The Ricochet University School of Law values diversity — and nowhere is that more evident than in this episode’s topics. Professors Epstein and Yoo tackle the Brussels terrorist attacks, President Obama’s detached attitude towards the ISIS threat, and Donald Trump’s pledge to do “so much torturing it will make your head spin” (note: not an actual quote … yet). Then it’s on to Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court: Is he qualified? Does it matter? Are Senate Republicans inviting a backlash? After that, in a Law Talk first, the professors parse the (legal) details of the Hulk Hogan sex tape and the resulting lawsuit against Gawker. Finally — are you ready for this? — is it possible that Epstein and Yoo agree with Donald Trump about revisiting libel laws? Tune in to find out.

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Class is back in session at the Ricochet University School of Law and Professors Epstein & Yoo have the answers to all of your burning legal questions: Is the Republicans’ Supreme Court strategy coming apart? Is the FBI asking too much of Apple? Do cameras belong in the Supreme Court? Is it time to repeal the 17th Amendment? And what was Chris Christie thinking? Come for the legal insight, stay for John’s insights into the Berkeley pot scene and Richard’s unlikely chess partner.

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It’s rare for the discussion in the faculty lounge to stay on one topic for an entire hour, but how could it not when the subject is the late, great Antonin Scalia? In this episode, Professors Epstein and Yoo recall their personal memories of the departed Supreme Court justice, explain his place in the history of the judicial branch, hash out whether or not Republicans should attempt to block President Obama’s nomination of a replacement, and explain how the president could put the GOP on its heels. Finally, the boys give their answer to this query: what’s the single most important question a president can pose to a potential Supreme Court nominee?

All that and more in this hour of Law Talk.

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As the first elections of 2016 approach, Professors Epstein and Yoo are talking politics in the faculty lounge. Is a President Trump or President Hillary the more menacing idea? Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president (the answer’s not as clear as you might think)? Is Hillary more likely to end up in a courthouse than the White House? And is the Supreme Court about to strike a blow against public sector unions? All those topics plus the most important question of all: is Peyton Manning or Cam Newton going to take home the Lombardi Trophy? On that front, Justices Epstein and Yoo issue a split decision.

“Omaha!” EJHill!

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Welcome to a Law Talk set long ago in a galaxy far, far away. But even from a distance, Professors Yoo and Epstein cover legal issues concerning this planet. This week: the San Bernardino terrorist attack and Trump’s immigration policy — specifically, would it be constitutional to prohibit Muslim immigration? Also, the SCOTUS Affirmative Action case and a defense of Justice Scalia, the DOJ investigation of Chicago police department, and for Star Wars week, a John Yoo special: Was Han Solo legally justified in shooting first against Greedo?  We’d rather kiss a Wookie then tell you the answer here.

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The Ricochet Law School (diplomas available on Ebay) is back in session for another romp through the legal and constitutional issues of the day. This week, do governors actually have the power to turn away turn away Syrian immigrants? Then, a look at the controversy surrounding encryption and whether or not opening it up would in fact make the world safer. Finally, should computers have First Amendment rights? The Profs have an opinion. Let us know yours in the comments below.

Tell it to the judge, EJHill.

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It’s Back To The Future day on Law Talk and Professors Epstein and Yoo are in postseason form as we open up the faculty lounge for our October session. In this installment: Can the House really pick a non-member as Speaker? Is a new case out of Wisconsin going to upend gun law? Has China fallen afoul of international law with its claims to offshore islands? And have we reached peak fantasy football? 

All that plus the annual calling to account for our World Series predictions. This year’s winner is a real Cinderella story.

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With Labor Day come and gone, the faculty lounge reopens for the autumn session. On this episode: Professors Epstein and Yoo debate whether the Fourteenth Amendment mandates birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens; Discuss whether Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis can cite conscience protections to keep from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples; explain what Congress can do to stop the seemingly inevitable Iran deal; and deliver legal analysis on the finer points of Deflategate.

Also, the boys make their Super Bowl picks, Richard defends an unlikely Supreme Court case, and John reveals a secret from Ann Coulter’s days as a Capitol Hill staffer.yoohoochampions

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It’s an eclectic week in the faculty lounge, as Epstein and Yoo take your questions on a wide variety of topics: Should the courts be able to prevent the release of the Planned Parenthood videos? Is the law finally going to catch up with Hillary Clinton? What would the professors change about the U.S. Constitution? And is John Yoo distressed by runaway inflation at McDonald’s? Those are just a few of the many queries they get to this week.Also, it’s the day you’ve all been waiting for: Richard Epstein finally explains why Roman riparian law is so important. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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drstrangeloveIt’s a summer school session in the faculty lounge and things are … unruly. Yes, Professors Epstein and Yoo hit the big topics: the Iran deal and the conclusion of the “John Doe” investigations in Wisconsin. Along the way, however, they touch on everything from whether Antonin Scalia is a bad influence on law students, how to stay safe at an Oakland A’s game, whether New York City or Chicago produces the better pizza (Richard is troublingly agnostic), and how David Brooks is exploiting the tax code. So, yes: we were out of decaf in the faculty lounge today.It’s a Law Talk tour de force. Listen in!

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rainbow_ridersThe faculty lounge reopens for a special summer session and there is plenty for professors Epstein and Yoo to talk about. First up, the gay marriage decision: Is this really what the Fourteenth Amendment means? Is Justice Kennedy’s florid decision an invitation for mischief? And how concerned should defenders of religious liberty be? Then, it’s on to Obamacare. Has Chief Justice Roberts gone over to the dark side? Why is that liberal justices never “grow” on the court? And what do the professors make of Ted Cruz’s proposal to reform the Supreme Court? Also on the docket: redistricting in Arizona and disparate impact in Texas. And finally: what underappreciated Americans do Epstein and Yoo want to see take their star turn on the Fourth of July (don’t worry — it turns into an opportunity to throw shade at 19th century presidents). All that and more in this week’s Law Talk!

Don’t judge us, EJHill.

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license-1This week, the faculty lounge is brimming with questions: Was the Charleston shooting an act of terrorism? Are hate crime laws a perversion of justice? Is mental health reform more important than gun control? How much say should the government have over what’s written on your license plate? Did California just kill Uber’s business model? Are we on the cusp of a cybersecurity disaster? Was Dennis Hastert indicted with a bogus law? Is it time to junk the bar exam? And what’s an LSD-addled former New York Times employee doing hanging around the Berkeley campus (other than fitting in)?

Professors Epstein and Yoo have all the answers. So sit back, pour yourself a nice cold beverage, and enjoy the seminar. This is about as good as summer school gets.

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weekend_at_berniesNow that Professor Yoo’s returned from his international jet-setting (he came back with some strong opinions about hummus), we’ve shaken off the cobwebs and kicked off our summer session. This week: Did Congress make a reasonable compromise on the NSA program or did they put national security at risk? Are Supreme Court justices getting too comfortable being pop culture icons (personally, we thought Scalia got kicked off The Voice way too early)? How would Epstein and Yoo pick who to put on the bench? Why does John know so much about Hollister? And why is Richard having dinner with Bernie Sanders? All will be revealed when you step into the faculty lounge.

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riconineOyez, the faculty lounge has re-opened, just in time for opening day of the baseball season. In addition to their annual rite of spring World Series picks, Professors Yoo and Epstein discuss the constitutional implications of a deal with Iran, RFRA laws on the stage and national level, and whether or not it was a mistake to let the Feds handle the Boston bomber case. Also, can baseball be sped up? One idea: let Epstein do the play-by-play.

Another home run, EJHill!

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The faculty lounge has reopened and this week Professors Epstein and Yoo have a full docket. Among the topics: Was the Texas ruling against President Obama’s immigration policy a pyrrhic victory for conservatives? Is John Roberts about to drive a stake through Obamacare’s heart? Will Republicans be left holding the bag if healthcare subsidies get overturned? And would Obama’s request for an authorization of force against ISIS weaken the presidency (prepare to hear Professor Epstein sound a lot like Professor Yoo). Also, Epstein’s getting racy on camera, Yoo is putting down the zombie apocalypse, and both are throwing shade at James Buchanan. All in all, just another day at the Ricochet University School of Law.

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A few times a year, the Law Talk crew miraculously finds itself on the same coast in the same city at the same time (well, most of us do, but that’s a story for another time). So, thanks to our friends at the Federalist Society and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, here’s our live podcast from the World Series Champions/City By The Bay. This week, the professors and Troy Senik comment on the State of The Union address (while it’s being given!), the coming changes in personnel to the Supreme Court, ponder why Mitt Romney might be running and the first Law Talk 2016 preview. Also some predictions on the Supreme Court ObamaCare and same sex marriage cases, and yes, a live Law Talk Q&A.

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This week on Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo, the professors opine on both the Ferguson and Staten Island Grand Jury decisions and weigh in on the legal issues surrounding policing and body cameras. Then, a deep dive on the just released torture report. Afterwards, an ironically long discussion on whether or not the new Republican senate should reinstate the filibuster for judicial nominees. Finally, is threatening someone on Facebook protected by the First Amendment? It’s the first Law Talk debate to feature a reference to Eminem.

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Executive orderThis week on Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo: The immigration executive order, the Sixth Circuit’s gay marriage decision, and the coming Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare. Also, what happens around the Epstein household over the holidays and has John Yoo become a problem gambler? The answers lie within.

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This week, Obama’s trouncing and how it will affect the rest of his term, Ebola and the state’s right to quarantine, can Congress determine the a citizen of Jerusalem is also a citizen of Israel, and a look at assisted suicide laws. Finally, we review the Professor’s World Series picks. Spoiler alert: One of them looks more like the rear of a donkey than the other.

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