Supreme Myths

By Eric Segall

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A podcast featuring the Supreme Court and Supreme Court cases. Hosted by Georgia State College of Law professor Eric Segall.

Episode Date
Episode 79: Professor Jud Campbell

Professor Jud Campbell stops by Supreme Myths for an in-depth discussion of the proper role of history in constitutional interpretation and how “rights” talk today in the hands of most Originalists bears little resemblance to “rights” at the founding.

Nov 23, 2022
Episode 78: Historian Saul Cornell

Historian Saul Cornell stops by Supreme Myths to discuss the history of the Second Amendment, Originalism in general, and the Court’s creation of an anti-Constitution.

Nov 12, 2022
Episode 77: Professor Kermit Roosevelt

Professor Kermit Roosevelt stops by Supreme Myths to talk about his new book “The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story.” It’s a fascinating and provocative retelling of America’s birth.

Nov 04, 2022
Episode 76: Gabe Roth

Gabe Roth, Executive Director of Fix the Court, stops by Supreme Myths to talk about all the ways we need to fix the Supreme Court. We discuss ethics, recusal, cameras, papers, the certiorari process and more.

Oct 21, 2022
Episode 75: Professor Andrew Koppelman

Professor Andrew Koppelman stops by Supreme Myths to discuss his new book on libertarianism “Burning Down the House,” and how libertarian theory has been corrupted by greed and delusion.

Oct 07, 2022
Episode 74: Professor Paolo Sandro

Professor Paolo Sandro stops by Supreme Myths to offer an international perspective on the proper relationships between and among courts and other branches of government and discuss how the US system is different than other countries with judicial review.

Sep 26, 2022
Episode 73: Andrew Seidel

Andrew Seidel of Americans United for Separation of Church and State stops by Supreme Myths to discuss Christian Nationalism and the Court’s recent and old religion cases. If you’re upset about the Court’s direction in religion cases, or even if you’re not but are interested in them, this is the Podcast for you.

Sep 22, 2022
Episode 72: Professor Rachel Barkow

Professor Rachel Barkow stops by Supreme Myths to talk about our mass incarceration crisis, it’s causes, and possible solutions.

Sep 12, 2022
Episode 71: Aliza Shatzman

Aliza Shatzman stops by Supreme Myths to tell us her personal story and why she started the Legal Accountability Project to shine light on how often judges harass their clerks. We also discuss why Title VII needs to be amended to include the judiciary.

Aug 26, 2022
Episode 70: Professor Jessica Silbey

Professor Jessica Silbey stops by Supreme Myths to discuss the latest term and the relationship between Intellectual Property law and our fundamental values as well as how film reflects who we are or maybe who we are going to be.

Aug 19, 2022
Episode 69: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the recent term, his new book on Originalism, and legal education.

Aug 12, 2022
Episode 68: Professor Sarah Haan

Professor Sarah Haan stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the intersection of corporate and constitutional law and to lament the utter lack of good faith the Court brings to the table on these issue. We also discuss proposed SEC disclosure requirements about climate change. 

Jul 30, 2022
Episode 67: Professor David Cohen

Law Professor David Cohen stops by Supreme Myths to discuss the future of abortion in this country after Dobbs. Spoiler alert: it’s total chaos.

Jul 22, 2022
Episode 66: Professor Kent Greenfield

Professor Kent Greenfield stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the Court and religion, the Court and corporations, free speech, and the great Justice Souter.

Jun 29, 2022
Episode 65: Professor Evan Bernick

Professor Evan Bernick stops by Supreme Myths to talk abortion, originalism, common-good constitutionalism, and Congress’ powers under the 14th Amendment.

Jun 09, 2022
Episode 64: Professor Danielle Citron

Professor Danielle Citron stops by Supreme Myths to talk all things digital privacy, the need to reform federal law, her forthcoming book on the subject, and her visit to Mark Zuckerberg’s house!

Jun 03, 2022
Episode 63: Professor Brian Leiter

Professor Brian Leiter stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the Supreme Court, abortion, legal realism, retired Judge Posner and much more.

May 25, 2022
Episode 62: Professor Steve Sanders

Professor Steve Sanders drops by Supreme Myths to talk abortion, LGBTQ rights, will Obergefell be reversed, free speech and much more.

May 20, 2022
Episode 61: Professor Steven Mazie

Professor Steven Mazie, the Supreme Court Correspondent for The Economist, stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the leaked opinion, reporting on the Court, cameras in the Court, and a lot of other important SCOTUS topics.

May 13, 2022
Episode 60: Professor Jennifer Mascott

Professor Jennifer Mascott stops by Supreme Myths to discuss the leaked opinion, administrative law, originalism, and Fed Soc.

May 11, 2022
Episode 59: Professor Steve Vladeck

Professor Steve Vladeck stops by Supreme Myths to talk about his forthcoming book on the Shadow Docket, constitutional rights without remedies, and walking the scholar/media pundit line both on social media and in the classroom.

Apr 29, 2022
Episode 58: Professor Nadia Ahmad

Professor Nadia Ahmad comes by Supreme Myths to discuss legal responses to climate change, several important lawsuits affecting the environment, and even the Ron DeSantis War or both Disney and higher education.

Apr 26, 2022
Episode 57: Professor Anthony Kreis

Professor Anthony Kreis stops by Supreme Myths to talk about state laws prohibiting citizens from traveling to other states to exercise their rights, the relationship of social movements to judicial review, and how to improve the law review selection process.

Apr 08, 2022
Episode 56: Professor Ilya Somin

Professor Ilya Somin stops by Supreme Myths to talk about his excellent book “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration and Political Freedom,” the differences between originalism and living constitutionalism, and he defends George Mason naming its law school the Antonin Scalia Law School despite my arguments that Justice Scalia should not be honored in that way.

Apr 01, 2022
Episode 55: Professor Mary Anne Franks

Professor Mary Anne Franks stops by Supreme Myths to talk about guns, free speech, revenge porn, and the “Cult of the Constitution.”

Mar 24, 2022
Episode 54: Professor Tara Leigh Grove

Professor Tara Leigh Grove stops by Supreme Myths to talk about statutory and constitutional interpretation, the legitimacy dilemma facing the Supreme Court, and her work on the Supreme Court Reform Commission.

Mar 11, 2022
Episode 53: Professor Randy Barnett

Professor Randy Barnett stops by Supreme Myths to discuss his personal journal to become a constitutional professor, originalism, the 14th Amendment, and much more.

Mar 04, 2022
Episode 52: Professor Mark Tushnet

Professor Mark Tushnet stops by Supreme Myths to discuss legal realism, SCOTUS, Court balancing/packing, and his great new book on the Hughes Court from 1930-1941.

Feb 17, 2022
Episode 51: Dr. William P. Hausdorff

Dr. William P. Hausdorff, Epidemiologist, stops by Supreme Myths to talk all things vaccine and Covid. He answers many of the questions we all have about the pandemic.

Feb 11, 2022
Episode 50: Professor Cristina Rodriguez

Yale Law Professor Cristina Rodriguez stops by Supreme Myths to discuss her role as Co-Chair of the Supreme Court Reform Commission, immigration law, regime change in the Executive Branch, administrative law. and other fascinating issues.

Feb 04, 2022
Episode 49: Professor Aaron Tang

Professor Aaron Tang stops by Supreme Myths to talk about abortion, affirmative action, the Second Amendment, and his original and smart “least harm approach” principle that he advocates for hard constitutional cases.

Jan 27, 2022
Episode 48: Professor Sherry Colb

Professor Sherry Colb stops by Supreme Myths to talk about abortion, animal rights, the connection between the two, and the horrors of the Court’s recent oral argument on Mississippi’s 15 week abortion ban.

Jan 21, 2022
Episode 47: Professors Jed Shugerman & Mike Ramsey

Professors Jed Shugerman and Mike Ramsey join Supreme Myths to discuss Presidential Power, Originalism, and Judicial Review.

Jan 14, 2022
Episode 46: Professor Jamal Greene

Professor Jamal Greene stops by Supreme Myths to discuss his wonderful new book “How Rights Went Wrong,” constitutional interpretation (and creation), the Dobbs oral argument, and the selling of originalism.

Dec 10, 2021
Episode 45: Chief Justice David Nahmias

Chief Justice David Nahmias of the Georgia Supreme Court stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the differences between state and federal courts, statutory interpretation, and originalism.

Nov 22, 2021
Episode 44: Professor Eugene Volokh

Professor Eugene Volokh stops by Supreme Myths to talk about blogging, social media and free speech, the religion clauses of the First Amendment, and federalism.

Nov 19, 2021
Episode 43: David Lat

David Lat stops by Supreme Myths to talk about his Covid-19 ordeal, legal blogging, the Supreme Court, and so much more.

Oct 28, 2021
Episode 42: Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick stops by Supreme Myth to talk about reporting on the Court, her least and most favorite Justices, decency and empathy as important values when judging, and much more!

Oct 22, 2021
Episode 41: Professor Jeremy Telman

Professor Jeremy Telman stops by Supreme Myths to talk originalism, his opposition to court reform designed to make the Court weaker, and his views on why we need the Court to balance our democracy.

Oct 13, 2021
Episode 40: Professor Daniel Rodriguez

Professor Daniel Rodriguez stops by Supreme Myths to talk about being the Dean of two law schools, legal education, polarization, religious exemptions, Justice Scalia and much more!

Oct 08, 2021
Episode 39: Professor Corinna Barrett Lain

Professor Corinna Lain stops by Supreme Myths to talk all things death penalty including the Supreme Court’s role in ending it then bringing it back, the awfulness of lethal injections, and how Virginia ended capital punishment.

Sep 29, 2021
Episode 38: Professor Maggie Blackhawk

Professor Maggie Blackhawk stops by Supreme Myths to talk about a host of issues surrounding Native Americans, the McGirt case, and legal formalism versus legal realism.  

Sep 26, 2021
Episode 37: Professor Blake D. Morant

Professor (and former Dean) Blake Morant stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the challenges of legal education, the role of law professors in a polarized world, and importance of dignity, respect, and optimism in a world that needs much more of all three of those things.

Sep 16, 2021
Episode 36: Professor Brian Frye

Professor Brian Frye stops by Supreme Myths to give us some fascinating copyright law education, to say we have plagiarism all wrong, and to explain why law reviews are obsolete and ridden with elitism.

Sep 10, 2021
Episode 35: Professor Julian Mortenson

Professor Julian Mortenson joins Supreme Myths to discuss Justice Souter, the delegation doctrine, court reform, and more.

Sep 03, 2021
Episode 34: Professor Neysun Mahboubi

Professor Neysun Mahboubi stops by Supreme Myths to talk Covid-19-Responses and Administrative Law and to teach us about China and its legal system.

May 12, 2021
Episode 33: Caroline Maya Corbin

Caroline Maya Corbin stops by Supreme Myths to talk about the Supreme Court and religion, white Christian nationalism, and how the Roberts Court is enabling that movement.

May 05, 2021
Episode 32: Professor Rick Hasen

Professor Rick Hasen stopped by Supreme Myths to talk about voting rights and suppression, elections, the Scalia Myth, and other important issues.

May 04, 2021
Episode 31: Emily Bazelon
Apr 21, 2021
Episode 30: Professor Sandy Levinson
Apr 08, 2021
Episode 29: Professor Orin Kerr

Professor Orin Kerr stops by Supreme Myths to talk about searches and seizures, originalism, legal education and the infamous US News Rankings.

Apr 06, 2021
Episode 28: Professor Jennifer Taub

Professor Jennifer Taub talks to Professor Segall about the injustices and costs of white-collar crime as well as her role in the 2017 Tax March and Donald Trump’s legal issues in New York.

Mar 25, 2021
Episode 27: Professor Victoria Nourse

Professor Victoria Nourse visits Supreme Myths to talk about statutory interpretation, originalism, and her time working with Senator and Vice-President Joe Biden.

Mar 11, 2021
Episode 26: Michael McConnell

Professor Michael McConnell stops by Supreme Myths to talk Originalism today and yesterday, affirmative action, and his new book on Executive Power: The President Who Would not be King: Executive Power Under the Constitution.

Mar 08, 2021
Episode 25: Adam Winkler

On the 25th episode of Supreme Myths, Professors Adam Winkler and Eric Segall talk impeachment, Citizens United, Second Amendment, and Adam’s first and only movie role.

Feb 11, 2021
Episode 24: Adam Liptak

Adam Liptak the Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times stops by Supreme Myths to discuss covering the Court, writing about big cases, Court reform, and other issues relating to how our highest Court operates.

Feb 03, 2021
Episode 23: Christopher Sprigman

Professor Christopher Sprigman and Professor Eric Segall talk impeachment, democracy, the proper of the Supreme Court in our politics, and Chris’ excellent new article arguing Congress can and should enact legislation stripping the Supreme Court of jurisdiction over some of our most contentious constitutional law questions.

Jan 27, 2021
Episode 22: Keith Whittington

Princeton Professor Keith Whittington joins Supreme Myths to discuss impeachment, originalism, academics on social media, and so much more.

Jan 22, 2021
Episode 21: Franita Tolson

Professor Franita Tolson joins Supreme Myths to discuss impeachment and other current events, election law, and voter suppression among other timely issues.

Jan 12, 2021
Episode 20: Father William Dailey

Father William Dailey joins Supreme Myths to talk about faith and agnosticism, the ban on women being priests, and the Church’s policies towards gays and lesbians among other religious topics.

Dec 04, 2020
Episode 19: Joshua A. Douglas

Professor Joshua Douglas talks to Professor Segall about election myths, election law, current events, and his dog Rudy stops by for a quick visit as well.

Nov 19, 2020
Episode 19: Jessica Levinson

Professor Jessica Levinson, election law and constitutional law expert, joins Professor Segall to discuss Tuesday’s ACA case, Trump’s election strategies and whether they might succeed, and the ins, outs, and absurdities of the Court’s campaign finance decisions.

Nov 11, 2020
Episode 17: Scott Shapiro

Yale Law Professor and Twitter Star Scott Shapiro talk with Professor Segall about the election, the Court, our country, and, of course, Twitter.

Nov 04, 2020
Episode 16: Caroline Fredrickson

Caroline Fredrickson, former Executive Director of the American Constitution Society, talks with Professor Segall about current events, Supreme Court reform, and the Federalist Society among other topics.

Oct 28, 2020
Episode 15: Geof R. Stone

Professor Geof Stone joins Supreme Myths to discuss current events, free speech in America, the Warren Court, and why Justice Scalia boycotted the University of Chicago for a few years because of something Geof wrote.

Oct 22, 2020
Episode 14: Christopher Green

Professor Christopher Green joins Supreme Myths for an engaging discussion of originalism and constitutional interpretation.

Oct 16, 2020
Episode 13: Lawprofblawg

The [in]famous Lawprofblawg joins Supreme Myths to discuss legal education elitism, law reviews, commas, Instapots, and our sad and increased polarization.

Oct 13, 2020
Episode 12: Clark Neily

Clark Nelly of CATO joins Supreme Myths to talk about natural law, guns, judicial review, abortion, and our horrific and racist criminal justice system.

Sep 23, 2020
Episode 11: Nina Sadowsky

Nina Sadowsky, Hollywood Producer, author, and “entertainment lawyer in recovery” joins Supreme Myths to talk about the business of Hollywood, producing movies, being an author and teacher, good writing, and the joys of summer camp.

Sep 18, 2020
Episode 10: Carissa Byrne Hessick

Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick joins Supreme Myths to talk about the gross inequities in our plea bargaining criminal justice system, how politics and prosecutions often go together, and other aspects of how justice and the search for truth play less of a role in our criminal law than most people think. In the end, we also discussed law reviews, legal scholarship, and whether blog posts should “count”.

Sep 10, 2020
Episode 9: Judge Stephen Dillard

Judge Stephen Dillard of the Georgia Court of Appeals joins Professor Segall to talk about judging, legal realism, our polarized state of affairs, and social media.

Sep 02, 2020
Episode 8: Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times joins Professor Segall to talk about covering the Court, the Bork nomination, Anthony Kennedy’s most important term, and a host of other interesting subjects.

Aug 27, 2020
Episode 7: Mike Dorf

Professor Mike Dorf joins Eric Segall to talk about a variety of topics including legal realism, critical legal studies, how candid judges ought to be when explaining their decisions, as well as myths surrounding veganism.

Aug 20, 2020
Episode 6: Pete Dominick

Pete Dominick joins Professor Eric Segall to talk about stand up comedy, life, and relationships in this special edition of Supreme Myths (with a bit of law thrown in).

Aug 11, 2020
Episode 5: Fred Smith

In this podcast episode, Eric Segall talks to Emory University Law Professor Fred Smith about being a Supreme Court clerk, the recent term, and the legal doctrine of Qualified Immunity which shields police officers and other state officials from liability for illegal acts.

Aug 07, 2020
Episode 4: Mary Ziegler

In this podcast, Eric Segall talks to Florida State Law Professor Mary Ziegler about abortion in America. Professor Ziegler has written three books on the subject and the conversation included a back and forth on many different and controversial aspects of the abortion debates that so divide our country.

Jul 22, 2020
Episode 3: A Review of the Supreme Court’s Latest Term

Professor Jonathan Adler and Eric Segall talk about the Supreme Court’s recent term. Adler, a prominent libertarian, and Segall frequently debate on Twitter. They discuss all the big cases this year as well as Chief Justice Roberts and his alleged penchant for moving the law slowly (except when he does not want to).

Jul 15, 2020
Episode 2: Race and Identity Capitalism

Colorado Law professor Nancy Leong discusses her forthcoming book “Identity Capitalists.” Leong argues that we are all “identity capitalists” who use race, gender, etc., to further our own aspirations. They also discuss how Brett Kavanaugh, Colin Kaepernick, and other famous people use identity capitalism in their own lives and careers.

Jul 08, 2020
Episode 1: Constitutionalism, Originalism and the Supreme Court

Episode Description: Constitutional law scholar, Yale professor Jack Balkin joins Georgia State Law professor Eric Segall for a conversation about originalism, judicial review and whether Supreme Court justices should have lifetime appointments.

Jul 03, 2020