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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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United States

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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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@acslaw

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 7: Supreme Court Wrap Up

7/20/2021
The U.S. Supreme Court recently concluded its 2020-2021 term, announcing a series of decisions in high profile cases related to voting rights, labor rights, and LGBTQ rights. ACS's Policy and Program team discuss several of the decisions and what they mean for the law going forward. The team will also look ahead to the Court's upcoming term and preview some of the more controversial cases on the docket. This is a great episode for listeners who are interested in learning more about the...

Duration:00:50:43

Episode 6: The Supreme Court vs Voting Rights

7/13/2021
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to voting rights in its recent 6-3 decision in Brnovich v. DNC. The Court's conservative majority upheld two Arizona voter suppression laws and gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Join Lindsay Langholz and Kat Calvin for a discussion about the impact of this decision and the Court's previous decision in Shelby County v. Holder. They discuss where the fight to protect voting rights goes from here and what listeners can do in their local...

Duration:00:39:16

Episode 5: The Threat of "Originalism"

7/6/2021
In this episode, Garrett Epps speaks with Victoria Nourse and Peter Shane to break down the claims of "originalism" and show how this flawed legal theory, as applied to the executive branch, has pushed our system to the brink of dictatorship. Legal arguments on constitutional issues are dominated, more and more, by the claims of “originalist” jurisprudence. The term, originated by the conservative legal movement during the Reagan years, means a philosophy under which the constitution means...

Duration:00:43:54

Episode 4: The Separation of Powers versus DOJ Subpoenas

6/24/2021
The New York Times recently published breaking news about how former President Trump's DOJ seized computer and phone records of democratic lawmakers and their staff. We talk with Andy Wright about why this revelation is so concerning and what should happen to reassert the separation of powers. This is part of Broken Law's "Rapid Response" series. ----------------- Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's Host: Jeanne Hruska, ACS Senior Advisor for Communications and...

Duration:00:39:04

Episode 3: In Pursuit of Death Penalty Abolition

6/22/2021
This episode explores the death penalty’s future in America. In its final months, the Trump administration carried out an unprecedent execution spree. Meanwhile, the country elected Joe Biden, the first president in U.S. history to publicly oppose the death penalty. Twenty-three states have abolished the death penalty. But as it becomes less common, a handful of states are considering firing squads, gas chambers, and other egregious methods to continue executions. What will be the fate of...

Duration:00:40:56

Episode 2: The Impact of Citizens United on Our Democracy

6/9/2021
ACS President Russ Feingold talks with Congressman James E. Clyburn about the state of our democracy. They delve into the impact of Citizens United v. FCC and Shelby County v. Holder on our elections, as well as how we improve the credibility of our judiciary and whether to reform the Senate filibuster. ----------------- Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's Host: Russ Feingold, ACS President Today's Guest: Congressman James E. Clyburn Link: Supreme Court...

Duration:00:24:56

Episode 1: What is ACS?

6/8/2021
Joined by ACS President Russ Feingold and Executive Vice President Zinelle October, we discuss the origin of the American Constitution Society (ACS), its work over the past twenty years, and the goals of the progressive legal movement. We cover a wide range of issues from the need for diversity on the courts, to the federal death penalty, and even the case for reforming the Senate filibuster. Listen in... ----------------- Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's...

Duration:00:31:49

Episode 0: Welcome to Broken Law

6/1/2021
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...

Duration:00:01:39