Oral Argument

About the show

A podcast about law, law school, legal theory, and other nerdy things that interest us.

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  • Episode 169: Terrible Enough for Two Weeks

    May 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 25 mins
    law schools, school, teaching

    Just Joe and Christian on exams and other things.

  • Episode 168: Galaxy-Sized Diamond

    April 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 23 mins
    administrative law, constitutional law, first amendment, history, legislatures, originalism, regulation, standing

    On the shockingly central role of petitioning Congress, with Maggie McKinley.

  • Episode 167: Fingerprint

    April 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins
    constitutional law, feedback, international law, interpretation, legislatures, morality, politics, trump, war

    Just Joe and Christian, from the mezzanine of world headquarters.

  • Episode 166: Brooding Omnipresence

    April 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 32 mins
    common law, federal courts, interpretation, judges, jurisprudence, theory

    On finding law, with Stephen Sachs.

  • Episode 165: Raging Fire

    March 24th, 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    ethics, feedback, internet, journalism, media, morality, privacy, regulation, technology

    On conversation, mental models, Facebook, and Mr. Rogers.

  • Episode 164: Post-Marks-Regime World

    March 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 22 mins
    constitutional law, federal courts, interpretation, judges, legal practice, supreme court

    On the viability of finding narrowest grounds, with Richard Re.

  • Episode 163: Woodshed

    March 5th, 2018  |  1 hr 41 mins
    criminal law, election law, interpretation, judges, podcasts, professionalism, statutory interpretation, voting

    Just Joe and Christian, into the mailbag and another topic.

  • Episode 162: Wealth Gap (live at Georgia Law)

    February 19th, 2018  |  54 mins 7 secs
    banking, economics, history, live, race, regulation, slavery

    On black banking and the racial wealth gap, with Mehrsa Baradaran.

  • Episode 161: Meta

    February 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 25 mins
    jurisprudence, morality, philosophy, scholarship, theory, writing

    On general jurisprudence (and other things), with Scott Shapiro.

  • Episode 160: In the Barrel

    January 27th, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins
    constitutional law, federal courts, legal practice, military, national security, statutory interpretation, supreme court

    With Steve Vladeck, on his Supreme Court argument in Dalmazzi.

  • Episode 159: Magical

    January 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins
    constitutional law, feedback, law school, teaching, theory

    Joe and Christian on a few things.

  • Episode 158: Ethical Form of Life

    January 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 16 mins
    ethics, legal practice, morality, philosophy, politics, professionalism, trump

    On truth and roles, with Brad Wendel.

  • Episode 157: Blocked

    January 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 26 mins
    economics, feedback, podcasts, politics, professionalism, supreme court, voting

    Just Joe and Christian, going through the mailbag and other items.

  • Episode 156: Cheap Shot from the Cheap Seats

    December 24th, 2017  |  1 hr 14 mins
    feedback, judges, literature, podcasts

    Just Joe and Christian on various topics.

  • Episode 155: Presidential Utterance

    December 17th, 2017  |  1 hr 19 mins
    administrative law, constitutional law, history, interpretation, politics, presidents, trump

    On the legal effect of presidential speech, with Kate Shaw.

  • Episode 154: Third Place

    December 3rd, 2017  |  1 hr 10 mins
    gender, land use, literature, movies, private ordering, property, state action, trump

    On privately owned, public spaces, with Sarah Schindler.