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A podcast hosted by SCOTUSblog contributors, SCOTUStalk takes a “plain English” look at events and topics relating to the Supreme Court.
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A podcast hosted by SCOTUSblog contributors, SCOTUStalk takes a “plain English” look at events and topics relating to the Supreme Court.
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    SCOTUStalk heads to the ballot box: The Supreme Court and the 2020 election

    SCOTUStalk heads to the ballot box: The Supreme Court and the 2020 election

    Ever since Bush v. Gore, the case that effectively decided the 2000 presidential race, the Supreme Court increasingly has been asked to intervene in fraught disputes over election procedures. Add in a pandemic, and the 2020 election season promises to be unprecedented. This week on SCOTUStalk, SCOTUSblog’s social media editor, Katie Barlow, joins Amy Howe to break down the court’s influence on the election. They survey major election-related rulings the justices have already handed down this summer and preview what role the court might play in the run-up to Election Day – and, potentially, the weeks afterward. Katie and Amy also discuss the launch of an exciting new project between SCOTUSblog and Election Law at Ohio State: the 2020 Election Litigation Tracker.
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    SCOTUS spotlight: Deanne Maynard on ‘split-second decisions’ as an oral advocate

    SCOTUS spotlight: Deanne Maynard on ‘split-second decisions’ as an oral advocate

    Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s appellate and Supreme Court practice, has argued 14 cases before the Supreme Court since her first oral argument in 2004. On this week’s episode of SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe interviews Maynard on how she prepares to argue before the justices, how she pivots away from hostile questions, and why hypotheticals can be the toughest questions of all. Howe also takes Maynard back to her first oral argument — accompanied by live audio — and what went through her mind when Justice John Paul Stevens asked Maynard a question before she even made it up to the lectern.
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    SCOTUS spotlight: Tom Goldstein on 'hitting singles' as an oral advocate

    SCOTUS spotlight: Tom Goldstein on 'hitting singles' as an oral advocate

    Tom Goldstein, the publisher of SCOTUSblog and partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C., has argued more than 40 cases before the Supreme Court since his first oral argument in 1999. On this week’s episode of SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe interviews Goldstein on what it’s like to advocate before the nine and how that experience has changed over the past 20 years. Goldstein offers a few tips for success along with audio-accompanied stories about taking heavy fire from a hot bench, joking with Chief Justice William Rehnquist and joining a case at the last minute.
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    Obamacare back at the court: ACA Challenge This Fall with Julie Rovner on SCOTUStalk

    Obamacare back at the court: ACA Challenge This Fall with Julie Rovner on SCOTUStalk

    The Affordable Care Act will come before the Supreme Court this fall for the seventh time in eight years. Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News and veteran health policy reporter, joins Amy Howe in the latest episode of SCOTUStalk to break down the case, California v. Texas. They talk about the history of ACA challenges and why this time is different. Amy and Julie also pick apart some potential clues from this past term about a key issue in the case: the severability doctrine.
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    SCOTUStalk’s end-of-term review with Lyle Denniston

    SCOTUStalk’s end-of-term review with Lyle Denniston

    The Supreme Court’s 2019-20 term was one for the records books. The court offered live audio of oral arguments in May for the first time in history, and it released opinions well into July for the first time in more than two decades. Who better to delve into the good, the bad and the ugly of the term than 60-year Supreme Court reporting veteran Lyle Denniston? In the latest episode of SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe and Lyle discuss the court’s new dynamic ideological center, Justice Clarence Thomas as one of the court’s most interesting members, and whether Chief Justice John Roberts actually drifted to the left as some have suggested.
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    SCOTUSblog co-founders discuss use of live audio in May oral arguments

    SCOTUSblog co-founders discuss use of live audio in May oral arguments

    When the Supreme Court building closed due to the coronavirus, some of the remaining arguments for the term were rescheduled for a special May session via telephone. For the first time, live audio of oral arguments was made available to the public. SCOTUSblog's co-founders, Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe, talk about the toilet flush heard around the world, the unusually active participation of Justice Clarence Thomas and whether the court should adopt any of the changes made for this session when it returns to the physical bench.
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