Monday, October 16, 2017

Bank Robber to Law Professor

CBS’s program 60 Minutes has a story about a convicted bank robber who has become a professor at Georgetown law school. 14 min, transcript available.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Ceremony in the UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court on October 2 held a swearing-in ceremony for the new President (Lady Brenda Hale), Deputy President (Lord Jonathan Mance) and three new justices, including the second woman to serve on this court. Lots of fancy judicial robes, no wigs. 30 min, no transcript.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

NPR’s Nina Totenberg reports on All Things Considered about a case (Gill v. Whitford) argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week that is considered to be one of the most important of the year — about how to draw congressional district lines. When the lines are drawn to favor one political party, we speak of gerrymandering. The Court must decide if the way the State of Wisconsin drew the lines recently was so partisan that it was unconstitutional. 5 min, 8 sec, transcript available.
You can hear the oral arguments here. 58 min, transcript available under the recording.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Law Report in Winter

While the northern hemisphere was on holiday recently, in the southern hemisphere Australia was going full steam. Some interesting stories from the Australian program The Law Report include :

About 30 min, transcripts available.
New Law Podcasts

Just discovered -- two relatively new podcasts, one from the UK and the other the US.

  • Law Pod UK -- So far 10 episodes, the most recent being an examination of artificial intelligence and the law. 13 min, no transcript. Sound quality sometimes less that optimum.
  • Pro Say -- a weekly podcast,  Each podcast examines several different topics. For instance, the September 4 podcast has a 15 minute interview with a federal district judge about Judge Richard Posner’s new book, followed by a 5 minute story about a class action against the Subway sandwich chain for selling « footlong » sandwiches that are only 11 inches long. About 30 min, no transcript.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Which Court?

A very well-done animated video which explains jurisdiction (which court — state or federal?) in the U.S. can be found here. 5 min 25 sec

Friday, September 01, 2017

Civics 101

New Hampshire Public Radio began a podcast last January called Civics 101 - a refresher course on some of the basics of American democracy. You can find the list of topics (52 so far) here. Episodes include U.S. voting systems, federal grand juriespresidential pardonschurch and statehow a bill becomes a law, gerrymandering About 12 min, no transcripts.
The site also has something called « extra credit » with supplementary information about the topics in the podcasts and even quizzes about the topics covered.