This week your hosts provide an update on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process and discuss several interesting new cases the Court took up this week. Amy interviews Professors Hannah Brenner Johnson and Renee Knake Jefferson about their book “Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court.” Lastly Amy shines in trivia about famous lawyers who could have, would have, or should have been on the Supreme Court.


In this episode Amy and GianCarlo introduce Judge Amy Coney Barrett and cover all the most interesting and exciting parts of her confirmation hearing. They also discuss two cases argued before the Court this week: Torres v. Madrid, and U.S. v. Briggs. GianCarlo interviews Ilya Shapiro about his new book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court. And lastly, Amy does a pretty good job of stumping GianCarlo with court-packing trivia!


A new term begins! Amy and GianCarlo launch the new season with a tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. GianCarlo previews some of the biggest legal issues facing the Court this term, and Amy discusses this week’s oral arguments. The duo also interview their colleague, Thomas Jipping, who is an expert on the confirmation process, and the three of them look at the road ahead of SCOTUS nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Last up, GianCarlo tries to stump Amy with confirmation-related trivia.


The term has ended with a bang! In this final episode of the season, GianCarlo and Amy discuss the blockbuster cases handed down this week, which addressed whether the President must release his tax returns, whether nearly half of Oklahoma is, in fact, an Indian reservation, whether the Little Sisters have to provide contraceptives in violation of their religious beliefs, and more. Amy interviews our dear friend and colleague, Paul J. Larkin, Jr., and he talks about his career, his mentors, and how he prepared for SCOTUS oral arguments.


In this episode, GianCarlo and Amy unpack the five big opinions issued this week, which involve religious liberty, abortion, separation of powers, corporate free-speech rights, and cutting edge trademark law. GianCarlo interviews Judge Daniel Bress of the Ninth Circuit who shares stories about clerking for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Justice Scalia. And lastly, Amy grills GianCarlo with religious-liberty trivia.


In this episode, GianCarlo and Amy unpack the two opinions released this week, one holding that the SEC may seek disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and the other upholding a statutory limit to habeas review for aliens detained for expedited removal. GianCarlo then interviews Judge Sandra Ikuta of the Ninth Circuit, and who tells us about her career, her mentors, and her clerkship with Judge Sanda Day O’Connor. And lastly, the hosts are joined by special guest, Paul J. Larkin, Jr., for SCOTUS movie trivia!

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GianCarlo and Amy dive into the two big opinions this week that considered whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act forbids sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination and whether the Trump administration acted properly when it rescinded the DACA program. Amy then interviews Judge David Porter of the Third Circuit. And lastly, with textualism all the rage because of the Title VII decision, GC tries to stump Amy with textualism-related trivia!


In this episode, GianCarlo and Amy discuss the rumored departure of Solicitor General Noel Francisco, update you on Covid-19 litigation, and explain the one opinion issued this week on the prisoner pleading three-strikes rule. GianCarlo also interviews former federal judge and Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, who settles the debate about what to call attorneys general. Finally, in honor of the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, Amy tries to stump GianCarlo with World War 2 SCOTUS trivia.


In this episode, GianCarlo and Amy discuss the dueling opinions in the case denying emergency relief to churches challenging California’s Covid-19 restrictions. They also breakdown the five opinions the Court issued this week, which cover ERISA standing, foreign arbitral awards, the Puerto Rico Oversight Board, successive habeas petitions, and appellate review in the context of the Convention Against Torture. What a week! Amy also interviews former C.J. Rehnquist clerk and superstar securities lawyer, Matthew Martens, and tries to stump him with Rehnquist related trivia. Is she successful? Tune in to find out!


GianCarlo and Amy examine surprising data collected by Empirical SCOTUS about telephonic oral arguments, a new Roe v. Wade documentary, and emergency petitions to the Court by churches challenging stay-at-home orders. GianCarlo interviews veteran legal journalist Stuart Taylor, Jr., and they discuss his career and the state of the modern news media. Finally, your hosts fill in for ESPN by doing Supreme Court sports trivia. It’s sportsball time!


In this episode, Amy impersonates Matthew McConaughey, GianCarlo tries out a French accent, and the two of them discuss the new documentary, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own words (available to stream online for free at the link below). They also unpack the one opinion released this week, which involves the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Finally, Amy interviews Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and explores how his is parents’ escape from communism shaped his view of America.


With oral arguments done for the term, GianCarlo and Amy discuss the arguments in some of this term’s biggest cases and review the successes of telephonic oral argument. GianCarlo interviews the legendary Judge Marty Feldman, and the two talk about the judge’s unusual path to the law, his friendship with Justice Scalia, and his time on the FISA court.


It’s Elizabeth’s last day on the show, and a week of big news at the Court: telephonic oral arguments, questions from Justice Thomas, and the “flush heard ’round the world.” We also discuss this week’s opinions (one involves Bridgegate, the other a sizzling unanimous rebuke of the Ninth Circuit), and Elizabeth interviews legal power couple, Jim and Allyson Ho.


Elizabeth Slattery introduces the new hosts, GianCarlo Canaparo and Amy Swearer. They recap the Court’s latest rulings (guns, Obamacare, and a Georgia copyright case), and Elizabeth chatted with former Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin. Stay tuned for Supreme Trivia – Elizabeth’s in the hot seat.


Elizabeth Slattery & Tiffany Bates have a big announcement that you won’t want to miss! They also recap the Court’s latest rulings (non-unanimous jury verdicts, point source pollutants, and more), and Elizabeth chatted with 2nd Circuit Judge Michael Park about his affinity for NSYNC and Microsoft Outlook. Stay tuned for Supreme Trivia – Dramatic Departures edition.


With no word about the March and April oral arguments, Elizabeth Slattery & Tiffany Bates recap the Court’s latest rulings (one involves the infamous pirate, Blackbeard). They also debut their new SCOTUS book club. Elizabeth chats with 6th Circuit Judge Alice Batchelder about her love of roller coasters and her chambers’ unusual dress code. Stay tuned for Supreme Trivia – April Fools’ Day edition.


Elizabeth Slattery & Tiffany Bates talk about how courts are practicing social distancing and what may happen with delayed SCOTUS cases. Elizabeth also recently chatted with Benjamin Beaton, a card-carrying Federalist Society member who clerked for the Notorious RBG. Tune in for Supreme Trivia – Learned Sixth Edition. Elizabeth tries to stump Benjamin on his knowledge of his “home court,” the Sixth Circuit.

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Mark Walsh joins Elizabeth Slattery this week to break down what the oral arguments in an important separation-of-powers case and the Louisiana abortion case. They discuss the recent dust up between John Roberts and Chuck Schumer and the news that the Court will hear a sixth case involving Obamacare. Elizabeth also chats with Louisiana Solicitor General Elizabeth Murrill about her career. Stay tuned for Supreme Trivia – Before They Were Justices edition. Mark’s in the hot seat!


Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates hit the highlights of the Court’s recent opinions, orders, and denials. They also sit down with 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett and hear about tailgating at Notre Dame football games and shooting sporting clays with her clerks. Stay tuned for Supreme Trivia – The Dogma Lives Loudly edition. Elizabeth’s in the hot seat!