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 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.

  • Episode 146: Somehow in the Middle

    September 24th, 2017  |  1 hr 26 mins
    common law, constitutional law, interpretation, judges, jurisprudence, philosophy, supreme court, theory

    On Justice Souter's legal reasoning, with Charles Barzun.

  • Episode 145: The Skeleton

    September 8th, 2017  |  1 hr 27 mins
    empirical, ip, judges, patent, supreme court, technology

    On citation networks and other things.

  • Episode 144: Path of Totality

    August 4th, 2017  |  2 hrs 6 mins
    eclipse, movies, music, nonsense, podcasts, politics

    Just us in a weird episode about nothing in particular.

  • Episode 143: The Gak

    August 1st, 2017  |  1 hr 36 mins

    Into the mailbag.

  • Episode 142: Normativity

    July 23rd, 2017  |  1 hr 19 mins
    animals, jurisprudence, morality, philosophy, speed traps, theory

    On the nature of law and its reasons, with Jeffrey Kaplan.

  • Episode 141: The Picard Meltdown Principle

    July 9th, 2017  |  1 hr 20 mins
    constitutional law, federal courts, federalism, interpretation, supreme court

    On anti-novelty arguments in constitutional law, with Leah Litman.

  • Episode 140: Decider

    July 2nd, 2017  |  1 hr 14 mins
    administrative law, constitutional law, politics, presidents, professionalism, trump

    On presidential legal decisionmaking, with Daphna Renan.

  • Episode 139: It’s All the Stacey Show

    June 25th, 2017  |  1 hr 2 mins
    education, ip, legal practice, literature, trademark

    On trademark, IP characters, and clinics, with Stacey Dogan.

  • Episode 138: Crackdowns

    June 14th, 2017  |  1 hr 7 mins
    criminal law, equal protection, federal courts, interpretation, judges, police, regulation, speed traps

    On crackdowns, with Mila Sohoni.