The Law Is My Ass (apologies to Charles Dickens), AKA "Law My Ass," provides smart, humorous, commentary on current legal news and issues - from new Supreme Court decisions, to pending legislation, to the reach of the First Amendment -- presented by a unique and uniquely qualified combination of attorneys and humorists.
Supreme Court Roundup with Sachin Chheda and Jamie Lee Williams
In this the final episode of the podcast with the current name (we mean it this time!) we round up the huge volume of significant Supreme Court decisions published in the last month -- and apologies in advance for the technical issues (the mics were a little hot - ooops) - we think it's still listenable. The topics we hit include (but are not limited to) the following:
Will the Packers be better this year (Hint: of course) Who is Wisconsin's favorite Chheda? (Hint: the one named Sachin) Do Gorsuch and Thomas ALWAYS agree? (Hint: apparently not!) Was Kennedy a progressive jurist? (Hint: not even close) Who is the new swing vote on the Supreme Court (Hint: his name rhymes with "Ron Joberts") Which justice created the best read of the term? (Hint: her name rhymes with "Tonya Totomayor") What's Sid been up to? (Hint: it involves a bar that sells no booze) Is baking a cake "speech"? (Hint: the verdict is still out) What's the more important right - to speak to to be quiet? (Hint: shhhhh!) All that and more on the final ever episode of The Law Is My Ass, soon to become The Keep It Legal! Podcast. Apologies again for the audio, and Happy Independence Day everybody!
Lena Zwarensteyn Talks Judicial Appointments
It's Episode 48 - our last Law My Ass episode of 2018, and IT'S ALSO THE LAST EPISODE EVER! AAAAAAAHHHH! But don't fear - we'll be back next year with a new and improved and rebranded legal podcast that will be basically indistinguishable from The Law Is My Ass, except that it will be called Keep It Legal! instead. For the Law My Ass series finale, Sid Skyped in from London, our guest Lena Zwarensteyn Skyped in from Washington DC, and along the way we answered a few questions, including:
What was the Supreme Court up to this week? (Hint: not much) What was Judge Kozinski up to this week? (Hint: too much) Is the long-fought Fitbit-Jawbone war finally reaching an armistice? (Hint: signs point to yes) Is Betsy DeVos's Department of Education doing anything at all? (Hint: signs point to no) Can you get counterfeit Mercedes Benz hubcaps from Amazon? (Hint: Mercedes says you can and it is NOT happy about it!) Is Brett Tally going to be a judge? (Hint: it's not looking good for him) Is the DOJ hunting witches? (Hint: Rod Rosenstein denies it) Does Trump's DOJ believe that climate change might be catastrophic? (Hint: it doesn't matter, because it thinks that there's no right to a habitable environment) Open Internet, AKA "net neutrality" - are we all doomed? (Hint: not yet!) All that and more on our final episode of all time ever until we come back and do more of it next year under a different name. It's been an exciting and educational year of podcasting - we want sincerely to thank all of our listeners for joining us on this journey, listening, giving feedback, sending questions, and most of all just for caring about the laws that affect us all; you folks are the best. Thank you! And until next year, Keep It Legal!™
Immigration attorney Shawn Matloob returns to talk about the developments in the DACA litigation and the Travel Ban 3.0 litigation
On this the 47th - and penultimate - episode of The Law Is My Ass (soon to be rebranded as the Keep it Legal!™ Podcast) - we go Sid-less (he hasn't left the podcast - he's just in England doing shows), and Joe welcomes back immigration attorney Shawn Matloob to talk about the developments in the DACA litigation and the Travel Ban 3.0 litigation, and there were a LOT! Along the way, we touch upon:
Can a lawyer be disbarred for disregarding a Supreme Court disbarment order? (Hint: all signs point to yes) What did William Morris Agency agent Adam Venit do to Terry Crews? (Hint: it wasn't nice and he is being sued) Is the President definitionally insulated from a charge of obstruction of justice? (Hint: nobody really thinks so) Did Katy Perry win her real estate lawsuit in LA? (Hint: like a firework!) Will sports gambling soon be legal in New Jersey (Hint: it looks promising for New Jersey) Is baking a cake "speech" protected by the First Amendment? (Hint: it looks like at least 4 SCOTUS Justices think so) Is the Supreme Court getting unusually involved in the pending immigration litigation? (Hint: yes) Are there sexist judges on the Fourth Circuit? (Hint: Shawn and Joe are both wondering about that) Are the President's tweets official proclamations of the administration? (Hint: 100%!) All that and more - so check it out, and keep it legal!™
Jaime Lee Williams of the EFF talks about the Carpenter argument at the Supreme Court
In this the 46th episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe cover all the usual topics, including but not limited to
Is the podcast changing its name? (Hint: YES! In 2018) Does Joe steal all of Sid's lines? (Hint: Apparently) Is Michael Flynn going to bring down the Trump administration? (Hint: it's too soon to say) Can Trump stop himself from Tweeting? (Hint: what do you think?) Should Jose Zarate have been convicted of murder (Hint: no) Are brown people dangerous (Hint: most, we assume, are good people -- much like people of all other colors) Does the Bureau of Land Management take good care of its guns? (Hint: apparently not at all) Does Neal Katyal sometimes represent bad guys? (Hint: yup!) Does the Supreme Court's hearing room have good natural light? (Hint: Jaime says "absolutely!") Is the Supreme Court going to protect your cell cite location data? (Hint: we all guess yes) What percentage of internet bots are good? (Hint: exactly 26%) Can Jaime drop an F-bomb? (Hint: yes) All that and a great listener question! So check out Episode 46 now while you can, before we rebrand the entire operation. And keep it legal!
Lena Zwarensteyn Discusses Trump Judicial Appointments
In today's 45th episode of The Law Is My Ass, Sid and Joe wind through the regular features of the podcast, along with a great interview of Lena Zwarensteyn of the American Constitution Society, and along the way try to answer, inter alia, the following:
Has Joe finally figured out how to use the compressor in GarageBand? (Hint: signs point to yes) Has the Trump administration lost any cases in the Ninth Circuit this week? (Hint: check out the new DACA litigation update segment! But yes) Are the President's tweets official government records? (Hint: the DOJ says "yes") What's up at the Supreme Court (Hint: the three women justices are trying to prevent unfair executions) Are the Badgers undefeated? (Hint: we didn't talk about that, but the answer is "YES! And they'd better be included in the playoffs if they stay that way!) Can you bare your breasts as a political protest? (Hint: one would assume so, but apparently not in Chicago) What about the elephants? (Hint: according the the administration's official regulatory publication - Twitter - the elephants got a temporary reprieve) Are New Balance shoes made in the US? (Hint: New Balance says it doesn't matter) Are blue slips dead? (Hint: for district court judges, apparently yes) Is Trump trying to stack the courts? (Hint: duh) Is the ABA's rating committee biased? (Hint: only one person thinks so) Should Al Franken resign? (Hint: reasonable minds may differ) All that and three great listener questions - give it all a good listen, and keep it legal!
Sid and Joe talk legal news of the moment
This week Sid and Joe go guest-free to bring you all the latest in the Travel Ban update, Supreme Court Roundup, Random Legal News, a Listener Question - and the podcast's newest feature: "Objection!" Along the way, they answer the following:
Does the podcast now have one episode for every president of the United States (Hint: depends whether you count Trump) What's up with the Travel Ban 3.0 appeals (Hint: oral arguments in a month) What's the Supreme Court been up to (Hint: Three opinions, two oral arguments, and an upcoming case featuring podcast guest Jamie Lee Williams!) What's a bed bug bite worth? (Hint: around $50,000) Is Cal. Rule of Prof. Conduct 5-110(d) > Brady? (Hint: yes!) How can you revive the long-expired statutes of limitations on your sexual misconduct? (Hint: call someone a liar) Can you be prosecuted for laughing at Jeff Sessions? (Hint: can - yes; will - no) Is "opioid overdose" hard to say quickly? (Hint: seems to be) Should federal district judge nominees have some litigation experience? (Hint: we would hope so - but apparently not) What's up with Colin Kaepernick's NFL "collusion" grievance? (Hint: listen and find out!) All that and more - so turn on, tune in, and keep it legal!
If I don’t say so myself, there’s just no better contemporary legal issues podcast out there.
Insightful and enjoyable. I recommend.