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Learn what you wish you already knew about our nation’s highest court. Hear how Supreme Court decisions directly affect you and your community. Meet the people behind the cases who are seeking to uphold freedom. Hosts and lawyers Mary Reichard and Jenny Rough take you to the scene, bringing the law to life for everyone––from appellate attorneys to high schoolers.
Overruling Roe - Part I
A new Mississippi law protects unborn life after 15 weeks’ gestation. The only abortion provider in the state sued, arguing the law is a direct affront to Supreme Court precedent.
Virginia Prodan worked as a lawyer in communist Romania under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He sent a man to assassinate her. Instead, Prodan witnessed Christ to him.
Drawing the Line
A famous courtroom artist tells the little-known aspects of his craft, beyond the colorful sketches that you can see.
Level Praying Field
A football coach sued his school district when the school prohibited him from offering a prayer on the field after games.
Jumping the Gun
A man concerned for his own safety sought a license to carry a gun outside his home. But a New York judge said no to him while other judges said yes to others arguably less qualified.
Taco ’Bout Contracts
A former Taco Bell employee sued her employer for unpaid wages. She wants to keep her battle in court, but the employer wants to force arbitration.
Death Row Prayer - S3.E1
A man on death row wants his pastor with him in the execution chamber but had to sue the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for it to happen
Season 3: Trailer
Abortion, guns, religion—our third season covers it all. Get personal with a Supreme Court artist. Understand how the latest decisions from our nation's highest court shape our immediate futures.
Legal Docket - United States v. Arthrex: S2.E10
Patent law and administrative law intersect in this case that raises a question about the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Legal Docket - Supreme Court Preview: S2.E9
The new 2021-2022 term of the US Supreme Court is upon us. Today, you’ll hear previews of several cases the justices will decide this term. Those include decisions about abortion, free speech, unequal treatment of religious schools, second amendment rights, and more.
Legal Docket - Americans for Prosperity v Bonta : S2.E8
When the attorney general of California sought confidential information about charitable donors, charities on the left and the right fought back.
Legal Docket: Nestle v Doe - S2.E7
Former child slaves on West African cocoa farms sue U.S. chocolate companies. This case examines whether the Alien Tort Statute covers those claims.
Legal Docket: Mahanoy Area School District v Levy - S2.E6
A cheerleader’s vulgar post on social media lands her in trouble with the school, but judicial precedent from the 1960s and the First Amendment protects her right to free speech
Legal Docket: Behind the Scenes - Clerks and Marshal's Aides - S2.E5
Find out what it's like to work as a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice. In this episode, hosts Mary Reichard and Jenny Rough talk with five law clerks, plus a Marshal's aide, for an inside peek at what goes on when the court is not in session.
Legal Docket: US v Cooley - S2.E4
Indian tribes are considered a nation within a nation. U.S. v Cooley looks at how much authority a tribe's law enforcement has to investigate crimes by non-Indians on its reservation.
Legal Docket: Fulton v City of Philadelphia - S2.E3
Religious Liberty and emerging LGBT rights clash when the city of Philadelphia excludes Catholic Social Services from placing children with foster families.
Legal Docket: Jones v Mississippi - S2.E2
Hosts Jenny Rough and Mary Reichard analyze an 8th Amendment case, cruel and unusual punishment. In 2005, Brett Jones killed his grandfather. He was 15. The Supreme Court looks at what is required before a juvenile can receive a life without parole sentence.
Legal Docket: Brownback v King - S2.E1
Hosts Mary Reichard and Jenny Rough analyze a case of simple facts and complicated law. In 2014, college student James King is beaten up by FBI agents who had the wrong guy. Now in 2021, he still hasn’t received recompense for his damages after going all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Legal Docket, Bonus Episode: Mandatory Vaccine Laws
The Supreme Court first considered the constitutionality of mandatory vaccine laws in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905). In this episode, hosts Mary Reichard and Jenny Rough examine that decision and cases that expanded it. You will hear from legal experts, doctors, a COVID-19 patient, and a pastor who offer insightful interviews on this this complex debate.
Episode 10: A Supreme Court Term Preview
Hosts Mary Reichard and Jenny Rough preview a handful of cases from the upcoming Supreme Court term: including legal questions over copyright, Catholic adoption agencies, the Affordable Care Act, and free speech on college campuses.
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