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Ian Samuel & Dan Epps

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Amici #25 [UNLOCKED]: "Tough Phone Call"

1:16:10 | Dec 24th, 2018

In the holiday spirit, we've unlocked a bonus episode. Last June, at the Arizona State Bar Convention, Dan interviewed two judges: Hon. Andrew D. Hurwitz and Hon. Ruth McGregor.

OT2018 #12: "Inconceivable!"

1:49:55 | Dec 17th, 2018

It's an off week for the Supreme Court, so we've got another great ensemble cast to take a deep dive into issues that regularly come up on the show. Kate Shaw of Cardozo Law guest hosts.

OT2018 #11: "A Lot Of Meatballs"

1:27:08 | Dec 10th, 2018

There are twice as many women in this episode as there were at the Supreme Court podium in the whole December sitting. Leah and guest host Jaime Santos recap the week's arguments with two special guests.

OT2018 #10: "Come On, General"

1:18:57 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Dan and Leah recap Supreme Court news, an opinion and two arguments, and they look ahead to the cases being argued this week.

OT2018 #9: "8,000 Pounds of Shark Fins"

1:34:25 | Nov 26th, 2018

Beth Colgan of UCLA joins us to preview a fascinating case about excessive fines (yes, really) called Timbs v. Indiana.

OT2018 #8: "Animal Magnetism"

1:08:55 | Nov 19th, 2018

The First Mondays national tour continues! This week we’re live at Duke Law School. With professors Marin Levy and Steve Sachs, we take a deep dive into Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, a case that arises from some particularly spicy factual allegatio...Show More

OT2018 #7: "Now Who's the Legal Realist?"

1:20:10 | Nov 12th, 2018

Will and Dan catch you up on a lot of recent news and debrief the November sitting.

OT2018 #6: "Hook 'Em, Tom"

1:22:58 | Nov 5th, 2018

Dan is joined by Prof. Steve Vladeck for a live show at the University of Texas.

OT2018 #5: "Arbitration Nation"

57:34 | Oct 31st, 2018

This episode is late, but we have a good reason. We get up to speed on the cases in front of the Supreme Court this week, as well as some other SCOTUS-adjacent news.

OT2018 #4: "This Is About Frogs"

1:00:12 | Oct 22nd, 2018

First Mondays is live from Columbia Law School, where we bring in a ringer: guest Professor Richard Epstein of NYU.

OT2018 #3: "Ordinary Pinch"

1:30:21 | Oct 15th, 2018

We're back to a nine-member Court, and we're here to recap arguments from the past week. Since Will is filling in as recurring guest host, we also take a look at the so-called "shadow docket." Plus, are the justices getting along?

OT2018 #2: "Alea Iacta Est"

1:12:23 | Oct 8th, 2018

Ian is joined by returning guest host Professor James Stern to break down the first week of the October sitting.

OT2018 #1: "Rearranging Deck Chairs"

1:20:02 | Oct 1st, 2018

The first Monday of October Term 2018 is upon us, which means it's time for the kick-off of our third season. Live from Washington University in St. Louis, we bring you previews of the week's arguments. The cases involve a range of issues, from the F...Show More

OT2018 #0: "Looks A Lot Like Grift"

1:11:43 | Sep 24th, 2018

We're kicking off our third season with a live show at William & Mary! Professor James Stern joins us as we take the birds-eye view of OT2018. This year will bring cases about excessive fines, the death penalty, and just about everything in between.

In Recess #10: "Special Horses"

1:10:08 | Sep 17th, 2018

It's our first five-mic episode! We're joined by Kent Greenfield and Adam Winkler, who both have new books about corporate personhood, as well as our bankruptcy expert, Danielle D'Onfro.

Good Behaviour #10: "Bad Bens"

1:28:11 | Sep 10th, 2018

In our (hopefully) final episode of Good Behaviour (for a while), Ian and Leah discuss their favorite and least favorite moments of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

In Recess #9: "Hoofbeats in the Distance"

50:36 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Just in time for the Kavanaugh confirmation circus, we have a lively interview with David Kaplan about his new book, "The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution."

Good Behaviour #9: "A Bunch of Printers"

1:23:20 | Aug 27th, 2018

Will Baude joins us to discuss the latest news of the Kavanaugh nomination. Plus, what do we mean when we talk about originalism?

1L First Street #1: "Dumbo's Feather"

1:24:52 | Aug 20th, 2018

We're launching a new series aimed at helping law students survive the best/worst three years of their lives. In this episode, we'll talk about study groups, thinking like your professor, and the best food-related way to make it through an exam.

In Recess #8: "Would You Rather"

1:13:28 | Aug 13th, 2018

Rick Hasen joins us to talk about his new book, "The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption."

Good Behaviour #8: "Batting .998"

1:02:44 | Aug 6th, 2018

We round up the latest Kavanaugh news, including speculation on the Bush documents and a debate over whether Democrats should support his confirmation when they disapprove on the merits.

In Recess #7: "Robot Ban"

55:57 | Jul 30th, 2018

We are live at the offices Akin Gump in Washington DC to talk with Pratik Shah and Martine Cicconi.

In Recess #6: "Allen Charge"

50:18 | Jul 23rd, 2018

We get caught up on our backlog of our hotline calls while also briefly recapping the latest news on the battle to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In Recess #5: "The Ghost of LBJ"

1:01:01 | Jul 16th, 2018

We kick off our summer series by catching up on hotline calls and talking through the religious liberty docket.

Good Behaviour #7: "Not an Emirate"

1:01:16 | Jul 11th, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. What can we expect from him?

The Annual: OT2017 in Review

1:16:38 | Jul 9th, 2018

We look back on the best and worst of October Term 2017.

Good Behaviour #6: "The Drift"

50:00 | Jul 6th, 2018

We like to think that the Supreme Court is non-political in its decision-making, but the numbers say otherwise. Lee Epstein joins us to explain how data can illustrate where a Supreme Court nominee falls on the ideological scale.

OT2017 #31: "Old Paella"

58:51 | Jul 2nd, 2018

OT2017 came to a close last week, but not before dropping quite a few bombshells. We'll discuss what the Supreme Court decided in matters relating to crisis pregnancy centers and free speech, public sector union dues, and President Trump's travel ban...Show More

Good Behaviour #5: "Constitutional Hardball"

52:06 | Jun 29th, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement. What now? We continue our series on Supreme Court vacancies, with Dan and Leah-- both former Kennedy clerks-- setting the stage.

OT2017 #30: "Most Ambitious Crossovers"

1:46:38 | Jun 25th, 2018

We take a running start and try to get through as many opinions as we can. We discuss gerrymandering, online sales tax, cell phone records, and we interview the man, the myth, the legend-- two-time Supreme Court winner Fane Lozman.

OT2017 #29: "Average Joe"

53:23 | Jun 18th, 2018

Live from New York, it's First Mondays! First, we discuss what #KaganStyle looks like. We'll also talk about why registering to vote shouldn't be so difficult, how to keep things chill at the polls, and which version of the dictionary is the best ver...Show More

OT2017 #28: "Stale Cake"

1:44:25 | Jun 11th, 2018

It's that rare and glorious beast of shows-- the three-mic episode. We're joined by Will Baude, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, to break down recent opinions from the Supreme Court.

OT2017 #27: "Girl Scouts and Trick-or-Treaters"

1:10:42 | Jun 4th, 2018

We recap opinions in Lagos v. United States and Collins v. Virginia, as well as the DIG in City of Hays v. Vogt. Plus, we answer some hotline calls.

OT2017 #26: "The Murder Zone"

1:06:29 | May 28th, 2018

Leah joins Dan to talk about two new opinions, both written by Justice Gorsuch: Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundgren. We'll also recap some new grants for OT2018 and answer a few hotline calls.

OT2017 #25: "The Way The Chief Loves Mootness"

1:15:03 | May 21st, 2018

It's opinion season at the Supreme Court, and we have five decisions to go through. From sports betting, to rental cars, to shackling criminal defendants, we'll break them down so you're fully informed for your next trip to the office water cooler.

OT2017 #24: "Kudos To Whoever Did This"

53:47 | May 7th, 2018

We discuss two opinions in patent law cases with guests Roman Martinez and Willy Jay.

OT2017 #23: "After Dark"

1:26:27 | Apr 30th, 2018

We recap the oral arguments in the travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii, as well as the fascinating separation of powers dispute, Lucia v. SEC. We also look at Jesner v. Arab Bank, one of the biggest opinions the Court released has released so far this T...Show More

OT2017 #22: "Cf. Everything"

1:24:33 | Apr 23rd, 2018

We're live at the University of Akron School of Law to preview the Court's final—and perhaps its most important—sitting of October Term 2017.

OT2017 #21: "Under the Mattress"

1:17:59 | Apr 16th, 2018

Get ready for the final arguments of OT2017 with a preview of South Dakota v. Wayfair. Plus, with the help of a hotline call, we'll talk about what happens when 7 out of 9 justices might need to recuse themselves from a case.

OT2017 #20: "I Am The Split"

1:09:58 | Apr 2nd, 2018

The March sitting goes out like a lamb... if a lamb symbolizes a 9-0 opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts. But first, we're going in like a lion and naming names in the War on Arbitration-- those Biglaw firms that require arbitration agreements.

OT2017 #19: "This Classroom Is Not Full"

1:13:46 | Mar 26th, 2018

Live from Yale Law School, it's First Mondays! We're joined by Linda Greenhouse to discuss the orders docket, recent opinions, last week's argument in NIFLA v. Becerra, and previews of this week's cases. Plus, we'll talk with Linda about some of her ...Show More

OT2017 #18: "Legal Faux Pas"

1:37:01 | Mar 19th, 2018

Leah Litman returns to the co-host chair to join Ian for a look ahead at the March sitting. There's also some SCOTUS trivia, birthday celebrations, overviews of granted cert petitions, and reliance on Melody's "bleep" file.

OT2017 #17: "Elephants Rarely Hide in Pajamas"

1:33:57 | Mar 12th, 2018

The Supreme Court has churned out some grants and opinions in the past few weeks, and at least a few of them are interesting. We'll talk about everything from the death penalty to bankruptcy. In-house expert Danielle D'Onfro joins us for the latter.

OT2017 #16: "Robots in Ireland"

1:06:02 | Mar 5th, 2018

The February sitting is over, but the argument recaps are just beginning. We welcome back NPR's Nina Totenberg to talk about four big cases from the past two weeks: Janus, Mansky, Microsoft, and Lozman.

OT2017 #15: "Respected By All Sides"

1:07:00 | Feb 26th, 2018

We're switching it up and spending the whole episode on one case: United States v. Microsoft Corp. You know about storing stuff on the Cloud-- but what does it mean for your privacy when the cloud is technically located in another country?

OT2017 #14: "Justice for Stormy"

1:37:23 | Feb 19th, 2018

The Supreme Court's long break is over and we're here to preview some of the most interesting cases from the February sitting, including Janus v. AFSCME, Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Currier v. Virginia, and Ohio v. American Express.

OT2017 #13: "Poker Face"

58:24 | Feb 5th, 2018

In the bleak midwinter, the Supreme Court gave us three opinions to mull over while we wait for the next argument session. We'll talk about them, plus the SOTU, #GorsuchStyle, and your calls to our hotline.

OT2017 #12: "False Idol"

1:01:09 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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.

OT2017 #11: "Numbing Effect"

1:33:50 | Jan 15th, 2018

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.

OT2017 #10: "Under the Heat Lamp"

1:16:08 | Jan 8th, 2018

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.

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

49:12 | Dec 15th, 2017

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 busine...Show More

OT2017 #9: "Peak SG"

1:24:49 | Dec 11th, 2017

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.

OT2017 #8: "Bespoke but Blank"

1:16:29 | Dec 4th, 2017

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 ca...Show More

OT2017 #7: "Keys to a Valet"

1:14:57 | Nov 27th, 2017

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

OT2017 #6: "Year of Munsingwear"

1:12:31 | Nov 13th, 2017

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.

OT2017 #5: "Oglethorpe's Second Cousin"

1:12:49 | Nov 6th, 2017

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.

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

1:14:47 | Oct 30th, 2017

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.

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

1:23:05 | Oct 16th, 2017

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 cale...Show More

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

1:39:20 | Oct 9th, 2017

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 ger...Show More

OT2017 #1: "A Very Nice Office"

1:19:19 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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...Show More

In Recess #4: "Stone Soup"

1:05:35 | Sep 11th, 2017

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 sp...Show More

Amici Teaser: "Rotten Fruit Juice"

02:04 | Aug 28th, 2017

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 c...Show More

In Recess #3: "Third Class Webelo"

1:09:29 | Aug 14th, 2017

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 tre...Show More

In Recess #2: "#BadLawyerGate"

1:08:45 | Aug 7th, 2017

To celebrate our new partnership with SCOTUSblog, we're unlocking one of our favorite bonus episodes for everyone to enjoy. It's an interview with Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. With a record of 33-2, she's one of the winningest Supreme...Show More

In Recess #1: "Crushing Negs"

1:12:04 | Jul 31st, 2017

The Supreme Court maybe now be in recess for the summer, but there's still stuff 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 act...Show More

First Mondays on Oral Argument

1:33:23 | Jul 17th, 2017

To kick off our summer schedule, we're pleased to rebroadcast the episode of Oral Argument we appeared on, which originally aired May 6th, 2017. We joined Christian Turner and Joe Miller to talk about physics conundrums, the politics of Supreme Court...Show More

The Annual: OT2016 in Review (ft. Nina Totenberg)

1:57:48 | Jul 10th, 2017

It’s the finale of our first season! To celebrate all that was OT2016, and to look to the year ahead, we went to the queen of SCOTUS radio herself: Nina Totenberg. We also dish out superlatives— best dig at an advocate, best quip in an argument, wors...Show More

OT2016 #27: "Not Respectfully"

2:03:21 | Jul 3rd, 2017

We couldn't possibly keep it short for the last recap episode of OT2016. We all know the last week of the term means all the blockbuster opinions get announced, and we're here to help you make sense of them. And for Trinity Lutheran and the travel ba...Show More

OT2016 #26: "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique"

1:42:05 | Jun 26th, 2017

It’s the penultimate recap for the term, wherein the justices hath bestowed upon us twelve (12) new opinions in one week. Time for a lengthy—but spirited—Opin-o-rama! We pick out a few of our favorites to go in depth, and then we institute Lightning ...Show More

OT2016 #25: "Little Longer in the Oven"

1:28:21 | Jun 19th, 2017

With just a couple of weeks to go, we're racing toward the OT2016 finish line. Plenty of blunders, orders, and opinions to address-- including Justice Gorsuch's first opinion. Plus, we'll discuss one of the biggest cases of the year that has, in our ...Show More

OT2016 #24: "Six Degrees of Caleb Nelson"

1:09:34 | Jun 12th, 2017

We hash out another week of SCOTUS news, this time with guest host Leah Litman. Yes, we recap orders and opinions, but more importantly, we finally solve a weeks-long First Monday mystery: who began the clerks' happy hour tradition? And don't stop li...Show More

OT2016 #23: "A Necessary Evil"

1:07:41 | Jun 5th, 2017

One of us got married this weekend; the other read the opinions. Listen to the episode and try to figure who did what.

OT2016 #22: "Golden Phoenix"

1:31:21 | May 29th, 2017

After a brief break for a trip to Vegas, we're back with a jackpot of opinions to recap. Yep, we break down each of the six opinions that have been released in the last couple of weeks. We've got everything from gerrymandering to patents to arbitrati...Show More

Amici Teaser: "Hunting for Truffles"

00:50 | May 15th, 2017

If you need your First Mondays fix, there's a new bonus episode for Patreon subscribers! We talk all things cert pool, and (spoiler alert) Dan and Ian really disagree. Subscribe at patreon.com/firstmondays.

OT2016 #21: "Good Snake"

49:57 | May 8th, 2017

As we ease into the argument-free season of the term, we recap some grants, take a look at the opinion in Bank of American Corp. v. Miami, and relish a great hotline call full of 90s clerking gossip. And speaking of gossip, what's the deal with Justi...Show More

OT2016 #20: "Who Is Calling Justice Breyer?"

1:07:29 | May 1st, 2017

Recapping the last arguments for October Term 2016, and more.

OT2016 #19: "Cusp of a Revelation"

1:05:21 | Apr 24th, 2017

It was a pretty big week at the Supreme Court. First, we talk about what the heck is going with expiring execution drugs in Arkansas, and how that plays out within SCOTUS chambers. Then, for the first time since the beginning of this podcast, we had ...Show More

OT2016 #18: "Not Exactly Mr. Bluebook"

1:12:16 | Apr 17th, 2017

It's the beginning of the end of OT2016— the first week of the last sitting of the year. We're coming at you with two big previews. First, what do old tires and religious expression have to do with each other? Oh, only the biggest case of the year, p...Show More

Amici Teaser: "Let Me Tell You How Sweet It Is"

03:55 | Apr 10th, 2017

We've been cranking out some awesome interview shows for our Patreon subscribers. And if you're not one of them, well, you're missing out. Here are snippets from the two latest bonus episodes, one with Rakesh Kilaru, former associate counsel to Presi...Show More

Good Behaviour #4: "The Justin Bieber Standard"

1:23:10 | Apr 3rd, 2017

In our fourth episode of tracking Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, we get into the greatest hits of his confirmation hearings. How do you pronounce his name? Does the "frozen trucker case" invoke the absurdity doctrine? Which Dem...Show More

OT2016 #17: "Kill Any Potential Hipness"

1:35:46 | Mar 27th, 2017

This week it’s First Mondays XL, with more Supreme Court content than you can shake a gavel at. First off, we respond to a bunch of listener feedback about stuff we got wrong, stuff we got right, and stuff no one can quite figure out. (Here’s looking...Show More

OT2016 #16: "His Elegant Fountain Pen"

1:07:59 | Mar 20th, 2017

We took a week off, and we're making it up to you with an episode chock full of Supreme Court goodness. We've got orders! Opinions! Dissents! Concurrences in denial! The question of whether or not Justice Breyer has become a death penalty abolitionis...Show More

OT2016 #15: "The Roller Derby Across the Street"

1:16:34 | Mar 6th, 2017

We’ve got a jam-packed episode to wrap up the Supreme Court’s February sitting. As we analyze Hernandez v. Mesa, it becomes clear that we have another #BadLawyerGate situation on our hands. Guess which justice (figuratively) rips up that attorney’s a...Show More

OT2016 #14: "Stone Cold, Lead Pipe Lock"

1:28:27 | Feb 27th, 2017

This week we try to get to the bottom of a dissent to denial from Justice Sotomayor. (Two words: firing squad.) We also talk to immigration attorney Andrea Sáenz about the upcoming case, Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions, and Leah teaches us the key diff...Show More

Amici Teaser: #BadLawyerGate

01:34 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Hear an excerpt of our interview with powerhouse Supreme Court advocate Lisa Blatt. She has argued in front of the Court 34 times and has only lost twice. After Dan and Ian started a Twitter fight about first-time Supreme Court advocates, we wanted t...Show More

OT2016 #13: "Harriet Miers Bobblehead"

54:44 | Feb 20th, 2017

After a long break, the Supreme Court is back in session, and we resume our regularly schedule programming. We analyze the March and April argument calendars (you'll never believe which case finally got scheduled), and we take a deep dive into this w...Show More

Good Behaviour #2: "Disheartening and Demoralizing"

46:05 | Feb 13th, 2017

In this second episode of the Good Behaviour miniseries, Dan and Ian continue to chronicle the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. What is it with Judge Gorsuch and his yearbooks? How much cash did he have on hand in 2006? And will...Show More

Good Behaviour #1: "Grist of a Judge's Life"

47:13 | Feb 1st, 2017

We debut a brand new series, "Good Behaviour," to track the confirmation process of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who President Trump just nominated to fill Justice Scalia's vacant seat. For an insider's perspective, Dan and Ian talk to Jason Murray, who clerk...Show More

OT2016 #12: "That Makes No Sense"

1:14:43 | Jan 23rd, 2017

This week, Dan and Ian have a conversation with Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. During argument recaps, you'll learn the circumstances under which you should rethink all the choices that led you to argue in front ...Show More

OT2016 #11: "Close to Using a Swear"

1:00:25 | Jan 16th, 2017

Last week, the Supreme Court heard its first arguments of 2017, and Dan & Ian have the recaps. And as we gear up for arguments in crimmigration case Dimaya v. Lynch, First Mondays welcomes attorney Brian Goldman. It's the first time we've hosted a me...Show More

OT2016 #10: "You Would Wear a Stroller"

1:02:21 | Jan 9th, 2017

The Supreme Court is (finally) back in session, and Dan and Ian are ready with previews of Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, and Nelson v. Colorado. They'll also talk to Gabe Roth of Fix the Court about Chief Justice Robert's recent controvers...Show More

101 First Street #2: "The Most Exciting Parts"

50:18 | Jan 2nd, 2017

In this second episode in our 101 First Street series, we go inside oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Who talks first? How long until they get interrupted? After it's over, then what?

OT2016 #9: "What's Not on That February Calendar"

25:37 | Dec 30th, 2016

In this holiday bonus episode of First Mondays, we introduce our new producer, Melody Rowell. We also break down the Court's new grants, the release of the February calendar, and the supplemental briefing order in Jennings.

101 First Street #1: "Ser-shee-or-RARE-eye"

59:59 | Dec 26th, 2016

How does the Supreme Court actually work? How does the Court decide what cases to hear? How do you pronounce "certiorari?" What's the difference between a relist and a reschedule? Why are some briefs grey?

OT2016 #8: "Don't Think It's Going To Be 9-0"

1:39:08 | Dec 13th, 2016

The Slants have released a new song, the Supreme Court has released opinions, and Justice Breyer has got an idea for an innovative gold heist.

OT2016 #7: "Do We Even Really Know the Name?"

1:18:56 | Dec 5th, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing—with the first opinion announcement of the year.

OT2016 #6: "Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword"

1:44:36 | Nov 28th, 2016

It's a jam-packed holiday episode of First Mondays!

OT2016 #5: "Why Do We Wear Robes?"

1:29:40 | Nov 7th, 2016

Justice Breyer's got theories about fashion, and the First Mondays team is on it. This week, we begin with the special meeting of the Supreme Court's bar to honor Justice Scalia, and the Chief Justice's courtesy vote to stay an execution. We also dis...Show More

OT2016 #4: "Federal Circuit, Never Change"

1:04:48 | Oct 31st, 2016

The November sitting has begun! This week, we begin with Judge Posner's low opinion of the Supreme Court, and the new grants concerning gender identity, free speech for sex offenders, and the consequences of California's statutory-rape law for immigr...Show More

OT2016 #3: "Dumb and Disrespectful"

1:06:25 | Oct 17th, 2016

We bring the October sitting to a close, recap Pena-Rodriguez and Samsung, and make a futile attempt to predict this month's assignments. Plus: RBG on Kaepernick.

OT2016 #2: "The Worst Part About Being a Supreme Court Justice"

1:17:39 | Oct 10th, 2016

Ian and Dan recap the first week back at the Supreme Court, including Justice Breyer's strange theories about Kim Kardashian.

OT2016 #1: "The Satisfaction of Giving a Gift"

58:00 | Oct 3rd, 2016

In the inaugural episode of First Mondays, Ian and Dan break down the first week of the Supreme Court's new Term.