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.

A lot has gone down since Joel and Mackenzie last debriefed the law. In this episode, they will cover the Capitol attacks, President Trump's second impeachment, and lawsuits from $1 to $1.3 billion. 

Joel and Mackenzie discuss the differences between the riot at the Capitol and the riots that occurred last summer. They go over Trump's controversial statements and whether they are protected under the constitution. Therefore, they discuss the merits and circumstances around Trump's impeachment. Finally, they review the arguments that came before the Supreme Court this week about whether cases can be brought forth for just $1. 


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De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Jan. 14th, 2021

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether cases can be brought before the court for one dollar. $1 can’t even get you much at the Dollar General anymore, but can it get you justice in court? Also, we review the comments from lawyer Dan Eckhart on defending Adam Johnson, the man smiling with Speaker Pelosi’s lectern in the Capitol attacks. 

We took a break from our Daily Updates over the holidays, but now we are back!

Jan. 11th, 2021

After last week’s attack on the Capitol, impeachment talk has been prevalent. However, the logistics and legality of impeaching Trump are questionable. With a Biden presidency less than two weeks away, it seems unlikely that the impeachment proceedings will move through the House and the Senate in time. Especially since the next day that Senate meets is on Jan. 20th— the day of Biden’s inauguration. Given that impeachment is intended to remove someone from office, it seems unlikely that Biden will want to start off his presidency by impeaching someone no longer holding office. We will see how it all plays out. 

Joel and Mackenzie review the wild year that was 2020. From their personal New Year's resolutions to Covid to the election, they debrief it all. Joel and Mackenzie discuss the merit or lack thereof of the many election lawsuits. They cover the recent phone call between Trump and the Georgia Secretary of State, news headlines, impeachment, social media in politics, and so much more. 2020 had a lot in store for all of us, and the legal world was no exception. Listen for some reflection on the many legal happenings of 2020. 

This week, Comedian of Law interviews Alexandra Sabalier. Alexandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is as an attorney at law in the Washington D.C. Bar, and is currently a resident of Berlin, Germany. As a travel-lover and expat herself, Alexandra has learned the ins and outs of tax and immigration and offers her legal expertise to world travelers on these topics.

In this episode, Joel and Alexandra discuss Alexandra's career as an international tax and U.S. immigration lawyer. She also gives us an inside look at what it's like to live in Berlin— from the German opinion of America to their approach to Covid and the holidays. Alexandra is a wealth of information on the legal side of international living. Listen to learn more about international tax law, Alexandra's career journey, and living abroad. 


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Comedian of Law is all about finding the intersection between humor and the law, which is why we were thrilled to interview Negin Yazdani. Negin is an in-house lawyer in the video game industry and stand-up comedian on the side.

In this episode, Joel and Negin discuss Negin's career path, what it means to negotiate, and the day-to-day of an in-house lawyer. With her experience in comedy, Negin has learned how to find the funny in life, even in the more unpleasant things. Listen as she and Joel discuss how to find humor when it seems elusive, how personal experiences make for good jokes, and how spaces like law and business can benefit from comedy. 

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De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Dec. 15th, 2020

Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Barr turned in his resignation. He couldn’t stick it out one month longer. Not sure we blame him. Also, yesterday, the Electoral College casted their votes for our president and Joe Biden won. Again. Will this be the end of election lawsuits? It’s too soon to tell. However, it isn’t too soon to call Jill Biden by her deserved title of Dr. Biden. Though, I can’t help but wonder if lawyers feel a bit slighted by not getting to go by doctor even with their juris-doctor degree. Oh well.

What a week to debrief! Don’t mess with Texas, or they’ll sue in you in the Supreme Court. Texas files a lawsuit against 4 states at the US Supreme Court. Talk about your last minute Hail Mary pass. Plus, Facebook is apparently a big company. The FTC and several states have sued Facebook for anti-trust violations. 

In this episode, Joel and Mackenzie dive into the standing and merits of the Texas lawsuit, original jurisdiction, and the implications if the Court takes up this case. Mackenzie is on fire this episode with her hot takes. So much so, her fire alarm goes off, forcing her building to evacuate mid-recording. Don't miss this fiery episode as Joel and Mackenzie unpack all of the major issues of the law this week.

Darren Heitner is a sports and contract lawyer, contributor to Above the Law, creator of Sports Agent Blog, and adjunct professor. Darren has worked with a multitude of professional athletes and with his motto of "Just Do Something," he has amassed an impressive career portfolio within the sports law world. 

In this episode, Joel taps into Darren's wealth of knowledge about sports and the law. They discuss Darren's alma mater University of Florida's sports legacy, how one ends up in sports law, and the impact of Covid in professional sports. Additionally, Joel and Darren give their takes on popular sports law cases.

This episode is for all you sports fans out there. 


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De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, Dec. 8th, 2020

We all know the Hail Mary is a desperate play in football when the quarterback throws the ball high into the endzone and just hopes for the best. Well, it seems as though the Trump team is playing their Hail Mary with the attempt to halt the vote certification process of the election results in Pennsylvania. Time is running out on these election lawsuits with the electoral college meeting on December 14th. Also, a woman gave birth while taking the bar exam! Listen to the Update for the details.

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