Welcome to The Term, a Law360 podcast

The Term is a podcast for the busy U.S. Supreme Court watcher. Give us about 15 minutes each week and we'll catch you up on all the big action at the nation's highest court, along with a list of what to watch in the coming sessions.

Senior Supreme Court reporter Jimmy Hoover in Washington, D.C. and editor-at-large Natalie Rodriguez in New York City cut through a busy docket to focus on the key cases and developments everyone will be talking about.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

S2, E4: Justices Dive Into Election, Immigration Battles

It was a whirlwind week of confirmation news and politically-charged election and immigration cases that the justices weighed in on, so we’re breaking it all down on this week’s episode, plus diving into a conversation with a leading appellate advocate on why the Supreme Court needs more female clerks.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

S2, E3: Breaking Down The Barrett Hearings

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is almost through what she described as an "excruciating" confirmation process after finishing her Senate testimony Thursday. This week, the team breaks down the highlights from the hearings with Law360’s congressional reporter.

Full Show (Runtime: 20:12)

Thursday, October 8, 2020

S2, E2: Justices Start Term With Guns Blazing

The Supreme Court wasted little time making waves in its first week of the 2020 term, from Justice Clarence Thomas’ attack on the “Obergefell” precedent to a multibillion copyright battle between Google and Oracle. And with the election less than a month away, the court also found itself pressed to weigh in on litigation involving election processes during the pandemic. We break down the court’s busy first week on this week’s episode.

Full Show (Runtime: 18:56)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

S2, E1: The Impact of Amy Coney Barrett

The Supreme Court's 2020 term kicks off in less than a week. On this week’s episode of The Term, we discuss what Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation would mean for some of the biggest cases on the docket, from the fate of the Affordable Care Act to the First Amendment.

Full Show (Runtime: 20:40)

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Life And Legacy Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is among the few on the Supreme Court to have etched her name into legal history long before donning a robe. In a special episode this week, Law360's The Term dives into her legacy as a pioneering women's rights advocate with two guests who worked by her side.

Full Show (Runtime: 35:20)

Friday, September 18, 2020

We’re Back With Season 2

It’s been a long and difficult summer full of cancelled vacations, sweaty face masks, and a lack of new episodes from your favorite Law360 Supreme Court podcast, The Term. But we’re back with a new season on Sept. 24, starting with a special episode on Supreme Court clerks, then moving on to the blockbuster high court cases we’ll be watching. So if you enjoyed our show last year, or if you’re looking for a quick, digestible news podcast to get you caught up on the biggest Supreme Court developments, tune in every Thursday.

Full Show (Runtime: 02:00)

Friday, July 17, 2020

S1, E39: Term Finale - The Myth Of The Moderate Court

In our final episode of the season, The Term podcast team looks back on the Supreme Court's historic 2019 term with a pair of special guests. First we talk to Law360 research and data editor Jackie Bell about some surprising numbers that came out of the court this year. Then, we welcome on Melissa Murray, a constitutional law professor at NYU School of Law and co-host of the Supreme Court podcast Strict Scrutiny, for wide-ranging conversation covering everything from the pandemic to the impeachment trial, to debunking the narrative that Chief Justice John Roberts is leading the court in a “moderate” direction.

We’re taking a short hiatus while the justices are on recess, but we’ll be sure to update you with any major news from the court, and we’ll be back for season two when the next high court term gets started this fall.

Full Show (Runtime: 42:12)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

S1, E38: The Justices Wrap Up With Trump Taxes

In a whirlwind end to the U.S. Supreme Court term, the justices decided just who can -- and can't -- subpoena President Donald Trump's financial documents in a pair of decisions that once again highlighted the chief justice's influence on the court. We break down those rulings on this week’s episode, plus touch on an opinion from earlier this week that lets employers off the hook of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate if they oppose birth control on moral or religious grounds.

Full Show (Runtime: 22:16)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

S1, E37: It's Roberts' World

As the U.S. Supreme Court edges closer towards the finish line of the term, Chief Justice John Roberts' sway on the bench was increasingly apparent this week in a trio of opinions on abortion, agency independence and the separation of church and state that we’re breaking down on this week’s episode.

Full Show (Runtime: 18:54)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

S1, E36: Where Are All The Opinions?

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court term is supposed to be around the corner, but with more than a dozen opinions still outstanding, there's a question of whether the justices will go longer into the summer than they have in 24 years. On this week’s episode we discuss how the final stretch of the term could play out, plus dig into one opinion handed down this week that denied federal court review to certain asylum-seeking migrants, and another that preserved – but also reigned in – one of the SEC’s most important enforcement tools.

Full Show (Runtime: 15:10)

Thursday, June 18, 2020

S1, E35: DACA, Title VII Bombshells Land Early

The U.S. Supreme Court dropped two unexpected and explosive decisions this week, granting Title VII protections for LGBT workers and upholding legal protections for the 700,000 young immigrants protected under the DACA program. On this week’s episode we welcome Law360 senior reporter Suzanne Monyak to unpack Thursday’s highly-fractured DACA opinion, then dive into Monday’s landmark LGBT ruling surprisingly authored by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Full Show (Runtime: 19:20)

Thursday, June 11, 2020

S1, E34: So Many Blockbusters, So Little Time

LGBTQ rights. DACA. Trump's taxes. With the end of the U.S. Supreme Court term just three weeks away, we discuss this week the pile of blockbuster opinions left for the court to deliver and make a few predictions about what we might see next — and last.

Full Show (Runtime: 16:08)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

S1, E33: Sotomayor Scorches On Pensions, Puerto Rico

In two of the biggest decisions the Supreme Court handed down this week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor took the spotlight with her additional thoughts on the majority opinions. We dive into those on this week’s episode of The Term plus welcome on Law360 Senior Reporter Emily Brill to break down a key pension fund ruling.

Full Show (Runtime: 16:51)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

S1, E32: Roberts On Lessons Of The Pandemic

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued it’s latest COVID-19 decision, this one involving an Ohio federal prison in the midst of a deadly outbreak. We break it down on this week’s episode of The Term, plus visit some of what Chief Justice John Roberts misses most about the world before the pandemic.

Full Show (Runtime: 15:49)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

S1, E31: Clarence Thomas Steps Into The Spotlight

He's quiet, conservative and controversial. But what do we really know about Justice Clarence Thomas? This week, the team discusses a new documentary on the enigmatic justice that features interviews with the man himself.

Full Show (Runtime: 17:22)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

S1, E30: Trump Taxes And Frodo Baggins

The U.S. Supreme Court this week dove into several cases that could affect the 2020 election, including high-profile arguments over access to President Donald Trump's financial records and a row over so-called faithless presidential electors that sparked one justice to amusingly reference the "Lord of the Rings" universe. We break it all down on this week’s episode of The Term. And if you enjoy the episode, please leave us a written review!

Full Show (Runtime: 21:36)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

S1, E29: Flushing Arguments Down The Toilet

There was no shortage of surprises in the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic first week of telephonic arguments, as Justice Clarence Thomas frequently asked questions and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg unfortunately dialed in from a hospital bed. And there were no shortage of bloopers either, including a toilet flush heard across social media. We dive into it all on this week’s episode of The Term.

Full Show (Runtime: 15:38)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

S1, E28: How The Court's First Phone Hearings Will Work

The U.S. Supreme Court has released the format for how its unprecedented telephone oral arguments will work next week, and they won't be the usual free-for-all court watchers are used to hearing. On this week’s episode of The Term we break those down, plus look at the court's big Monday ruling in an Affordable Care Act case and a not-so-big one on the Second Amendment.

Full Show (Runtime: 18:49)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

S1, E27: Unlikely Alliances Take The Spotlight

In delivering this week’s slate of opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices created a few eyebrow-raising alliances in a pair of cases involving the Clean Water Act and the requirement for a unanimous jury. We break down both of those decisions on this week’s Term, plus touch on a case the high court added to its docket with important digital privacy implications.

Full Show (Runtime: 19:28)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

S1, E26: To Begin Your Oral Argument, Press 1

The U.S. Supreme Court surprised many legal watchers this week when it agreed to hold a slate of telephonic oral arguments in light of the pandemic. The team breaks down what to expect, before diving into a new high court challenge to the Trump administration’s “wealth test” spurred by COVID-19.

Full Show (Runtime: 17:54)

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