A short guide to the long conference
Season 3, Ep. 22
Amy Howe is joined by SCOTUSblog’s media editor, Katie Barlow, to preview the court’s upcoming “long conference,” where the justices will sort through hundreds of cert petitions that have been filed over the summer. The pair also dig into the justices’ recent spate of speeches criticizing the press.
The Texas abortion law and other shadow-docket controversies
Season 3, Ep. 21
Over a two-week period, the Supreme Court issued three momentous rulings on its shadow docket: one on abortion, another on evictions, and a third on asylum policy. SCOTUSblog’s publisher and co-founder, Tom Goldstein, joins the podcast to break down all three.
Joan Biskupic on interviewing Breyer and other SCOTUS scoops
Season 3, Ep. 20
CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic is known for getting exclusive stories – the most recent of which was herinterviewlast month with Justice Stephen Breyer. She joins SCOTUStalk to discuss Breyer’s retirement calculations, what she’s watching in the upcoming term, and how she approaches Supreme Court analysis.
SCOTUS spotlight: Jeffrey Fisher on arguing during the pandemic
Season 3, Ep. 19
Jeffrey Fisher, the co-director of Stanford Law’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, has more than 40 Supreme Court arguments under his belt. He joins SCOTUStalk to discuss his non-traditional path to becoming a top oral advocate, and he breaks down key moments from two of his arguments during the 2020-21 term, when all arguments were over the telephone. This interview is part of SCOTUStalk’s occasional “SCOTUS spotlight” series, which features in-depth interviews with Supreme Court litigators about how they approach oral arguments.
How do you solve a problem like the shadow docket?
Season 3, Ep. 18
SCOTUSblog hasshone a lighton the shadow docket, but as its breadth and import evolves, so must those who cover it. Professor Steve Vladeck, who haswrittenon the topic extensively and recentlytestifiedbefore the House Judiciary Committee, joins SCOTUStalk to discuss the shadow docket’s significance and how to better capture all of the court’s work.
Tom Goldstein reviews a transitional Supreme Court term
Season 3, Ep. 17
SCOTUSblog founders Amy Howe and Tom Goldstein look back on the 2020-21 term. The pair examine how Justice Amy Coney Barrett is settling in and review some of the term’s most noteworthy decisions, particularly on the First Amendment. Plus, a few predictions for next term, including on Justice Stephen Breyer’s possible retirement.
From 9th grade study hall to the Supreme Court
Season 3, Ep. 16
Anna Salvatore startedHigh School SCOTUSas a way to explain the Supreme Court’s work to high schoolers. After early success, the site has blossomed into a nationwide publication pulling in high school journalists from across the country – students like freshman Elise Spenner. Salvatore and Spenner join SCOTUStalk to discuss their work, what’s next for High School SCOTUS, and their thoughts on this term’s student speech case,Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.
Stacey Abrams on While Justice Sleeps
Season 3, Ep. 15
Voting-rights activist and Georgia politician Stacey Abrams joins SCOTUStalk to discuss her new novel,While Justice Sleeps, a thriller about the Supreme Court. We talk with Abrams about her writing process, being told “no” multiple times for what is now aNew York Timesbestseller, and what it’s like to be one of the few women writing fiction set at the high court. Abrams also hints at what’s next for her main character -- and for her own life.
Lyle Denniston on the current state of the court
Season 3, Ep. 14
Lyle Denniston, a 60-year veteran of the Supreme Court press corps, returns to SCOTUStalk to assess how the court’s ideological balance has shifted this term, whether Clarence Thomas will keep talking during oral arguments next term, and whether Stephen Breyer will retire. As is always the case, you can’t listen to Lyle and not learn something.