Strict Scrutiny

Strict Scrutiny

Strict Scrutiny

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Strict Scrutiny is a podcast about the United States Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it. Hosted by three badass constitutional law professors-- Leah Litman, Kate Shaw, and Melissa Murray-- Strict Scrutiny provides in-depth, accessible, and irreverent analysis of the Supreme Court and its cases, culture, and personalities. Each week, Leah, Kate, and Melissa break down the latest headlines and biggest legal questions facing our country, emphasizing what it all means for our daily lives. Whether you’re a lawyer or law student, or you’re just here for the messy legal drama, Strict Scrutiny has you covered. New episodes out every Monday… plus bonuses whenever SCOTUS takes away another one of our rights.
  1. February 06, 2023
    53 min
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    The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage
    Melissa and Kate talk with Sasha Issenberg, journalist and political science professor at UCLA, about his book The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage.
  2. January 30, 2023
    59 min
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    Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America
    Melissa talks to Dahlia Lithwick about her best-selling book Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America.
  3. January 23, 2023
    1 hr 16 min
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    Cosplaying an Investigation
    Live from the University of Pennsylvania, Kate and Leah recap oral arguments in cases the Supreme Court heard last week, and weigh in on the report the Supreme Court issued on their investigation into the Dobbs…
  4. January 16, 2023
    1 hr 11 min
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    Busting Unions and Dodging Opinions
    Kate, Melissa, and Leah recap the Supreme Court's the first oral arguments of 2023, which includes cases about union labor laws, attorney-client privilege, and Puerto Rico's sovereign immunity. Plus-- why hasn'…
  5. January 09, 2023
    1 hr 8 min
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    The Long Game to Weaken Workers' Rights
    Melissa, Kate, and Leah reconvene to preview the cases the Supreme Court will hear in its January sitting. Manny Pastreich, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 32BJ, joins us to…
  6. December 26, 2022
    1 hr 8 min
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    Civil Rights Queen
    Melissa and Kate interview Tomiko Brown-Nagin about her book Civil Rights Queen.
  7. December 19, 2022
    1 hr 30 min
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    All I Want For Christmas Is Democracy
    Before we can really get into the holiday spirit, we have to deal with the lump of coal the Supreme Court heard on December 7th: Moore v. Harper. The case is about a fringe legal theory that says that when it c…
  8. December 12, 2022
    1 hr 19 min
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    How the 303 Creative case threatens to roll back the 21st century
    The Supreme Court recently heard 2.5 hours of oral arguments in 303 Creative v. Elenis-- the case about a Colorado website designer who doesn't want to create wedding websites for gay couples. The arguments wer…
  9. December 05, 2022
    1 hr 26 min
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    Making Fraud Great Again
    Melissa and Kate recap oral arguments in a couple of cases that could limit the reach of federal fraud statutes, plus an immigration case out of Texas. And of course, there's the latest story out of the New Yor…
  10. November 28, 2022
    1 hr 18 min
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    Turning Fan Fiction Into Reality
    Melissa, Kate, and Leah preview the cases that the Supreme Court will hear in December-- from election law shenanigans, to discrimination as protected speech, to making fraud great again.
  11. November 21, 2022
    52 min
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    Justice Samuel A-leak-o?
    On Saturday, the New York Times published a piece about a former anti-abortion leader's claim that he was told the outcome of a 2014 Supreme Court case before it was public. The story offers a glimpse at a year…
  12. November 14, 2022
    1 hr 36 min
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    The Uncertain Future of the Indian Child Welfare Act
    Rebecca Nagle, host of Crooked Media's This Land, joins Melissa, Leah, and Kate to recap the arguments in Haaland v. Brackeen. The case revolves around the Indian Child Welfare Act, which lays out a set of pref…
  13. November 07, 2022
    1 hr 34 min
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    Affirmative Action Reaction
    Leah, Kate, and Melissa recap the many, many hours of oral arguments in the affirmative action cases SCOTUS heard last week.
  14. October 30, 2022
    1 hr 16 min
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    Open Season on Precedents
    On Halloween, the Supreme Court will hear pair of cases challenging affirmative action in university admissions. Spooky! Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, joins Melis…
  15. October 24, 2022
    57 min
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    Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers
    Kate talks with Deborah Tuerkheimer about her recent book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers.
  16. October 17, 2022
    1 hr 13 min
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    Pigs, Prince, and Proven Innocence
    Kate, Melissa, and Leah recap some of the cases argued at the Supreme Court last week: Reed v. Goertz, National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts v. Goldsmith.
  17. October 10, 2022
    1 hr 9 min
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    Limiting the Inevitable Damage
    Melissa, Kate, and Leah welcome Sam Sankar of Earthjustice and Deuel Ross of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to recap the arguments the Supreme Court heard this week in two big cases. Sackett v. EPA is…
  18. October 03, 2022
    1 hr 7 min
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    How SCOTUS Distorts Democracy
    It feels like we're still processing the end of last term, but alas, the first Monday in October is upon us. Kate, Melissa, and Leah kick off season 4 of Strict Scrutiny with a look ahead at what's sure to be a…
  19. September 26, 2022
    1 hr 10 min
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    Judicial Joyriding
    For the University of Michigan's Homecoming weekend, we held a special live recording for our season finale. Michelle Adams joins Kate and Leah to wrap up the justices' summer shenanigans and provide a look for…
  20. September 19, 2022
    52 min
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    Unprincipled and Inconsistent Voting Rights Shenanigans
    Leah talks with Wilfred Codrington III about his article, "Purcell in Pandemic," which appeared in the NYU Law Review. The Purcell Principle comes from a 2006 Supreme Court case about what makes an appropriate…

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