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Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

Passing Judgment Jessica Levinson

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 172 Ratings

Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

    The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. States are free to ban abortions.

    The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. States are free to ban abortions.

    The Supreme Court issued a legal and political earthquake today: abortion is no longer a constitutionally protected right, and this means states have a clear pathway to completely ban abortion. Jessica and Joe break down the opinion, talking through exactly how the Court made this decision which overturns half a century of legal precedent, as well as what comes next both legally and politically. 

    • 26 min
    Democracy on the Brink. Why the 1/6 Select Committee Hearing Matters

    Democracy on the Brink. Why the 1/6 Select Committee Hearing Matters

    Hearings of the House Select Committee on the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol took place this week. Jessica gets us started with an overview the evidence presented, the former president’s brazen disregard of the Constitution, the intended audience(s) for the hearings, and just how close America came to becoming a failed democracy.

    • 13 min
    Will Congress address gun control, disinformation, or reproductive rights? (Guest - Rep. Brad Sherman)

    Will Congress address gun control, disinformation, or reproductive rights? (Guest - Rep. Brad Sherman)

    Congressman Brad Sherman has been serving California in congress since 1997, in three different congressional districts - long enough to have endured many changes in how our government governs. Sherman joins Jessica to whether Congress will address some of the most pressing problems facing our society, including gun control, reproductive rights, and disinformation.

    • 25 min
    How will the Supreme Court rule on the big cases this term? (Abortion? Gun control? Religious rights?)

    How will the Supreme Court rule on the big cases this term? (Abortion? Gun control? Religious rights?)

    There are about half a dozen big cases left in the current Supreme Court term that began last October. The 6-3 conservative majority on the Court has an opportunity to make an enormous impact on our country over the next month as decisions will be issued regarding not just Roe v. Wade and the fate of federally protected abortion rights, but also gun rights, religious rights, and the limits of executive authority. And as per usual, the implications for these new decisions affecting other rights looms large. In today's episode Jessica gives a short preview of what to expect.

    • 10 min
    Does the Constitution bar someone who supports an insurrection from being a member of Congress?

    Does the Constitution bar someone who supports an insurrection from being a member of Congress?

    This week a Court of Appeals held that someone who engages in or supports an insurrection is barred from holding certain public offices. The case involved a challenge surrounding Rep. Madison Cawthorn's candidacy.

    Cawthorn last week lost his primary election and will not appear on the ballot for reelection in November, but the precedent - based on a section of the 14th Amendment - has far-reaching implications for other lawmakers who may have participated in the "Stop the Steal" riot. In this episode of PJP, Jessica explains why this crucial clarification goes far beyond the soon-to-be former Congressman Cawthorn.

    For more, read Jessica's piece here.

    • 9 min
    What is next for the January 6th Committee?

    What is next for the January 6th Committee?

    Sarah D. Wire covers the Justice Department and national security for the Los Angeles Times with a focus on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and domestic extremism.

    She stops by Passing Judgment to update us on the Committee's work.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

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A Favorite

Jessica is my favorite wordle-doing law professor (small category). She conducts insightful interviews and always leaves me with things to think about.

curious professor ,

Brilliant, thoughtful, concise, and timely

I never miss an episode!

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Great show for learning about constitutional law

This is one of my favorite podcasts. Levinson provides clear insight to cases based on the law, not partisan politics.

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