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Cases and Controversies, from Bloomberg Law, brings you the latest from the Supreme Court. “Sneak Peek” episodes preview each week’s oral arguments at the high court, while “Deep Dive” episodes explore a critical legal issue from all sides, with in-depth interviews of top Supreme Court advocates, law professors, lawyers, legal journalists, and judges.


DACA, Border Shooting, Traffic Stops: SCOTUS Deep Dive
Nov 15 • 30 min
The U.S. Supreme Court’s packed November argument session is wrapped up, and “Cases and Controversies” hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin break it down on this Deep Dive recap episode. They’ll look at the closely watched arguments over the fate of…
DACA, Cross-Border Shooting: SCOTUS Sneak Peek
Nov 8 • 8 min
Arguments over the fate of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which the Trump administration wants to undo, will unfold at the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12. On this latest Sneak Peek episode, hosts Kimberly Robinson…
Car Stops, Blackbeard, Clean Water: SCOTUS Sneak Peek
Nov 1 • 10 min
The first week of the U.S. Supreme Court’s November oral argument session features an array of important disputes, ranging from the Fourth Amendment to the Clean Water Act and others in between, including immigration and a copyright case stemming from the…
DACA Hits High Court: SCOTUS Deep Dive
Oct 25 • 14 min
The Obama-era program for Dreamers will finally have its day in the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12, when we may get a better sense of whether President Trump’s efforts to undo the program will survive high court scrutiny. On this Deep Dive episode of…
LGBT Discrimination, Puerto Rico: SCOTUS Deep Dive
Oct 18 • 31 min
The U.S. Supreme Court’s first oral argument session of the 2019 term is in the books, and Cases and Controversies hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin break it down on this Deep Dive recap episode. The hosts dive into the contentious arguments on…
Puerto Rico, Preemption, DC Sniper: SCOTUS Sneak Peek
Oct 10 • 11 min
The second week of the Supreme Court’s October sitting, like the first, features two days of argument, consolidated consideration of a closely-watched issue, and another rare afternoon session. In this SCOTUS Sneak Peek episode, hosts Kimberly Robinson…
LGBT Rights, Juries & Patent Fees: SCOTUS Sneak Peek
Oct 4 • 6 min
The first Monday in October is finally here, and the justices will kick off the term with blockbuster arguments over the extent of protections for LGBT workers. In this SCOTUS Sneak Peek episode, hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin will also…
Discrimination, DACA & Guns: SCOTUS Preview Deep Dive
Sep 20 • 42 min
The U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to take on a host of pressing and controversial issues—including sex discrimination, gun control, and the Obama-era immigration program known as DACA that the Trump administration wants to dismantle. Supreme Court…
Diversity Challenges in Supreme Court Bar (LIVE)
Jul 16 • 18 min
With the Supreme Court’s latest term all wrapped up, Bloomberg Law reporters take a look at an ongoing issue at the high court: A lack of gender diversity among advocates. This term, only 17% of Supreme Court cases were argued by women, a statistic that’s…
End of SCOTUS Term Roundtable
Jun 28 • 57 min
The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its 2018-19 term with a bang on June 27, handing down divided decisions in the hotly-anticipated census and partisan gerrymandering disputes. Bloomberg Law’s Supreme Court team jumped into the studio that day to break…
Double Jeopardy and Quirky Lineups: Weekly Recap
Jun 18 • 21 min
The justices kicked off their last full week with four opinions and an array of vote lineups ranging from the usual 5-4 suspects to some unexpected combinations. Bloomberg Law’s Supreme Court team recaps the action in cases about double jeopardy,…
Lots More Opinions to Go: Weekly Recap
Jun 11 • 25 min
But Bloomberg Law’s Supreme Court team will break down the action in opinions that were released on Monday, including decisions on career criminals, patents, and offshore rig workers. The justices also granted review for next term in five cases and…
The Crossover Term: Weekly Recap
Jun 4 • 19 min
The justices issued four new opinions in argued cases June 3, including yet another 5-4 decision with an nontraditional lineup. Last week, it was Clarence Thomas crossing over to join the liberals in a 5-4 class action decision. The week before that, it…
Justice Thomas Breaks Tie This Time: Weekly Recap
May 29 • 26 min
Last week, Justice Gorsuch cast the tie-breaking vote to join his more liberal colleagues in an American Indian treaty case. The week before, it was Justice Kavanaugh crossing over on antitrust. This week, the latest contestant on Join-the-Liberals is the…
Gorsuch’s Turn to Join the Liberals: Weekly Recap
May 22 • 12 min
Last week, Justice Kavanaugh cast the tie-breaking vote to join the liberals in an antitrust case. But this week, it’s the other Trump appointee crossing over. Justice Gorsuch sided with American Indian treaty rights for the second time this term. Hosts…
The Death Penalty Wars: Weekly Recap
May 14 • 20 min
As the U.S. Supreme Court enters the “flood season”—that time of the year when the justices try to get out all the outstanding opinions before wrapping up the term at the end of June—Cases and Controversies will bring you weekly updates of the latest…
Sentencing and the Census: Deep Dive
May 1 • 52 min
The U.S. Supreme Court heard its last batch of oral arguments for the 2018 term— including the highly anticipated census dispute in which congressional apportionment and hundreds of billions of dollars hang in the balance. Law professor Leah Litman joins…
Sneek Peek: Census, Blood Draws, & Mens Rea
Apr 20 • 16 min
This is the “Cases and Controversies” SCOTUS Sneak Peek podcast for the week of April 22—the last week of arguments for the court’s 2018 term. The justices have a stacked schedule, with seven cases set for argument during the three-day session. On Tuesday…
Sneak Peek: Scandalous Marks, Vague Laws
Apr 13 • 8 min
It’s time for the Cases and Controversies SCOTUS Sneak Peek podcast for the week of April 15. The justices kick off the last sitting of the term with arguments in six cases this week, including ones on “scandalous” trademarks, securities suits, and a law…
Deep Dive: Census Hits High Court
Apr 8 • 28 min
The justices will hear arguments on April 23 from lawyers from the Trump administration and New York State on the hot-button issue of whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was within his rights to add a question for the 2020 census asking whether people…
Deep Dive: Thomas Speaks!
Apr 2 • 52 min
This week’s episode features former Assistant to the Solicitor General Elaine Goldenberg, who is now in the D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Goldenberg and co-hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin break down arguments over partisan…
Sneak Peek: Partisan Gerrymandering & Agency Deference
Mar 23 • 11 min
It’s time for the Cases and Controversies SCOTUS Sneak Peek for the week of March 25. The justices will hear arguments in five cases this week, including two of the biggest disputes of the term: partisan gerrymandering and government agency deference.…
Sneak Peek: Gerrymandering, Whistleblowers, & Juries
Mar 16 • 8 min
It’s time for the Cases and Controversies SCOTUS Sneak Peek for the week of March 18. The justices will hear four cases this week, including disputes over racial gerrymandering, whistleblower lawsuits, and racial discrimination in jury selection. Hosts:…
Deep Dive: Partisan Gerrymandering Back at SCOTUS
Mar 2 • 21 min
On this edition of SCOTUS Deep Dive, we’ll take a look at the partisan gerrymandering challenges out of North Carolina and Maryland that the court will hear in back-to-back arguments March 26. Partisan gerrymandering has confounded the Supreme Court for…
Sneak Peek: Speech, Supervised Release, & Religion
Feb 22 • 8 min
It’s time for the SCOTUS Sneak Peek for the week of Feb. 25. The justices will hear four cases this week, including a dispute over a cross-shaped WWI monument in Maryland. It’s one of the most high-profile disputes of this term. Hosts: Kimberly Robinson…
Sneak Peek: Patents, Bankruptcy, & RBG’s Return?
Feb 15 • 5 min
This is your SCOTUS Sneak Peek of the cases in front of the justices the week of Feb. 19. They return from their winter break to take on a whopping two cases: one on patents and the other on bankruptcy and trademarks. Will the Notorious RBG re-join her…
Sneak Peek: Court Takes on a Case of Wine
Jan 11 • 6 min
This is your SCOTUS Sneak Peek of the cases in front of the justices the week of Jan. 14. For now, the high court is still open, and it will tackle cases about immunity on the Tennessee River, the government taking your property, and states regulating…
Sneak Peek: Debt, Trademarks, & a Three-Peat
Jan 4 • 4 min
The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off 2019 with five arguments ranging from FDA preemption to foreclosures to tribal rights. Bloomberg Law summarizes those arguments, and gets you up to speed on the latest SCOTUS three-peat to hit the high court. Hosts:…
Tricky Texas Death Penalty Case Back at SCOTUS
Jan 3 • 7 min
A Texas district attorney says a convicted murderer shouldn’t be executed, due to his intellectual disability. But the Texas state court disagreed, and now the case of Bobby James Moore is back at the U.S. Supreme Court after he already won a case there…
Supremely Funny: Robots, Ashtrays, & Nutless Brownies
Dec 19, 2018 • 9 min
What makes Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s mind run wild? Is Justice Stephen Breyer just making it up as he goes along? And what’s the essence of a brownie? These are just a few of the questions the justices tackled this year during some of lighter moments at…
Deep Dive, Attorney General Edition: Constitutional Crisis?
Dec 9, 2018 • 19 min
President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General has prompted a “constitutional crisis,” says Tom Goldstein, the veteran U.S. Supreme Court lawyer and publisher of SCOTUSblog, who is challenging Whitaker’s appointment at the…
Sneak Peek: Money, Patents, & Gambling
Nov 30, 2018 • 7 min
This is your SCOTUS Sneak Peek of the cases in front of the justices the week of December 3, featuring taxes, patents, and whether a big double jeopardy case could be a boon to convicts in President Trump’s orbit. Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan…
Sneak Peek: iPhones, Land Rovers, and Reservations
Nov 21, 2018 • 5 min
This is your SCOTUS Sneak Peek of the cases in front of the court the week of November 26, where the justices will take on questions about iPhones, Land Rovers, and whether half of Oklahoma is sitting on an American Indian reservation. Hosts: Kimberly…
Deep Dive: Female Justices, Kavanaugh’s Surprising Questions and 48-Hour Arguments
Nov 16, 2018 • 22 min
The U.S. Supreme Court just wrapped up its November sitting. Bloomberg Law discusses the female justices’ approach to arguments, surprising questions from new-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and how one advocate survived two high court arguments over a 48-hour…
Sneak Peek: Federalism, Executions, and Hovercrafts
Nov 1, 2018 • 7 min
This is your SCOTUS Sneak Peek of the cases in front of the justices the week of November 5, which will touch on federalism, executions, and, a high court favorite, hovercrafts. Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin. Producer: Nicholas…
Sneak Peek: Class Actions, Criminal Appeals, & Cougars
Oct 26, 2018 • 13 min
Class actions, criminal appeals, and cougars dominate the first week of arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming “November sitting.” In the inaugural episode of Cases and Controversies SCOTUS Sneak Peek, Bloomberg Law’s legal reporters break down…
Justice Kavanaugh’s First Arguments
Oct 15, 2018 • 18 min
After a bitter confirmation battle, Justice Brett Kavanaugh finally took the Supreme Court bench for oral arguments. Bloomberg Law recaps how he got there, discusses his demeanor during arguments, and highlights relationships to watch. Hosts: Kimberly…
What’s Next for SCOTUS After Fiery Confirmation Hearing?
Sep 28, 2018 • 18 min
The extraordinary opening statement by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Sept. 27 hearing was forceful at times, tearful at others. But Kavanaugh also condemned Democratic senators for their attacks on him, saying he was the target of a…
SCOTUS Long Conference; Kavanaugh Long Shot?
Sep 21, 2018 • 23 min
The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court is suddenly in doubt after Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens. Now the question is whether she’ll testify against him before the Republican-led Senate…
Kavanaugh Hearings: How to Watch
Sep 3, 2018 • 22 min
Four days of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh kick off Sept. 4. Bloomberg Law’s Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin discuss the likely focal points as the now-Judge gets grilled by Republican and Democratic senators on…
Will Trump’s Tariffs Live Up to His Campaign Promises?
Aug 15, 2018 • 28 min
President Donald Trump has floated the idea of aiding farmers with a $12 billion package amid the recent barrage of U.S. tariffs — a clear anticipation of the tariffs’ impact on U.S. jobs. Agricultural groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation have…
The Trump Pardon Podcast
Aug 7, 2018 • 15 min
We know Donald Trump’s presidency has been unconventional. That’s true for his clemency grants, too. Trump’s gotten a quicker start on that score than his recent predecessors. And he’s also bucked the norm of waiting for recommendations from the Justice…
Trump’s Judicial Victory
Jul 23, 2018 • 12 min
Just last week, the Trump administration broke the record for the most circuit court judges confirmed. Bloomberg Government Congressional reporter Nancy Ognanovich and Bloomberg Law legal editor Patrick Gregory join this Cases and Controversies podcast to…
That’s a Wrap on SCOTUS… Sort Of
Jul 3, 2018 • 15 min
The Supreme Court wrapped up its 2017 term on June 27, handing down a string of 5-4 decisions. Although the court won’t be back in session until October, there’s sure to be a lot of Supreme Court news, as the President and Senate move to fill the vacancy…
After Masterpiece: Advocates Eye Next Battles
Jun 8, 2018 • 21 min
Bloomberg Law’s Jordan Rubin and Kimberly Robinson break down the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest big—but, yes, narrow!—decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop. They’re joined by the ACLU’s David Cole, who represented the same-sex couple turned away from the shop,…
Supremely Funny: The Funniest Moments from the 2017 Term
May 15, 2018 • 12 min
Power up your cellular telephones, grab some carrots, and pop in your favorite French comedy as Bloomberg Law’s Jordan Rubin and Kimberly Robinson break down the funniest moments from the Supreme Court’s 2017 term. And be sure to vote for your favorite…