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 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.

  • Episode 153: Shall Be Reduced

    November 19th, 2017  |  1 hr 17 mins
    constitutional law, election law, equal protection, federalism, history, originalism, race, rights, voting

    On section 2 of the 14th Amendment, with Franita Tolson.

  • Episode 152: Replication

    November 12th, 2017  |  1 hr 35 mins
    common law, contract, empirical, scholarship

    On empirics, Restatements, and consumer contracts, with Greg Klass.

  • Episode 151: Hungry Ghosts

    November 5th, 2017  |  1 hr 28 mins
    economics, philosophy, private ordering, property, robots

    On property and happiness, with David Fagundes.

  • Episode 150: Shutting Down Hal

    October 29th, 2017  |  1 hr 21 mins
    animals, ethics, morality, property, robots, technology

    On vengeance against robots, with Christina Mulligan.

  • Episode 149: We've Been Given the Finger (Live at the Tech Law Institute)

    October 22nd, 2017  |  54 mins 21 secs
    europe, fourth amendment, international law, live, regulation, supreme court, technology

    On data, live from the Tech Law Institute's conference in Atlanta.

  • Episode 148: The People of Puerto Rico

    October 15th, 2017  |  1 hr 43 mins
    constitutional law, international law, politics, supreme court

    On Puerto Rican sovereignty, with Chris Landau.

  • Episode 147: Busting Famine

    October 6th, 2017  |  1 hr 3 mins
    guns, judges, land use, private ordering

    Just Joe and Christian on all things.