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SCOTUStalk is a nonpartisan podcast about the Supreme Court for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, brought to you by SCOTUSblog. SCOTUStalk is hosted by Amy Howe and produced by Katie Barlow, Katie Bart, Kal Golde and James Romoser.
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SCOTUStalk is a nonpartisan podcast about the Supreme Court for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, brought to you by SCOTUSblog. SCOTUStalk is hosted by Amy Howe and produced by Katie Barlow, Katie Bart, Kal Golde and James Romoser.
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    The Biden bench

    The Biden bench

    President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court if a vacancy occurs. In the meantime, he hopes to fill the rest of the federal judiciary with as many nominees as he can (some of whom could soon become SCOTUS short-listers). Amy Howe speaks with The Washington Post’s Ann Marimow about judicial vacancies and what to expect in the coming months. Marimow recently co-authored an in-depth article on the topic.
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    Wintry mix at the Supreme Court

    Wintry mix at the Supreme Court

    Robert Barnes, the 15-year veteran Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post, joins Amy Howe to take stock of the court’s term so far and look at what’s ahead. The two recap the January argument session — including Justice Elena Kagan’s now-famous Taylor Swift reference — and they try to answer the question everyone has been asking: What will Justice Stephen Breyer do?
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    Who will be the next solicitor general?

    Who will be the next solicitor general?

    President-elect Joe Biden has not yet announced a nominee for solicitor general, the top lawyer who represents the government before the Supreme Court. SCOTUStalk host Amy Howe and SCOTUSblog’s media editor, Katie Barlow, discuss potential picks. The next solicitor general could be a Washington insider, or it could be someone unexpected -- like Elena Kagan, who had never argued a case before the Supreme Court when President Barack Obama chose her as solicitor general in 2009. The two also discuss who may be on the short list for a Supreme Court nomination if a justice were to retire in the coming year.
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    Looking back and looking ahead during a transitional term for the court

    Looking back and looking ahead during a transitional term for the court

    The Supreme Court changed dramatically last year, and more changes could be in store in 2021. SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein joins SCOTUStalk host Amy Howe to talk about what happened in 2020 and what’s next for the court. They discuss Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s early impact, the benefits and drawbacks of remote oral arguments, and how the court has handled President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. They also look ahead to what a Biden administration could do on day one to change the trajectory of some important upcoming cases, including disputes over border-wall funding and the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” immigration policy — both currently set for oral argument in the next two months.
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    A decade-long surge in amicus briefs

    A decade-long surge in amicus briefs

    Since 2011, there has been “an explosion” of amicus briefs at the Supreme Court, according to Arnold & Porter’s Anthony Franze and R. Reeves Anderson, who study the issue and recently wrote an article examining the decade-long trend. Franze and Anderson join SCOTUStalk host Amy Howe for a look at how amicus briefs have evolved. They examine what type of amicus brief is likely to influence the court, how the justices interact with the briefs and, most importantly, how to correctly pronounce “amicus.”
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    SCOTUS spotlight: Beth Brinkmann on cracking the glass ceiling

    SCOTUS spotlight: Beth Brinkmann on cracking the glass ceiling

    Beth Brinkmann, the co-chair of the appellate and Supreme Court litigation group at Covington & Burling, has argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court and is one of the most experienced advocates practicing today. In the latest episode in our “SCOTUS spotlight” series on oral advocacy, SCOTUStalk host Amy Howe sits down with Brinkmann to talk about what it takes to develop that level of expertise. Brinkmann recounts her first oral argument before the court while working in the solicitor general’s office -- and later, helping change that office’s hiring practices to allow more women to work there. She offers advice for lawyers appearing before the court and tells a memorable story about giving birth, winning a case and losing her mentor, Justice Harry Blackmun, all within 48 hours.
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Public Education

This is, This fabulous podcast is thorough and understandable. Great for Americans education and super interesting. Thank You!

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They Should Listen To It Before Publishing

The February 17 episode, which I suspect was recorded on the 16th, was basically only Amy talking because the guest was so garbled and staticky you couldn’t hear her. Really need to edit or at least listen to it before putting it out because that was a valuable topic that was wasted because the guest was unintelligible.

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Great Supreme Court Roundup

I don't get how this podcast doesn't have better reviews. It provides a brief but detailed roundup of recent news at the Supreme Court. There's not a ton of analysis or partisanship which people might see as a plus or minus but if you're looking to catch up and learn about some cases you might have missed this is a great podcast.

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