Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Song

NPR's Nina Totenberg spoke of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this time on a musical note, on Morning Edition on July 18. Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, an opera singer, has written (and sung) a series of songs about the Supreme Court justice’s life. Ginsburg's son produced the album, called Notorious RBG in Song. 7 min 19 sec, transcript available.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The "Ginsburg Rule" 

In the United States, Supreme Court justices are nominated by the president and must be approved by the Senate. NPR’s Nina Totenberg reports on the history of Supreme Court nominees’ hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and what kinds of questions have been asked and answered there.
5 min. transcript available.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The End of The U.S. Supreme Court 2017 Term

Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air, interviews Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times about the various ways the First Amendment has played a part in the cases decided this term and the effect of the resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy. 42 min., transcript available. Another long review (47 min., no transcript) of the 2017 term can be found on NPR’s On Point — « Kennedy Retiring, Gerrymandering, Travel Ban And More ». Dahlia Lithwick's podcast, Amicus, on Slate has another long look at end of the Court's term. 47 min., no transcript.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

UK Supreme Court on the Gig Economy

The UK Supreme Court recently handed down a decision in a case about employment law. Was Mr. Smith, a plumber sent by Pimlico Plumbers (24/7 service), an employee or was he a self-employed contractor? If he was an employee, he had rights to paid annual leave, etc. You can hear an explanation of the decision of the court here (5 min 24 sec, no transcript). The press summary of the decision can be found here. You can see a report on Channel 4 News, with an interview with the Pimlico Plumbers chief executive and an economist, here (11 min., no transcript).

Monday, June 11, 2018

California Judge is Removed by Voters

One of the curious features of United States state court judges is that in many states they are elected, or appointed and then have to stand for election after a period of time. A judge in California was just removed (or "recalled") because of indignation over a sentence he handed down that was perceived as being too lenient. NPR's Scott Simon interviews a public defender who is worried that this will lead to judges being influenced by what the public will think when sentencing offenders. Mistakes can be made because the public's information might not be accurate. 4 min 25 sec, transcript available.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Law in Action Is Back

Joshua Rosenberg's Law in Action on BBC Radio 4 is back for a new series. The first programme begins by talking about the role of women in the legal profession, then talks about no-fault divorce. 26 min, no transcript.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Warrant to Search President Trump's Lawyer's Home and Office

NPR's Morning Edition has an interview with a former federal prosecutor about the significance of the issuance of the warrant to search President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen's home and office. 3 min 53 sec, transcript available.
More about the attorney-client privilege can be found here. 3 min 38 sec, transcript available.