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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 70: Bracing for the Supreme Court's New Term

10/4/2022
The Supreme Court started its new term on October 3rd, and we are bracing for more cases where the Court could ignore precedent and judicial restraint, and eliminate safeguards to our civil rights and to our democracy. We preview several of the cases on the Court's docket and discuss their potential ramifications. These cases cover voting rights and gerrymandering, affirmative action, the death penalty, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's...

Duration:01:06:52

Episode 69: An Unjust Bargain

9/27/2022
In America, it is a fantasy to believe that people accused of a crime will have their case decided by a jury of their peers. The reality is that most convictions are achieved through plea bargains controlled by prosecutors. Is there a way to unwind this broken system of fast-tracked convictions? Christopher Wright Durocher speaks with Dan Canon, author of the book Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class, about the unjust practice of plea bargaining and how we fix...

Duration:00:49:15

Episode 68: The Constitution Is in Jeopardy

9/20/2022
On this episode, Jeanne Hruska is joined by the co-authors of the new book, "The Constitution in Jeopardy," Russ Feingold and Peter Prindiville to discuss a dangerous effort by factions of the Right to radically rewrite the U.S. Constitution. Russ and Peter explain why more attention needs to be paid to this effort and why we need a "new kind of Constitutional politics" in this country. Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's Host: Jeanne Hruska, ACS Sr Advisor for...

Duration:00:40:34

Episode 67: Sex, Gender Identity, and the Constitution

9/13/2022
On this episode, we discuss sex, gender identity, and the Constitution. That's because we are talking about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the argument that it is already the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. Lindsay Langholz is joined by Kate Kelly, author of "Ordinary Equality," to discuss the ERA’s long journey, the women and queer activists who kept the project going for so long, and why their work and their fight are still relevant today. Join the Progressive Legal Movement...

Duration:00:50:05

Episode 66: Dear Senate, Please Prioritize Judges

9/6/2022
This is a call to action! The U.S. Senate is back in session this month, and inevitably it has competing priorities between now and the end of the year. That's where this episode comes in. Jeanne Hruska speaks with Russ Feingold, President of ACS, and Zack Gima, Vice President of Strategic Engagement at ACS, about why the Senate should prioritize judicial nominations, how it can do that, and how listeners can help ensure it happens. Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today:...

Duration:00:55:11

Episode 65: The Intentional Effort to Toxify Public Education

8/30/2022
As we head back to school and in honor of Labor Day, Lindsay Langholz speaks this week with Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, about the myriad of new state laws censoring what teachers can say in the classroom, the resurgence of book bans by school districts, and the broader, purposeful effort to toxify public education. Join the Progressive Legal Movement Today: ACSLaw.org Today's Host: Lindsay Langholz, Director of Policy and Program Guest:...

Duration:00:28:06

Episode 64: Dobbs, Kansas, and Emerging Abortion Trends

8/23/2022
It has been nearly two months since the Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, overturning Roe v. Wade and throwing the issue of abortion rights to the states. On this episode, Lindsay Langholz speaks with Professor Mary Ziegler about how the aftermath of Dobbs is playing out in the states. What does Kansas say about how abortion might fare in other states and what are the emerging trends as more lawsuits are filed and state courts deliberate over old and new...

Duration:00:51:19

Episode 63: The ADA Takes on Voter Suppression

8/16/2022
People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States and represent a vital voting constituency that is often overlooked. In recent years, several states have enacted voter suppression measures in the name of "election integrity," which disproportionately impact people with disabilities. Evan Monod speaks with Lia Sifuentes Davis, Clinical Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being used to...

Duration:00:54:47

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