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This week, Joel joins Chris from out on the open seas. They quickly debrief mask mandates as Joel notices mask-wearing trends in his international travels. They also revisit Texas abortion law as a new lawsuit has been filed. The lawsuit demonstrates how citizens are made to enforce the law, not the state. Joel and Chris review the last week in NFL…
 
This week, Joel and Mackenzie jump back into the legal news as the Supreme Court summer break comes to an end. First, Joel and Mackenzie address the legality of vaccine mandates. They question whether a mandate at this point is an effective solution. They also review the California recall vote for Gov. Newsom. Finally, they turn the the Supreme Cou…
 
Comedian of Law is back after a summer break! Joel Oster and Mackenzie Smith kick off the episode with a story involving a spaghetti-covered domestic dispute. They talk about worst day in the courtroom in light of Elon Musk's lawyer vomiting in the jury box. Joel and Mackenzie talk Supreme Court, the new Texas abortion law, and what to expect movin…
 
Introducing a new segment to the Comedian of Law podcast: Courtroom Quarterback. As a massive sports fan, Joel Oster is bringing his humorous legal takes to the sports arena. Joel is joined by fellow sports fanatic and legal professional, Christopher Marohn. Joel and Chris will review major athletics news, discuss the GOATs, and debrief where games…
 
This week, Joel and Mackenzie Smith talk about the latest updates on Britney Spears, travel, and recent Supreme Court news. They discuss the legal definition of conservatorship and the permanent nature of the situation. Joel and Mackenzie break down the law on control over medical decisions under conservatorship and Britney's birth control. They al…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, July 2nd, 2021 In this Fourth of July edition of the Update, we dig into why the 1st Amendment makes America so great. Despite the many mistakes this country has made (most recently, freeing Bill Cosby instead of Brittney Spears), our freedoms are still worth celebrating! Wishing you a great weekend!…
 
In this episode, Joel is joined by Mackenzie Smith to discuss this week's legal happenings. As the public has been calling to "Free Brittney," the legal system apparently misunderstood and released Bill Cosby instead. Joel and Mackenzie dig into why this happened, the history of the case, and the procedural issues that led to his release. Next, the…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, July 1st, 2021 In today's update, we wish the Justices a happy summer vacation as they finish up their term after today's decisions. We discuss a case on transgender rights to school restrooms that the Court declined to hear. We also talk about the voting rights case about Arizona voting practices regarding harves…
 
This past Monday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the NCAA and how it compensates student athletes. Joel is joined by Christopher Marohn to talk about NCAA v. Alston. After sharing their love of sports, Joel and Chris dig into the legal details of the case. The athletes claim that NCAA compensation violates anti-trust law. The NCAA hinges it…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June 24th, 2021 Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued 4 big decisions. In the first case, the justices side with a cheerleader who was suspended from her team for cursing outside of school. Next, the Court deals with property rights versus unions. Then, the Court rules on 4th Amendment rights when a police officer e…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June 23rd, 2021 On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision on NCAA v. Alston. The case dealt with antitrust law and whether the NCAA could neglect to pay their student athletes based on the the premise of "amateurism." In an unanimous decision, the Court upheld the lower court's opinion that barred the NCA…
 
This week, Joel is joined by Mackenzie Smith to review recent Supreme Court happenings. Will Justice Breyer retire? Are the justices making a statement about court packing with their 9-0 unanimous decisions? Joel and Mackenzie dig into these questions as well as the major cases that the Court decided this past week. First, they get into Terry v. Th…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June. 18th, 2021 Yesterday was a big day on the Supreme Court. The Court released its decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, dismissing the challenge based on standing. This wasn't Obamacare's first time before the Court, so we review past constitutional questions and what the future of the ACA may look …
 
Debriefing the Law, Daily Update | June 15th, 2021 In today's update, Joel reviews yesterday's Supreme Court decisions: Terry v. United States and Greer v. United States. In Terry v. U.S., the Court discusses a Congressional mistake on how cocaine law has been ruled on previously. Apparently, there were different sentencing for crack cocaine versus…
 
In today's episode, Joel and Amy discuss a lawsuit against the Queen of England for $32 trillion. Let's hope the attorney got his retainer upfront. Then, Joel explores other crazy and frivolous cases. They also go over deposition preparation and what the worst answer a client can give is. Finally, Joel and Amy dive into recent Supreme Court cases a…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June 11th, 2021 Two Senators want to know the Supreme Court Justices' travel history, probably because they didn't want to miss bingo night at the casino. The Court decides what qualifies as a "violent felony" in the Armed Criminal Care Act. And finally, Joel gives a preview of some of the biggest Supreme Court de…
 
Debriefing the Law, Daily Update, June 9th, 2021 It's officially Supreme Court Sweeps Season! This means June will be full of Supreme Court decisions and updates that we are happy to report so you can stay up to date on breaking news in the legal landscape. In today's update, we talk about SCOTUS decisions around computer abuse at work, the Court d…
 
Mackenzie Smith is back on Comedian of Law! She updates us on her run for public office as district judge. Joel tests her judicial skills on some new wacky cases such as the murder of an iguana!? Joel and Mackenzie also debrief recent Supreme Court cases. They discuss the weighty implications of the word "so," police officers taking bribes, and whe…
 
Our favorite return guest, Scott Briscoe, is back with more hilarious free legal tips. Scott gives us an inside look into his legal practice in West Virginia and all of the wild stories he encounters there. He documents his cases by dishing out "Free Legal Tips" based on real interactions with his clients. In this episode, Joel and Scott discuss wh…
 
This week, Joel and Amy take up a recent Supreme Court case around a cheerleader who was suspended from her team for dropping F-bombs on her Snapchat. They discuss the legal merits, 1st Amendment rights, and whether the punishment was just. Next, a women was pulled over and found out she was a wanted felon for not returning a VHS tape in the 90s. M…
 
This week, Joel is joined by Taly Goody. She is an attorney, firm owner, and social media mentor. Taly shares her story of opening her own law firm and transitioning from employment to business ownership. She gives sage advice on how to take the leap into doing your own thing. Taly also gives us an inside look into her social media practice and how…
 
In this episode, Joel interviews Bo Shuff, the executive director of DC Vote. Whether or not the District of Colombia should be a state has been a hot topic recently given the House vote over DC statehood last week. The statehood bill passed in the House and awaits Senate examination. Bo shares the history of DC and makes the case for why DC should…
 
This week, Joel is joined again by Amy Frances Lemanski. To kick off the episode, Joel tests Amy on her legal movie knowledge by reviewing iconic Hollywood courtroom scenes. Plus, they talk strange idioms and expletives in the courtroom. Then, Joel and Amy review the most recent updates on the Supreme Court and court packing. They give their update…
 
This episode, Joel is talking with Paul Brennan, an Australian lawyer and legal humorist. Joel and Paul discuss life in Australia, Paul’s career, and legal humor. Paul gives us an overview of his 101 Reasons to Kill All the Lawyers, Paul’s legal blog and book that detail humorous legal scenarios and advice. Joel and Paul also discuss the difference…
 
This episode, Joel is joined again by Amy Francis Lemanski to debrief the law this week. It was an eventful week at the Supreme Court. Joel and Amy talk about NCAA v Alston. This case argues whether student athletes should be compensated within the NCAA. They talk about “amateurism,” the education system, and what it means to neglect to pay the pla…
 
In this episode, Joel Oster and Amy Francis Lemanski debrief the past week in the law. First, they talk about Pennsylvania prosecutor who took a side gig of being a DoorDash delivery driver. Next, they discuss Sidney Powell and the recent Dominion defamation case against her. They cover the merits of her statements (or excuses) that no "reasonable …
 
This week, Joel is joined by Florida lawyer Charles Vega. After a career in business, Charles began his legal journey at age 57. He tells about his experience in law school and owning his own practice. He gives sage advice on what it takes to meet your goals. He also shares inside tips on his practice within real estate law so you can avoid mishaps…
 
In this episode, Amy Francis Lemanski joins Joel to debrief this week's legal news. First, she gives us insight into her matrimonial law practice (i.e. divorce law) and some of her strangest divorce disputes. They also dive into the Twitter battle that ensued between Candace Owens and Cardi B after Fox News critiqued Cardi B's Grammy performance. T…
 
In this episode, Joel talks with Michael Thompson about legal conspiracy theories. They discuss the missing 13th Amendment— no, not the one that ended slavery— the almost-ratified one that stated titles of nobility would revoke American citizenship. As legal conspiracy theorists might suggest, perhaps this is a ploy to rid lawyers of their citizens…
 
This week, Joel is joined by Chris Marohn to debrief recent legal cases. They talk voting rights, including ballot harvesting and how voting laws interact with political parties. They discuss the census, districts, and election fraud. Next, they go over Tiger Woods' recent accident and the investigation into his car's "black box." They discuss whet…
 
In this episode, Joel interviews Kyona McGhee, a trademark lawyer from Detroit. Joel and Kyona talk Jesus Christ’s opinions of lawyers. Kyona shares her legal journey from having her mom arrested during her childhood to graduating valedictorian of her law school and following the demand for trademark law. Kyona gives her expertise on different trad…
 
This week, Joel interviews Joe Patrice, senior editor at Above the Law— a legal news site with irreverent commentary on current events and the legal profession. Joe shares his takes on living in New York City and his legal career path. Joel also quizzes Joe on his movie knowledge, wacky cases, and the validity of the bar exam. They debrief the Domi…
 
This week, Joel interviews Brittany Alexander, an insurance lawyer from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In this episode, Joel and Brittany discuss all things property insurance law. They talk Brittany’s legal career, LSAT tips, and how someone gets into insurance law. They review the impact of Covid policies on business closures. They talk about how to kn…
 
In this week's Debriefing of the Law, Joel and Mackenzie review the impeachment proceedings for Trump that occurred last week. They talk merits, the politics, and bias in the proceedings. They cover how the last week is not representative of a true legal "trial" but rather a political process. Finally, they discuss the role and protection of the Fi…
 
With the Super Bowl just days away, Joel and Mackenzie talk all things game day from Tom Brady, winning predictions, and the national anthem. They also dive into Trump's pending impeachment and what a post-presidential impeachment could mean. They cover the legal and political fallout of impeachment and predict the likelihood of his conviction. Fin…
 
This week, Joel and Mackenzie debrief the upcoming Super Bowl, GameStop, and the filibuster. In this episode, they predict Super Bowl winners and review their playoff predictions. Joel and Mackenzie cover the GameStop stock frenzy from shorting to Reddit and the legal and market implications of what's happening. They also discuss the history and ro…
 
This week, Joel interviews Molly Parmer. Molly owns a law firm in Atlanta that handles high-stakes criminal cases, predominately in federal court, with a focus on sex crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes, and weapons violations. Known for her tenacity, Molly fights for the accused and their rights to an excellent defense. Listen for insight into the…
 
This week, Joel and Mackenzie cover the NFL playoffs, the Biden Inauguration, and free speech. In this episode, Joel and Mackenzie discuss how law overlaps with football and other various NFL tactics and stories. They debrief the inauguration, the fallout, and a Biden administration. Additionally, they talk about free speech and what that looks lik…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Jan. 20th, 2021 Inauguration Day in America is a time when we all come together, as a unified country to welcome a new president. While we often don’t agree, we’ve come up with some policy items that President Biden can add to his docket that are sure to bring us all together.…
 
A lot has gone down since Joel and Mackenzie last debriefed the law. In this episode, they will cover the Capitol attacks, President Trump's second impeachment, and lawsuits from $1 to $1.3 billion. Joel and Mackenzie discuss the differences between the riot at the Capitol and the riots that occurred last summer. They go over Trump's controversial …
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Jan. 14th, 2021 This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether cases can be brought before the court for one dollar. $1 can’t even get you much at the Dollar General anymore, but can it get you justice in court? Also, we review the comments from lawyer Dan Eckhart on defending Adam Johnson, the man smi…
 
We took a break from our Daily Updates over the holidays, but now we are back! Jan. 11th, 2021 After last week’s attack on the Capitol, impeachment talk has been prevalent. However, the logistics and legality of impeaching Trump are questionable. With a Biden presidency less than two weeks away, it seems unlikely that the impeachment proceedings wi…
 
Joel and Mackenzie review the wild year that was 2020. From their personal New Year's resolutions to Covid to the election, they debrief it all. Joel and Mackenzie discuss the merit or lack thereof of the many election lawsuits. They cover the recent phone call between Trump and the Georgia Secretary of State, news headlines, impeachment, social me…
 
This week, Comedian of Law interviews Alexandra Sabalier. Alexandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is as an attorney at law in the Washington D.C. Bar, and is currently a resident of Berlin, Germany. As a travel-lover and expat herself, Alexandra has learned the ins and outs of tax and immigration and offers her legal expertise to world travel…
 
Comedian of Law is all about finding the intersection between humor and the law, which is why we were thrilled to interview Negin Yazdani. Negin is an in-house lawyer in the video game industry and stand-up comedian on the side. In this episode, Joel and Negin discuss Negin's career path, what it means to negotiate, and the day-to-day of an in-hous…
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Dec. 15th, 2020 Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Barr turned in his resignation. He couldn’t stick it out one month longer. Not sure we blame him. Also, yesterday, the Electoral College casted their votes for our president and Joe Biden won. Again. Will this be the end of election lawsuits? It’s too soon to tell. …
 
What a week to debrief! Don’t mess with Texas, or they’ll sue in you in the Supreme Court. Texas files a lawsuit against 4 states at the US Supreme Court. Talk about your last minute Hail Mary pass. Plus, Facebook is apparently a big company. The FTC and several states have sued Facebook for anti-trust violations. In this episode, Joel and Mackenzi…
 
Darren Heitner is a sports and contract lawyer, contributor to Above the Law, creator of Sports Agent Blog, and adjunct professor. Darren has worked with a multitude of professional athletes and with his motto of "Just Do Something," he has amassed an impressive career portfolio within the sports law world. In this episode, Joel taps into Darren's …
 
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Dec. 8th, 2020 We all know the Hail Mary is a desperate play in football when the quarterback throws the ball high into the endzone and just hopes for the best. Well, it seems as though the Trump team is playing their Hail Mary with the attempt to halt the vote certification process of the election results in Penn…
 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Covid restrictions that appeared before the Supreme Court in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo. This case dealt with attendance restrictions for churches compared to the restrictions imposed on other businesses in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic. Joel Oster and Mackenzie Smith discuss the grounds of …
 
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