OT2017 #17: "Elephants Rarely Hide in Pajamas"

While the Supreme Court takes a breather between sittings, we delve into the grants, orders, and opinions they've been churning out over the past few weeks. Good news-- at least some of them are interesting! We'll talk about everything from original jurisdiction, to the death penalty, to a detained immigrant's rights, with a lot more in between. Plus, we turn to Danielle D'Onfro for her expertise in one bankruptcy case-- and another case merely pretending to be a bankruptcy case.

We'll close out with a few hotline calls, including one that will speak to your inner poet.


In Recess #3: "Third Class Webelo"

While Ian is off on a boat somewhere, or maybe in the wilderness of Croatia (we're not super sure), Dan and Leah get up to speed on a surprisingly busy summer week at the Supreme Court. In additions to some briefs showing up, one case got the DIG treatment. And it's a bankruptcy case, so we bring in resident bankruptcy expert Danielle D'Onfro to make it understandable for the rest of us. Then, we have an interview with the great John Elwood, partner in Vinson & Elkins' Appellate practice group, and creator of SCOTUSblog's Relist Watch

OT2016 #8: "Don't Think It's Going To Be 9-0"

The Slants have released a new song, the Supreme Court has released opinions, and Justice Breyer has got an idea for an innovative gold heist. This week, we welcome back Danielle D'Onfro (of Washington University) to discuss the bankruptcy arguments in Jevic. But before we do, we break down the Court's opinions in Salman, RigsbySamsung, and Shaw, as well as Justice Breyer's dissent from the denial of certiorari in Sireci, a death penalty case from Florida. We also take a look at the arguments in Bethune-Hill and McCrory, the election-law cases, with a close study of just what makes Paul Clement such an effective advocate.

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OT2016 #7: "Do We Even Really Know the Name?"

The holiday season is in full swing—with the first opinion announcement of the year. This week on First Mondays, we recap the Court's decision in Bravo-Fernandez and the slew of new grants out of the most recent conference. We also have Danielle D'Onfro, Lecturer in Law at Washington University, to discuss Jevic, a major bankruptcy case that the Court will hear this week. But before we do, we've got a special dispatch from the Beckles oral argument from Professor Leah Litman, some very special fan mail from the Court-appointed amicus in Beckles, and a look at ways the Court might get to five in Jennings, about the indefinite detention of immigrants. We also preview the arguments this week in the Court's Virginia and North Carolina election cases, argued by former General Counsel of the Hillary for America team, Marc Elias.

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