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Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Constitution, offers weekly in-depth discussions on the most urgent and fascinating constitutional issues of our day. He is joined by host Andy Lipka and guests drawn from other top experts including Bob Woodward, Lawrence Lessig, Neal Katyal, Michael Gerhardt, and many more.

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Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Constitution, offers weekly in-depth discussions on the most urgent and fascinating constitutional issues of our day. He is joined by host Andy Lipka and guests drawn from other top experts including Bob Woodward, Lawrence Lessig, Neal Katyal, Michael Gerhardt, and many more.

    Lear Jets, Books, and Virtue

    Lear Jets, Books, and Virtue

    The Court is taking its time on major opinion, which gives us a moment to turn to other matters.  Ethics remain in the news; the Court’s annual financial disclosures contain a number of surprises - maybe not so surprising.  There’s a lot to say there, and we have some proposals to improve the situation.  President Biden takes a position on a pardon, and we take a position on that.  Our listeners continue to provide great input on an ongoing conversation, and we take it seriously.   CLE is available after listening from podcast.njsba.com.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Jury Speaks

    The Jury Speaks

    The verdict is in: guilty x 34.  A jury of Trump’s peers had its say, but the ex-president couldn’t leave it at that, of course.  On the legitimate side, the appeals are expected to begin soon.  On the Trump bombastic side, he blasted every institution in the legal system for having the audacity to do their duty.  Particularly in the case of the ordinary citizens of the jury, this bears examination, and so we do.  We also preview some of the likely appellate issues, lay out the expected path through the courts, and take some interesting listener’s questions.  CLE is available after listening at podcast.njsba.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Big Mouth on Campus

    Big Mouth on Campus

    The nation has been riled by campus unrest surrounding events in the Middle East.  Terms like “freedom of speech,” “academic freedom,” “right to protest,” “conduct vs. speech,” and issues of hate speech, offensive speech, safety, and more have arisen.  We start our look at this situation where we always begin: with the Constitution.  This episode aims to lay out the history, background, constitutional provisions, interpretations, cases, and overall approach to these matters, so we can then look at what is actually happening and be in a position to offer opinions and possible prescriptions. CLE credit is available after listening by visiting podcast.njsba.com.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Flags of Our Spouses

    Flags of Our Spouses

    More than three years after the January 6, 2021 disastrous events, we remarkably are just now first learning of a complex series of events with profound ethical implications for Justice Alito.  Like his fellow justice, Clarence Thomas, Justice Alito’s wife’s actions, possibly political in nature, have placed the Justice in a position where his own actions are being widely questioned.  We take it one step at a time and offer our analysis, even if we don’t entirely agree with each other on this one.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Trials, Pardons, and Elephants

    Trials, Pardons, and Elephants

    Donald Trump’s New York trial - where a conviction would be federal pardon-proof - has proceeded apace. we are pleased to bring a report to you from the trial itself, introducing you to one of Professor Amar’s star students in the process. Are there constitutional issues stemming from the trial?  You bet, and we address some of them. Meanwhile, a number of listeners have asked similar questions recently, so we take that family of questions on, and sure enough, there’s a lot to discuss there as well.  CLE credit is available from pdcast.njsba.com after listening.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Immunity versus The Rule of Law

    Immunity versus The Rule of Law

    This week we continue with clips from the oral argument in the immunity case (Trump v. United States).  Most of this week’s clips come from attorney Dreeben (representing the Special Counsel, and therefore the people of the United States), and some of the Justices have at him, sometimes in way Professor Amar finds wrong-headed or worse.  Our own argument is brought to bear upon these controversies, and a consistent way of addressing these questions emerges.  Clarity on the argument emerges.  CLE credit is available from podcast.njsba.com.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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