Strict Scrutiny is a podcast about the United States Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it.
Hosted by three badass constitutional law professors-- Leah Litman, Kate Shaw, and Melissa Murray-- Strict Scrutiny provides in-depth, accessible, and irreverent analysis of the Supreme Court and its cases, culture, and personalities. Each week, Leah, Kate, and Melissa break down the latest headlines and biggest legal questions facing our country, emphasizing what it all means for our daily lives.
Whether you’re a lawyer or law student, or you’re just here for the messy legal drama, Strict Scrutiny has you covered. New episodes out every Monday… plus bonuses whenever SCOTUS takes away another one of our rights.
Lights, Camera, SCOTUS!
On September 22, Showtime and Paramount+ will release the first episode of Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court. And if you tune in, you might recognize a few faces and voices. Documentarian Dawn Porter joins Kate, Melissa, and Leah to talk about how the series came to be, and what she learned about the Supreme Court's evolution in the process.
KBJ's Rookie Year
Being a Supreme Court podcast means we spend much of the year in dystopia. So just this once, let's look at the silver lining that is Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Amir Ali, executive director of the MacArthur Justice Center, joins Melissa, Kate, and Leah to look back on Justice Jackson's first year on the Supreme Court.
After Affirmative Action
Juvaria Khan, founder of The Appellate Project, joins Melissa, Kate, and Leah to catch up on the fallout of the Supreme Court's affirmative action decision in June. Then, Melissa talks with Justice Goodwin Liu of Supreme Court of California and Mary Hoopes of Pepperdine's Caruso School of Law about their research on diversity in hiring clerks.
Can These Courts Be Reformed?
Melissa, Leah, and Kate invite two guests to zoom out and analyze how the current Supreme Court got to be the way that it is... and what progressives are doing to push back.
The Aesthetic Enjoyment of Other People’s Uteruses
Easha Anand of Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic joins Kate, Melissa, and Leah to lay out what SCOTUS has been up to in the world of criminal law. But first, Kate and Leah analyze the Fifth Circuit's opinion in the mifepristone case, and what it means for people seeking abortions across the country.
The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act
Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot, joins Leah and Kate to track the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the challenges against it over the decades, and the Supreme Court's dismantling of it since its 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder.
I just listened to the mail bag episode. Laughed at the reviews. I always feel better informed after listening. Have to say that as an Australian there is so much of the culture and law in the USA that makes no sense from here. But the worship of inaccurate history and how it gets reflected in interpretation of law is baffling. This podcast helps a bit. Keep it going folks. And always wear a hat and sunscreen when going outside. As well as moisturising. Um… crikey?
Thank you from Sydney, Australia enlightening me on your Supreme court, which has scandals whirling around, you deep knowledge, great wordsmiths and surprisingly entertaining
Love this show!
The US Supreme Court has taken a path that is continually challenging my sense of what is fair and just but more importantly the rights of people living in a democracy. These podcasts help me grasp at least some perspective that I am not the only one traumatized by their recent decisions and the future ones they are sure to make! I take you with me on my daily walks and you always make me smile and laugh at some point. This alone is worth the listen!
Please keep up this important dialogue - we need voices of reason in this crazy time - but more importantly it motivates me to walk so I can hear your next episode!!