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OT2017 #6: "Year of Munsingwear"

11/13/2017
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We wrap up the November sitting with argument recaps, the first opinions of the term, and a very unusual certiorari petition that the Department of Justice filed in a hot-button case that involves both abortion and undocumented immigrants.

Duration: 01:12:31


OT2017 #5: "Oglethorpe's Second Cousin"

11/6/2017
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We recap arguments in Wilson v. Sellers and Artis v. District of Columbia, and then we preview this week’s argument in Patchak v. Zinke, and debate why the Court cares about the separation-of-powers issue in the case. And, Leah gets a promotion.

Duration: 01:12:49


OT2017 #4: "Wind, Diabetes, & Voluntary Retirements"

10/30/2017
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For our first-ever live show, we traveled to the University of Michigan—go Blue—and are joined by alumna Leah Litman. Before we ring in the November sitting, we discuss the important stuff: expensive sandwiches, factual errors, and the travel ban.

Duration: 01:14:47


OT2017 #3: "Nowheresville" (ft. Nina Totenberg)

10/16/2017
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The first sitting of OT17 has come to a close, and Nina Totenberg joins us again to discuss the term so far. We've got recaps of Jesner v. Arab Bank and Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and a quick look at the December argument calendar.

Duration: 01:23:05


OT2017 #2: "Who is the River Master?"

10/9/2017
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We made it through the first week of the term, and not without some bumps along the way. (Looking at you, new transcription company.) Misha Tseytlin, Solicitor General of Wisconsin, joins us to recap his argument in Gill v. Whitford, the partisan gerrymandering case. We'll also recap some immigration rearguments, look ahead to next week, and find out just how Justice Gorsuch likes his steak. This episode is sponsored by Ironclad, a software solution that streamlines contract creation...

Duration: 01:39:20


OT2017 #1: "A Very Nice Office"

10/2/2017
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It's the first Monday of the Supreme Court's October Term 2017, and the first episode of the second season of First Mondays. We'll catch up on SCOTUS news, sift through the grants that came out of the long conference, and preview some of the cases to be argued this coming week. In other words: we're back. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker, which offers boutique-quality eyewear at a revolutionary price point. To get five pairs of glasses to try on at home for free, go to...

Duration: 01:19:18


In Recess #4: "Stone Soup"

9/11/2017
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The Supreme Court did juuuust enough to warrant us stepping back into Historic First Mondays Studios. We’ll talk about the recently released November argument calendar, the latest in the travel ban, and whether or not Justice Gorsuch should give a speech at the Trump Hotel in DC. We also talk about Supreme Court specialization, the Solicitor General's office, and how to efficiently fact check our show with Willy Jay of Goodwin Procter's appellate practice.

Duration: 01:05:35


Amici Teaser: "Rotten Fruit Juice"

8/28/2017
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We’re still about a month away from the kick-off of OT2017, and the Court has been pretty quiet. But we’ve been hard at working making some bonus episodes for our Patreon subscribers. First, we talked a little longer to John Elwood, who you heard a couple of weeks ago in the episode "Third Class Webelo." Turns out, he’s kind of a big deal. Then, this week, we got out of the law school and into the vineyard with professional wine consultant Danielle Callegari. They’re both great...

Duration: 00:02:04


In Recess #3: "Third Class Webelo"

8/14/2017
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While Ian is off on a boat somewhere, or maybe in the wilderness of Croatia (we're not super sure), Dan and Leah get up to speed on a surprisingly busy summer week at the Supreme Court. In additions to some briefs showing up, one case got the DIG treatment. And it's a bankruptcy case, so we bring in resident bankruptcy expert Danielle D'Onfro to make it understandable for the rest of us. Then, we have an interview with the great John Elwood, partner in Vinson & Elkins' Appellate practice...

Duration: 01:09:29


In Recess #2: "#BadLawyerGate"

8/7/2017
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To celebrate our new partnership with SCOTUSblog, we're unlocking one of our favorite bonus episodes for everyone to enjoy. We talk about the problem of unprepared counsel refusing to give up Supreme Court oral arguments to more experienced attorneys. We discuss why the problem exists, the ethical conundrums it creates, and what, if anything, can be done to fix it. By far the best part of the episode, though, is an interview with legendary Supreme Court practitioner Lisa Blatt, who at the...

Duration: 01:08:45


In Recess #1: "Crushing Negs"

7/31/2017
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The Supreme Court maybe now be in recess for the summer, but there's still lots going on. In our universe, we're pumped for a new partnership with everyone's favorite Supreme Court website, SCOTUSblog. Not to be confused with the Supreme Court's actual website, which got a much-anticipated makeover sometime after we recorded this episode. We catch you up on the latest happenings in the big travel ban case—as well as what RBG had to say about it. Plus, the October argument calendar was...

Duration: 01:12:04