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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Gigantes

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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Just the Facts Mam

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.

EJHill rocks.

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Donkey Serenade

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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Quarantine

This week, the learned men of Law Talk quarantine themselves for an hour to discuss the hot legal issues of the day including (but not limited to): the legal questions surrounding the Ebola virus; the SCOTUS gay marriage punt and the Rule of Four; is asset seizure by law enforcement out of control?; and finally, can the DEA create a Facebook page using your personal data without permission? Friend us and find out.

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Law Talk Bros

This week in the faculty lounge, Epstein’s on MTV (sort of) and Yoo’s defending life in the blue states. Then, what will Eric Holder’s legacy be? After that, a pair of Supreme Court topics: has Justice Ginsburg stepped over the line on an abortion case and are the justices leaning too much on unreliable briefs? Up next, are Apple and Google preventing law enforcement from doing their jobs? And finally, one of the most surreal closing topics in Law Talk history. We won’t spoil it, but it involves Manuel Noriega, Vanna White, and Team America: World Police. There may be a gas leak in the faculty lounge.

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selfieAfter months of galavanting across the globe, the faculty of the Ricochet University School of Law (motto: “Do you want fries with that?”) reconvenes for its special August session. This week, the professors critique the Halbig case and give their opinion on whether an (alleged) typo can be a law. Then, by request, the potential for executive action on immigration; to impeach or not to impeach; who’s the worst foreign policy president; can a monkey own a copyright?; and the Law Talk movie of the month recommendation.

Top Banana, EJHill.

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Hangin with the Supremes

This week, Epstein, Yoo, and Senik reign supreme as they cover the Hobby Lobby decision and the NLRB ruling. Also, should a special prosecutor be appointed in the IRS case? And finally, can Congress sue the president? Oh, and yes … the Professors do indeed take the host to task for losing in Final Jeopardy. 

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AmendmentsThis week on Law Talk with Epstein & Yoo, the professors take on the Bergdahl trade from a legal and constitutional perspective, consider the VA scandal and explain why it can never, ever be a model for health care. Then, Bond v. U.S. — in which the Justice Department prosecuted a romantically spurned woman for violating a chemical weapons treaty. Yes, you read that right. Also, teacher tenure laws are ruled unconstitutional in California; and Epstein gets a kick out of soccer. Predictably, Yoo does not.

It’s a non-sequitur, EJHill (to be fair, he did this before we recorded the show). 

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Monkey TrialProfessor Epstein’s on Lake Michigan, Professor Yoo’s in an undisclosed location, and Law Talk is back in session. This week: the professors clash on affirmative action; Debate whether prayer before government meetings falls afoul of the First Amendment; Defend an attack on their salaries from Justice Scalia; Consider whether Donald Sterling has any chance of retaining ownership of the L.A. Clippers; and explore just how much power Congress has to get answers from the White House on the Benghazi scandal. Also, an answer to the greatest legal query of this or any age: can you be sued by your chimp … or extraterrestrials? We’re asking for a friend.

Note: we had some issues with Professor Yoo’s audio connection about 10 minutes into the show. Rest assured, he has been properly admonished. 

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The Ricochet University School of Law returns after Spring Break, and the professors are in rare form. This week: a guided tour of the legal questions around the federal income tax; are constitutional amendments a thing of the past?; Richard and John take a visit to the Bundy Ranch; Can Congress bring Lois Lerner to account?; And what’s the hidden talent of Richard “The White Shadow” Epstein?

Stuff it, EJHill

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The Ricochet School of Law (applications available at In N’ Out Burgers across the Southland) returns for its spring semester. This week, Professors Epstein and Yoo (ably assisted by Troy Senik) pass around the Hobby Lobby case, run right into the D.C. Circuit challenge to Obamacare subsidies, tackle the NSA’s warrantless collection of meta data, do not deflect what President Yoo or Epstein would do in the Ukraine crisis, intercept the NLRB decision to let Northwestern football players unionize, and kick the annual Law Talk World Series predictions right through the goal posts. Omaha!

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