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Irrational Basis Review
41 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Law School 101
Whether you're just starting law school or need some extra inspiration to help you continue, this conversation is here to help. We're joined by Lindsay Kendrick, Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at NYU School of Law, and Susie Spies Roth, Associate Dean, Dean of Students, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law.
13 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
When first adopted, the Bill of Rights only applied to the federal government -- not state governments. But in the early twentieth century, the Supreme Court began to rule that the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights are part of the liberty that is protected by the due process clause in the Fourteenth Amendment. Here's a quick and dirty dive into the incorporation doctrine.
18 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Race Conscious Remedies
In Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court said that laws that distinguish between people on the basis of race are subject to strict scrutiny. And it purportedly applied that standard in Brown v. Board of Education, the case holding that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. In the past couple of decades, however, a new question has arisen—should strict scrutiny apply to laws that distinguish on the basis of race in order to help minorities?
19 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Sex, Gender, & the Constitution
Join us for a deep dive into the Fourteenth Amendment's relationship to sex and gender. Even though Abigail Adams implored her husband John to "remember the ladies" when helping to draft the Constitution, the original text doesn't mention women, much less gender. When the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted in 1868, guaranteeing all American citizens equal protection under the law, it became a tool for women and minorities to fight discrimination.
13 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Appointment & Removal
Welcome to season 2 of Irrational Basis Review! We're kicking things off with an overview of Article II of the Constitution and the President's power to appoint officers and remove them.
19 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
What happens when rational basis gets bitten by a radioactive animus spider? It becomes super-powered and invalidates a range of discriminatory conduct. Where did this toothier form of rational basis come from? And which Justice made it his life’s work to wring every bit of goodness out of the whole concept of animus?
14 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Carolene Products: Footnote 4
Start your study of individual rights on the right foot(note) with this discussion of Con Law’s most famous footnote and the tiers of scrutiny that it spawned.
12 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
We do a deep dive into unenumerated rights-- where do they come from? Why do they get such a bad rap? How do we know when an unenumerated right is entitled to the most robust constitutional protections?
10 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
A quick, handy guide to the state action doctrine.
12 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Congress’s Section 5 Power
A deeper dive of Congress’s power to enact legislation pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment.
24 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Commerce Clause Jurisprudence
A rollicking ride covering the Court’s Commerce Clause jurisprudence from Gibbons v. Ogden, to the Gilded Age, to the New Deal, to the present.
20 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Presidential Power & Checking the President
A topic of increasing importance -- empowering and constraining the President.
15 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
A quick and dirty guide to understanding standing doctrine, its relationship to the other justiciability doctrines, and the substantive consequences of this procedural constraint of jurisdiction (with particular emphasis on Lyons v. City of Los Angeles).
17 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Heller High Water (Heller v. District of Columbia
A deep-ish dive into District of Columbia v. Heller and the various interpretive methodologies that courts use in constitutional interpretation.
15 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Court Packing (Marbury v. Madison)
The case that started it all… get a better understanding of this stalwart of the Con Law curriculum.Just because constitutional law might seem irrational doesn’t mean you can’t or don’t understand it. We’re here to help with that.This show is designed to help law students get a leg up on their constitutional law classes, law professors supplement their classes, and people who want to learn more about the foundations of constitutional law.
2 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Announcing...Irrational Basis Review!
Introducing Irrational Basis Review: a podcast that is rationally related to a legitimate educational purpose -- introducing, analyzing, and contextualizing the foundational constitutional law cases that are part of the first year law school curriculum. Perfect for professors looking to supplement their (online) courses, students looking to get a leg up on class discussions, or people interested in learning more about the big con law cases! Coming Winter 2021 (just in time for second semester).
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