July 18, 2024

Short Circuit 333 | Live at Hogan Lovells!

We join forces with the law firm of Hogan Lovells to bring you some “legal mumbo jumbo”—an episode recorded at their offices in Washington, D.C. […]

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July 11, 2024

Short Circuit 332 | Not-So Government Speech

This episode is a First Amendment 2-4-1. We begin with James Dickey of the Upper Midwest Law Center (and former golf pro). James tells us […]

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July 02, 2024

Short Circuit 331 | The British Are Coming

The Fourth of July holds a central place in American history. The day patriots threw off the shackles of King George. Which is why it’s […]

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June 28, 2024

Short Circuit 330 | Pretext Takings

Everybody knows that the government can’t take property from you just because it doesn’t like you. But what if the government says it actually wants […]

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June 22, 2024

Short Circuit 329 | Much Ado About Nothing

Is “perceived speech” protected by the First Amendment? That straightforward question goes in a very complicated direction when a truck driver is fired from his […]

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June 12, 2024

Short Circuit 328 | A Modest Proposal

It’s a Short Circuit Live, recorded at the Institute for Justice’s annual law student conference! Patrick Jaicomo is your host, and he brings along IJ’s […]

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June 10, 2024

Unpublished Opinions 7 | Ignorant Bliss

Another episode of that podcast that’s not Short Circuit but features Institute for Justice attorneys talking about the law. Anya Bidwell rejoins the panel while […]

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June 06, 2024

Short Circuit 327 | Conference Realignment

If you’re a fan of our furry friends (actual animals, that is) then this is the episode for you. First, we start with what’s important: […]

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May 30, 2024

Short Circuit 326 | Modesty of Our Lexicographers

First of all: PARENTAL ADVISORY! If you have children nearby you might want to save part of this episode for later. It doesn’t happen until […]

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May 23, 2024

Short Circuit 325 | This Is a Racket

How does history inform our interpretation of the Constitution? In all kinds of ways, it seems, and perhaps in too many of them. We once […]

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May 16, 2024

Short Circuit 324 | The Battle for Your Brain

We take a break from the federal courts of appeals and look into a brave new world—or is it an Orwellian one? Our thoughts—our inner […]

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May 08, 2024

Short Circuit 323 | Poor Behavior

We’re gonna read you the Riot Act. Again. An old friend of Short Circuit returns, the Anti-Riot Act. Perhaps (?) named in homage to its […]

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May 02, 2024

Short Circuit 322 | Neighbors

Stories we hope our listeners can relate to this week: borrowing cars and lousy neighbors. First, from the Sixth Circuit, IJ’s Rob Frommer details how […]

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April 29, 2024

Unpublished Opinions 6 | Little Contract Tricks

It’s been a while but we’re back with an episode of Unpublished Opinions. Herein IJ attorneys Anya Bidwell, Patrick Jaicomo, and your host talk about […]

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April 25, 2024

Short Circuit 321 | A Tale of Two Prisons

We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of this podcast. But if we could we’d tell you all about the CIA’s involvement in a […]

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April 19, 2024

Short Circuit 320 | Spy Cameras

We revisit an issue that’s really coming into focus: cameras on poles and how they stand up to the Fourth Amendment. Mike Greenberg of IJ […]

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April 12, 2024

Short Circuit 319 | Baptism By Venue

Two wild stories this week, one biblical and one of a more secular nature—but still wild. Jeff Redfern of IJ tells of a Texan judicial […]

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April 05, 2024

Short Circuit 318 | Is Coding Speech?

An all Seventh Circuit, all Chicago episode. IJ attorney Andrew Ward drops in to tell a tale of online support for terrorists. Or at least […]

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March 29, 2024

Short Circuit 317 | Live at the University of Virginia!

The Short Circuit roadshow comes to UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia, where we finally focus on the Fourth Circuit. Fresh off her Supreme Court argument last […]

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March 22, 2024

Short Circuit 316 | Unaccountable

Is qualified immunity a narrow doctrine focused on protecting the police when they make “split second decisions”? If you listen to its defenders you would […]

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March 14, 2024

Short Circuit 315 | A Day at the Races

A bit of a free speech derby this week, one opinion about free speech itself and another about how to just get to the First […]

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March 07, 2024

Short Circuit 314 | That's Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Everyone says we need more housing, right? Not all local governments agree. Maybe they’re fine with more housing over there but not where developers actually […]

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March 01, 2024

Short Circuit 313 | Memo From a Robot

A special episode on artificial intelligence and the law, including how we find the law. Ed Walters, a pioneer in bringing AI to legal research, […]

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February 22, 2024

Short Circuit 312 | The Power of FERC

An electric episode where we just might short the circuits. That’s because we dive into some capital “D” Drama at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. […]

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February 14, 2024

Short Circuit 311 | SCOTUS Ladies

We’re joined by the SCOTUS Ladies, two “Supreme Court super fans.” They are Anastasia Boden and Elizabeth Slattery and they’re here to talk about their […]

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February 09, 2024

Short Circuit 310 | Opening the Vaults

The Ninth Circuit recently had some pretty harsh words for the FBI’s egregious behavior when the Bureau decided to crack open some vaults in Los […]

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February 05, 2024

Unpublished Opinions 5 | Legal Fictions

It’s the latest episode of Unpublished Opinions, a Short Circuit podcast (but not actually Short Circuit). This is the podcast where Institute for Justice attorneys […]

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January 31, 2024

Short Circuit 309 | O’Scannlain O’Rama

It’s a clerk reunion this week, at least for two former clerks of Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the Ninth Circuit. We welcome back David Lat […]

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January 25, 2024

Short Circuit 308 | Burns Night

A more poetic Short Circuit this week. Coinciding with his birthday, January 25th, and with the phenomenon that it is these days, we pay homage […]

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January 18, 2024

Short Circuit 307 | Working Both Sides of the Bench

An “utterly bonkers” case this week. Jaba Tsitsuashvili, attorney at IJ and attorney for his client Erma Wilson, tells us about the Fifth Circuit’s recent […]

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