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Advisory Opinions is a new podcast from The Dispatch. Hosts David French and Sarah Isgur have a weekly conversation about the law, culture, and why it matters.

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Advisory Opinions is a new podcast from The Dispatch. Hosts David French and Sarah Isgur have a weekly conversation about the law, culture, and why it matters.

    Making Sense of the Depp v. Heard Trial

    Making Sense of the Depp v. Heard Trial

    At long last, David and Sarah address the biggest issue in America today--the state of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation trial. They also talk about Ted Cruz's Supreme Court win, ask whether the Fifth Circuit destroyed the Securities and Exchange Commission, discuss an interesting case against Alaska Airlines, and end with a bit of legal/political potpourri.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Conversation with Chief Judge Sutton

    A Conversation with Chief Judge Sutton

    It’s a special edition of Advisory Opinions as David and Sarah talk to Chief Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The discussion ranges far and wide but includes a focus on a subject we don’t talk enough about: state constitutional law.

    • 55 min
    Texas Social Media Law Goes to Court

    Texas Social Media Law Goes to Court

    David and Sarah spend serious time talking about social media censorship, modern "public squares," and the ability of Texas and Florida to moderate Twitter and Facebook. They also dive into the legality of picketing at home, answer listener questions, and start a conversation about abortion and philosophy that they'll finish live and in-person in Miami on Monday.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Dobbs Fallout with a First Amendment Twist

    Dobbs Fallout with a First Amendment Twist

    Sarah and David talk more about the leaked draft opinion in Dobbs, but this time with a First Amendment twist. Activists have encouraged protesters to demonstrate outside the homes of the conservative Supreme Court justices. Does it violate the First Amendment to ban protests outside a justice’s home? Is it dangerous and foolish even if it’s lawful? Also, they track the political fallout and discuss three very different polls. Each of them is interesting. One of them is an outlier.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Making Sense of the Supreme Court Leak Part II

    Making Sense of the Supreme Court Leak Part II

    David and Sarah spend more time on the leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito on Dobbs and ask the question: If Alito's opinion holds, what does that mean for gay marriage? They also discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment by refusing to fly a Christian group’s flag and then discuss "After School Satan" more than any podcast in human history. They finish with a discussion of a great concurrence in an infuriating case.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Making Sense of the Supreme Court Leak

    Making Sense of the Supreme Court Leak

    In an emergency podcast, David and Sarah discuss the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s abortion opinion. Why did someone leak it? What are the ramifications for the Supreme Court? What should we make of Alito's opinion? What are the political consequences? All that and more in an unprecedented emergency pod for an unprecedented Supreme Court leak.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

MHouston123 ,

Vladeck & Slaughterhouse

Favorite legal pod, thanks! I've been waiting for you guys to take on Slaughterhouse for years now. You dipped your toes in a little bit with Prof. Vladeck (great episode!), but you shied away from diving all the way in. Understandable. It's a huge topic and you didn't have time, but you can't avoid it forever. Would love to hear your discussion of why it is among the worst decisions ever issued, why J. Thomas’s McDonald concurrence is right on the money, why the Court had to invent the phony doctrines of substantive due process and incorporation just to give the 14th Amendment its full force and intended meaning, and why Americans have gotten their constitutional rights only piecemeal over the course of a century and a half (assuming you agree with all that). Can we not blame 81 years of segregation from Slaughterhouse to Brown on this egregious decision?

There's a stare decisis hook: why has this case, of all cases, survived? The Court has done so much extra work to breath life into the 14th Amendment and has overturned a lot of precendent while doing so, why not just overturn Slaughterhouse? The answer, of course, is what Sarah said. Everyone is scared to find out what P&I might really means in today’s political climate. Haven't we already opened up that can of worms with substantive due process anyway though? Might the P&I analysis end up looking similar to the fundamental rights analysis? What do you think P&I would actually end up looking like?

Ever since I argued McDonald v. Chicago in my law school Supreme Court Seminar (won on SDP/incorporation; lost on P&I), I’ve been waiting for someone to bang their spoon on their highchair about this. Don’t make me get Jonah. Shoutout Texas Tech Law ‘10 👆

xyha ,

One of my favorite pods

It’s funny that some of the reviews criticize Sarah and David for letting their conservative views show too much and others say that the hosts are too lenient towards liberals. Perhaps that’s a sign that Sarah and David are doing a good job of being balanced, analyzing issues based on legal merit and setting aside their person biases. I’m to the left of them on many topics but nevertheless I enjoy this podcast very much. The hosts have a wonderful chemistry and I think the commentary is insightful without being inflammatory or too one sided. It’s one of my favorite podcasts and even being a lawyer myself I have learned a lot and look forward to each episode. Keep it up!

J&SL ,

Sarah vanity project

Has become a Sarah vanity project

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