Prof. Epps Launches Seasonal SCOTUS Podcast

Professor Daniel Epps has teamed with Ian Samuel of Harvard Law School to create First Mondays, a seasonal podcast about the Supreme Court.

The duo plans to release a podcast each week the Court is in session in which they discuss upcoming cases, the major – and occasionally not-so-major – arguments, as well as offer analysis of opinions. 

“With First Mondays, we’re hoping to reach a wide audience,” Epps says. “We’re expecting that a lot of listeners will be appellate lawyers, but we’re hoping that non-experts, and non-lawyers, listen too.”  

Samuel agrees, saying that First Mondays “is designed to translate the sometimes arcane vocabulary of Supreme Court litigation into language that anyone can understand.”  

While covering meaty legal topics, the two hosts also hope to keep the podcast entertaining. The second episode, posted Monday, October 10, covers Justice Stephen Breyer’s interest in Kim Kardashian; a former Acting Solicitor General’s taste in indie rock; and the quality of the food in the Supreme Court cafeteria. 

Episodes of the podcast are available here. First Mondays also has a twitter feed that stays up to date on all things Supreme Court.

The first podcast, posted Monday, October 3, focuses on the October Term 2016 at the Supreme Court, including the process for selecting cases, known as the Long Conference. They also preview Shaw v. United States, Salman v. United States, Buck v. Davis, and Bravo-Fernandez v. United States.

Epps joined the WashULaw faculty this summer. He teaches criminal law and procedure, and his scholarship analyzes the criminal justice system using tools and insights of structural public law and institutional design. He also has a strong interest in the Supreme Court. He clerked for Associate Justice Antho­ny M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States during the October 2009 Term. He is an experienced Supreme Court practitioner, and has worked as a lawyer on several important Supreme Court cases in the last few years, including Ocasio v. United States last term.

Samuel is a current Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard. His scholarship focuses on cyberlaw and its intersection with criminal law, security, and intellectual property. He was a law clerk for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.