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OT2017 #12: "False Idol"

It's a fed courts feast as we recap Dalmazzi v. United States with Stephen Vladeck, who argued in front of the Court on Tuesday.

Duration: 01:01:08

OT2017 #11: "Numbing Effect"

We're in the middle of a jam-packed January sitting. To catch you up, we recap the argument in Husted, a case about voter rolls. We'll also talk about two death penalty cases-- one which requires summoning our trusty Habeas Wizard, Leah Litman.

Duration: 01:33:49

OT2017 #10: "Under the Heat Lamp"

SCOTUS wakes up from its long winter's nap and gives us some cases to talk about. After some news and updates, we'll preview Car Day-- two cases involved vehicle searches, the Fourth Amendment, and Official First Mondays Predictions.

Duration: 01:16:08

Amici #10 [UNLOCKED]: “Rotten Fruit Juice”

For the holidays, we sat down with wine expert (and Lecturer in Italian Studies at Berkeley) Dr. Danielle Callegari, for a discussion about the history of wine in America and the effects of the Court’s decision in Granholm v. Heald on the wine business.

Duration: 00:49:12

OT2017 #9: "Peak SG"

It’s an action-packed episode worthy of an action-packed sitting of the Court! We'll recap the oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop. We'll also talk with NPR's Nina Totenberg, who tells us what she noticed in the courtroom these past two weeks.

Duration: 01:24:49

OT2017 #8: "Bespoke but Blank"

Is cake speech? It’s time to find out. This week, we preview Masterpiece Cakeshop, in which the Court will decide whether a baker may be compelled to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Plus, a recap of Carpenter, the warrantless-location-tracking case.

Duration: 01:16:28

OT2017 #7: "Keys to a Valet"

After recapping some SCOTUS news and grants, we dig into a preview of Carpenter v. United States with Orin Kerr.

Duration: 01:14:57

OT2017 #6: "Year of Munsingwear"

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

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

Amici Teaser: "Rotten Fruit Juice"

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 #2: "#BadLawyerGate"

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