legal system, interview people on the frontlines of the progressive legal movement, and chat about necessary legal reforms to restore our democratic legitimacy and improve the lives of all people.

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Ever feel like the law is stacked against you? It probably is. Broken Law speaks truth to power in discussing how our laws and legal system serve the few at the expense of the many. This is where law meets real life. Hosted by the staff of the American Constitution Society, we reckon with the origins of our legal system, interview people on the frontlines of the progressive legal movement, and chat about necessary legal reforms to restore our democratic legitimacy and improve the lives of all people.

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Episodes

Episode 62: Lessons Learned from Elections Abroad

8/9/2022
It can be easy to think that the U.S. democratic system is somehow exceptional, a product and an idea to be exported abroad. But the reality is far more complicated. As U.S. democracy faces a moment of truth, there are lessons to be learned from how elections are conducted and secured in other countries. Lindsay Langholz speaks this week with Ann Ravel, former FEC Commissioner, who has served as an election observer and expert in a number of countries. They delve into how other countries...

Duration:00:41:38

Episode 61: Catching Up on All Things January 6th

8/2/2022
The January 6th Select Committee has now held eight public hearings this summer. Its investigation is ongoing and more hearings are expected this fall. Simultaneously, more information is unfolding about DOJ's investigation into the events of January 6th, and there is separate state investigation underway in Fulton County, Georgia. This week, we discuss the latest and what to expect next on all of these fronts with Kyle Cheney, Congress Reporter at Politico, and Debra Perlin, Policy Director...

Duration:00:57:59

Episode 60: Yet Another Supreme Court Power Grab

7/26/2022
This week, we continue our review of consequential decisions to come from the Supreme Court this term and turn our attention to Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, which will have major implications for tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction going forward. To discuss the decision, Lindsay Langholz is joined by Professor Maggie Blackhawk who explains how, as she described it, the Court acted “against hundreds of years of congressional action, against solid SCOTUS precedent, and hundreds of years of...

Duration:00:54:37

Episode 59: 2022 Supreme Court Wrap-Up

7/19/2022
This week, we look back at several of the big decisions that came down from the U.S. Supreme Court in its most recent term, including New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, West Virginia v. EPA, and Vega v. Tekoh. We also look ahead to a couple of the major cases coming down the pike next term and discuss the alarming trends that are arising with this packed Court's conservative supermajority. Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's Host: Jeanne Hruska,...

Duration:01:10:19

Episode 58: The Supreme Court's Religious Agenda

7/12/2022
In its latest term, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two highly consequential decisions pertaining to the religion clauses of the First Amendment: Carson v. Makin and Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. Lindsay Langholz speaks this week with Ira "Chip" Lupu, Professor Emeritus of Law at GW Law School, about these two cases, just how divergent the decisions are from the Court's prior precedent, and what listeners should expect next given the Court's seemingly overt religious agenda. Join the...

Duration:00:55:29

Episode 57: The Chaos of a Post-Roe America

7/5/2022
The U.S. Supreme Court's final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health is as bad as we feared it would be. For the first time in history, our highest court has eliminated a fundamental right by overruling Roe v. Wade. On this episode, Lindsay Langholz is joined by returning guests Jenny Ma, Senior Staff Attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Rosann Mariappurum, Executive Director of Jane's Due Process, to discuss the Dobbs decision, the legal uncertainty and confusion for...

Duration:00:47:06

Episode 56: Takeaways from the January 6th Select Committee's Public Hearings

6/28/2022
The January 6 Select Committee held five public hearings in three weeks. Even for folks who are immersed in this, these hearings have provided a lot of information to process. Jeanne Hruska speaks with Barbara McQuade, professor at Michigan Law School and former U.S. Attorney, about the biggest takeaways from the hearings, the recent law enforcement activity seemingly connected to the Committee's findings, and what we might expect next from this Committee whose investigation is...

Duration:00:41:20

Episode 55: What Is Happening? 2022 Mid-Year Check-in

6/21/2022
Special episode recorded live at ACS's 2022 National Convention. In the first segment, Jeanne Hruska speaks with Ian Millhiser, Vox Media, and Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, about the biggest legal developments of 2022 thus far and the solutions they would impose if they were god for a day. They also sound off on Twitter and offer advice about careers in legal journalism. In the second segment, Jeanne checks in with Jenny Ma, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Rosann Mariapparum, Jane's...

Duration:01:26:55

Episode 54: Preparing for Abortion Surveillance in a Post-Roe World

6/14/2022
As we brace for the likelihood that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, there is growing conversation about how states with abortion bans could go about investigating whether someone has had an abortion. This has given rise to the notion of abortion surveillance – a harrowing concept and yet something that could soon be all too real. This week, Jeanne Hruska speaks with Chad Marlow, ACLU Senior Policy Counsel on privacy, surveillance, and technology issues, about what abortion...

Duration:00:56:55

Episode 53: Two Years After George Floyd's Murder - What Gives?

6/7/2022
Two years ago, the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, caught on camera, ignited a national and even a global movement for police reform and racial justice. Two years later, reform still feels elusive. On this week's episode, Jeanne Hruska speaks with A.L. Brown, a criminal defense attorney from Minneapolis-St. Paul, about the intersection of racial justice and police reform, and how lawyers and judges can help accomplish reform without waiting for legislation. Join the...

Duration:00:47:00

Episode 52: A Guide to Reforming the Supreme Court

5/31/2022
Last October, we released an episode entitled, “The Case for Supreme Court Reform.” Since then, the urgency to reform our highest court has only intensified, as public trust in the Court continues to decline and the Court’s legitimacy along with it. This week, Jeanne Hruska speaks with Kermit Roosevelt from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School about the "how to" of Supreme Court reform. They dive into the mechanics of establishing term limits for justices and expanding the Court....

Duration:00:56:34

Episode 51: The Domino Effect of Dobbs

5/24/2022
The leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, if officially released by the Supreme Court, would wipe out the federal constitutional right to abortion and directly impact the lives of millions of people. Already, the conservative legal movement is mobilizing to take advantage of the groundwork being laid in Dobbs to put same-sex marriage, contraception, and even interracial marriage in jeopardy. How wide will the impact of the Dobbs decision be and who will be...

Duration:00:52:00

Episode 50: Young People vs The Government

5/17/2022
The effects of climate change will be felt the strongest by young people. Refusing to stand idly by, 21 young people have sued the U.S. Government for violating their constitutional right to a climate that sustains life. The lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, is detailed in the documentary "Youth v Gov," now available on Netflix. This week, Jeanne Hruska speaks with Julia Olson, the lead attorney in the case, about the lawsuit, the documentary, and the way forward for climate litigation more...

Duration:00:53:09

Episode 49: Reproductive Rights in Crisis

5/10/2022
This week, we react to the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would overturn Roe v Wade and eliminate the constitutional right to abortion. Peggy Li speaks with Jenny Ma, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Rosann Mariappuram, Jane's Due Process, about the impact the draft opinion will have if it is officially released by the Supreme Court and what it could mean for civil rights more broadly going forward. They discuss reproductive...

Duration:01:07:43

Episode 48: SCOTUS Just Reinforced Puerto Rico's Separate and Unequal Status

5/3/2022
This week, we’re discussing Puerto Rico, specifically the many ways in which U.S. law continues to subject this and the other U.S. territories to second class status. The latest example? The Supreme Court recently ruled, in an unusual 8 to 1 decision, that Puerto Ricans can be denied government benefits, despite being U.S. citizens. Lindsay Langholz speaks with Adriel Cepeda Derieux of the ACLU about this case and how it is just the latest in a long line of oppressive measures taken by the...

Duration:00:39:38

Episode 47: What's Next for the January 6th Select Committee?

4/26/2022
After interviewing hundreds of witnesses and reviewing tens of thousands of documents, the January 6 Select Committee is preparing to hold public, televised hearings. While we’ve learned a lot in recent months from subpoenas and lawsuits, the American public is presumably about to learn a whole lot more in these hearings. So, what do we know already and what should we expect from the hearings? Jeanne Hruska speaks with POLITICOS's Kyle Cheney and with Jeannie Rhee, a partner at Paul Weiss,...

Duration:00:47:13

Episode 46: What Did Justice Thomas Know and When?

4/19/2022
In recent weeks, there's been a flurry of revelations about the political activities of Justice Clarence Thomas's spouse, Virginia Thomas, including her text messages to Mark Meadows, then President Trump's chief of staff, that seem to espouse electoral conspiracy theories. On this episode, Jeanne Hruska speaks with Vox Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser about what we know about Ginni Thomas’s political activities, what they do or don’t say about Justice Thomas's role on the Supreme Court,...

Duration:00:51:24

Episode 45: Celebrating Judge Jackson's Confirmation

4/12/2022
We are celebrating the historic and bipartisan confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court Justice. Zinelle October, ACS executive vice president, speaks with Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean and Professor of Law of Howard Law School, and Russ Feingold, ACS president, about the significance of Judge Jackson's confirmation, while underscoring the Supreme Court's continued legitimacy crisis and need for reform. They also look back at those public hearings and the need...

Duration:00:32:57

Episode 44: Pay Attention to State Courts - and Their Elections

4/5/2022
State courts handle the vast majority of lawsuits in this country, easily outworking federal courts. And as the packed U.S. Supreme Court rewrites American jurisprudence, state courts are poised to become the battleground for even more issues that impact our daily lives. This could explain why races for state judgeships are heating up, with more mudslinging, intimidation, and money being spent. Jill Dash speaks this week with Anita Earls, Associate Justice of the North Carolina State Supreme...

Duration:00:38:29

Episode 43: Just How Broken Is Our Immigration System?

3/29/2022
The world is currently facing the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Millions of people are fleeing the effects of war, poverty, and persecution from places as disparate as Afghanistan, Central America, Haiti, and now Ukraine. This is happening against the continued backdrop of COVID-19 and the U.S. government’s use of a long-dormant immigration authority to expel asylum seekers. Evan Monod speaks this week with Shoba Wadhia and Lee Gelernt about the current and enduring...

Duration:00:51:26