It’s the Statehouses. Stupid. So says David Pepper, the author of Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines. State legislatures, often ignored, play a significant role in deciding our rights, including the right to vote. Join SideBar co-hosts law school deans Jackie Gardina and Mitch Winick as they discuss current challenges to the American political system and Constitutional rights with author, lawyer, and politician David Pepper as the podcast’s inaugural guest.
Is “vigilante federalism” the new weapon in battles over abortion, religion sexuality, gender, and race? David Noll, co-author of Vigilante Federalism, lawyer, columnist, and Rutgers law professor joins SideBar co-hosts law school deans Jackie Gardina and Mitch Winick as they discuss whether the spread of private subordination laws thwart the democratic system, erase longstanding constitutional rights, and reflect an alarming move toward national vs. state regulatory power.
Do states need to take steps to protect against the criminalization of women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare? California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks discusses California’s legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Dobb’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade as well as the power of state legislatures to counter legislative overreach. Wicks is a respected political strategist who previously served as Deputy Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas. Judge Margaret McKeown discusses her new book on U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice from 1939 to 1975. Justice Douglas is often remembered for his four wives, as a potential vice-presidential nominee, and as a target of impeachment proceedings. However, his most enduring legacy is perhaps his advocacy for the environment.
Is the American judicial system losing the public’s respect and trust? Indiana University Law Professor Charles Geyh, author of Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary and Who Is to Judge? The Perennial Debate Over Whether to Elect or Appoint America’s Judges joins SideBar co-hosts law school deans Jackie Gardina and Mitch Winick to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the American judicial system. Professor Geyh shares his expertise as a national and international expert in judicial ethics, selection, and impeachment.
Does the Constitution allow religious schools to disregard state educational standards? USC Law Professor Nomi Stolzenberg, author of He Drew a Circle that Shut Me Out: Assimilation, Indoctrination, and the Paradox of a Liberal Education, joins SideBar co-hosts law school deans Jackie Gardina and Mitch Winick to discuss whether mandatory state education curriculum, library standards, and requirements for cultural and social tolerance can be waived by religious schools as Constitutional violations of religious freedom.
What is the High Road? Are we willing to pursue a more equitable, sustainable, and democratic society? University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Professor Joel Rogers challenges government, community members, and businesses to work together on innovations that lift up workers, use natural resources and human capital more efficiently, and foster equity, justice, and democracy for all people. His books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society: How It Really Works.
Dean Peniel Joseph
Peniel E. Joseph is a scholar, teacher, and public voice on issues related to race, citizenship, and democracy. He is the author of The Third Reconstruction - America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century. His university appointments at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas include Inaugural Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, and the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values.
Professor Orly Lobel
Professor Orly Lobel is the Director of the Center for Employment and Labor Law, and founding member of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Markets at the University of San Diego. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lobel’s interdisciplinary research is published widely in the top law, economics, and psychology journals. Author of The Equality Machine: Harnessing Tomorrow’s Technologies for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future, Lobel has lectured at Yale, Harvard, University of California San Diego, University of San Diego and Tel Aviv University.
Author Dahlia Lithwick
Dahlia Lithwick is a regular contributor
at MSNBC and senior editor at Slate. She has been writing the "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Lithwick's work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary. She is host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. A graduate of Stanford University Law School, her most recent publication is Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America.
Prof. Morgan Hazelton and
Prof. Rachael K. Hinkle
Hazelton and Hinkle are authors of Persuading the Supreme Court: The Significance of Briefs in Judicial Decision-Making. Both professors have J.D. and Ph.D. degrees and combine a unique academic expertise in judicial politics, judicial process, and analytical methods. Their recent book draws on more than 25,000 party and amicus briefs filed between 1984 and 2015 and interviews with former Supreme Court clerks and attorneys to shed light on the use of amicus briefs, one of the more mysterious and consequential features of Supreme Court cases.
Prof. Thaddeus Johnson
Thaddeus Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. An expert in policing, crime control, and governance equity, he has conducted extensive research on police lethality and coercion, street violence, recidivism, algorithmic and predictive bias, and correctional control. Johnson is the co-author of the recently published national study: Justice System Disparities: Black-White National Imprisonment Trends 2000 to 2020 .
CEO Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark is an attorney, entrepreneur, and co-founder and CEO of Trellis.Law, a scalable legal analytics platform that she believes helps democratize access for state trial court data. A graduate of Rutgers Law School , Clark has practiced as a litigation attorney specializing in business litigation and labor and employment matters. Clark has authored articles for the ABA Journal, New York Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, and Santa Barbara Lawyer. She is also regularly featured as a legal expert for the Southern California Record and she has appeared as a guest on podcasts produced by Above the Law and Corporate Counsel Business Journal.
CEO Suzanne Nossel
Suzanne Nossel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization. She is author of Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. Nossel previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador for UN Management and Reform, Vice President of U.S. Business Development for Bertelsmann, and as Vice President for Strategy and Operations for the Wall Street Journal.
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