Comedian of Law

Learn & Laugh with the Comedian of Law.

Joel Oster reviews legal happenings, Supreme Court cases and other legal news, all with a healthy dose of humor.

De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June 23rd, 2021

On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision on NCAA v. Alston. The case dealt with antitrust law and whether the NCAA could neglect to pay their student athletes based on the the premise of "amateurism." In an unanimous decision, the Court upheld the lower court's opinion that barred the NCAA from restricting education-related benefits like computers, instruments, and internships. 


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This week, Joel is joined by Mackenzie Smith to review recent Supreme Court happenings. Will Justice Breyer retire? Are the justices making a statement about court packing with their 9-0 unanimous decisions? Joel and Mackenzie dig into these questions as well as the major cases that the Court decided this past week. First, they get into Terry v. The United States, drug sentencing and the First Step Act, and the difference between crack and powder cocaine. Next, they get into California v. Texas and the evolution of Obamacare before the Supreme Court. They discuss what the Affordable Care Act looks like with a zero penalty mandate. Finally, they debrief Fulton v. The City of Philadelphia. This case dealt with the Catholic church and whether the city could deny working with the Catholic church in the foster care system due to its religious beliefs about marriage. Listen for an analysis of recent SCOTUS news!

De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June. 18th, 2021

Yesterday was a big day on the Supreme Court. The Court released its decision on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, dismissing the challenge based on standing. This wasn't Obamacare's first time before the Court, so we review past constitutional questions and what the future of the ACA may look like. The Court also came to a 9-0 agreement in the case of Fulton v. Philadelphia. This case dealt with the Catholic church and whether the city could deny working with the Catholic church in the foster care system due to its religious beliefs about marriage.

Debriefing the Law, Daily Update | June 15th, 2021

In today's update, Joel reviews yesterday's Supreme Court decisions: Terry v. United States and Greer v. United States. In Terry v. U.S., the Court discusses a Congressional mistake on how cocaine law has been ruled on previously. Apparently, there were different sentencing for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. In Greer v. U.S., the Court rules on the timeline a lawyer has to bring up any trial mistakes. 

Stay tuned for more updates as the Supreme Court still has many major decisions coming out this month!

In today's episode, Joel and Amy discuss a lawsuit against the Queen of England for $32 trillion. Let's hope the attorney got his retainer upfront. Then, Joel explores other crazy and frivolous cases. They also go over deposition preparation and what the worst answer a client can give is. Finally, Joel and Amy dive into recent Supreme Court cases and big decisions still to come.

De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, June 11th, 2021

Two Senators want to know the Supreme Court Justices' travel history, probably because they didn't want to miss bingo night at the casino. The Court decides what qualifies as a "violent felony" in the Armed Criminal Care Act. And finally, Joel gives a preview of some of the biggest Supreme Court decisions still to come.

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Debriefing the Law, Daily Update, June 9th, 2021

It's officially Supreme Court Sweeps Season! This means June will be full of Supreme Court decisions and updates that we are happy to report so you can stay up to date on breaking news in the legal landscape. 

In today's update, we talk about SCOTUS decisions around computer abuse at work, the Court denying to weigh in on women in combat, and the future of abortion law.

Stay tuned to Comedian of Law this month as we continue to update you on major Supreme Court news!

Mackenzie Smith is back on Comedian of Law! She updates us on her run for public office as district judge. Joel tests her judicial skills on some new wacky cases such as the murder of an iguana!? Joel and Mackenzie also debrief recent Supreme Court cases. They discuss the weighty implications of the word "so," police officers taking bribes, and whether students can be disciplined for their speech and social media usage outside of school.

In this episode, Joel and Mackenzie review the following Supreme Court cases:

- Van Buren v. United States, discussing the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act and officer bribes

- Denver Bible Church v. Polis, discussing church Covid policy and what cases should go before the Supreme Court 

- Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L, discussing the First Amendment based on a teen cheerleader's Snapchat language that led to her being cut from her team

- Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, discussing religious rights, discrimination, and foster care 

Our favorite return guest, Scott Briscoe, is back with more hilarious free legal tips. Scott gives us an inside look into his legal practice in West Virginia and all of the wild stories he encounters there. He documents his cases by dishing out "Free Legal Tips" based on real interactions with his clients. In this episode, Joel and Scott discuss why it's not a good idea to flash your significant other in court, how there is a need for more sex and medical education for clients, and why offering a police officer pills isn't your best move. To avoid these legal blunders and get a good laugh, listen to Scott's sage advice in this episode!

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This week, Joel and Amy take up a recent Supreme Court case around a cheerleader who was suspended from her team for dropping F-bombs on her Snapchat. They discuss the legal merits, 1st Amendment rights, and whether the punishment was just. Next, a women was pulled over and found out she was a wanted felon for not returning a VHS tape in the 90s. Makes us wonder how many of us are unsuspecting felons with forgotten library books and unreturned movies. Finally, Joel and Amy preview an upcoming Supreme Court case about guns in the state of New York.

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