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.

This week on Courtroom Quarterback, Joel and Chris review the last week in football. They analyze Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and their recent performances. Joel questions the future of his hometown team, the Chiefs. They discuss whether they can get back on track to make the playoffs again. Lastly, Joel and Chris review their predictions from last week and reflect on why they shouldn't gamble. Then, they place their bets for the coming games.

This week, Joel joins Chris from out on the open seas. They quickly debrief mask mandates as Joel notices mask-wearing trends in his international travels. They also revisit Texas abortion law as a new lawsuit has been filed. The lawsuit demonstrates how citizens are made to enforce the law, not the state. Joel and Chris review the last week in NFL games. They break down the role of the running back. And lastly, they predict wins in the upcoming games.

This week, Joel and Mackenzie jump back into the legal news as the Supreme Court summer break comes to an end. First, Joel and Mackenzie address the legality of vaccine mandates. They question whether a mandate at this point is an effective solution. They also review the California recall vote for Gov. Newsom. Finally, they turn the the Supreme Court cases on the docket this week. First up is a case on illegal gambling based on a law from 1798 that allows any citizen in Kentucky to bring forth a lawsuit against the gambling institutions. Next, a man hires a hitman to kill himself and the hitman failed. Is this illegal? Who's culpable? Lastly, they discuss a SWAT team stand-off that is interrupted by a naked woman in a golf cart. 

In the Courtroom Quarterback segment (beginning at 43:20), Joel and Chris jump right into week one of the NFL. They review Aaron Rodgers' performance and his Green Bay contract.  They also dig into rivalries and conference realignment and how that has impacted game play and the sports industry.

Comedian of Law is back after a summer break! Joel Oster and Mackenzie Smith kick off the episode with a story involving a spaghetti-covered domestic dispute. They talk about worst day in the courtroom in light of Elon Musk's lawyer vomiting in the jury box. Joel and Mackenzie talk Supreme Court, the new Texas abortion law, and what to expect moving forward. They also give an update on #FreeBritney.

This episode also features the first edition of Courtroom Quarterback, a segment in which Joel and Chris Marohn dig into all things sports and law. The segment starts at 46:30 if you want to jump right to it. Today, Joel and Chris share what they are looking forward to most this NFL season. They also review the Deshaun Watson case and how vaccination impacts player's pay.


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Introducing a new segment to the Comedian of Law podcast: Courtroom Quarterback.

As a massive sports fan, Joel Oster is bringing his humorous legal takes to the sports arena. Joel is joined by fellow sports fanatic and legal professional, Christopher Marohn. Joel and Chris will review major athletics news, discuss the GOATs, and debrief where games and the law overlap. 

You'll find Courtroom Quarterback featured in the latter half of the weekly podcast, starting this Friday. Enjoy this short teaser of the segment! 

This week, Joel and Mackenzie Smith talk about the latest updates on Britney Spears, travel, and recent Supreme Court news. They discuss the legal definition of conservatorship and the permanent nature of the situation. Joel and Mackenzie break down the law on control over medical decisions under conservatorship and Britney's birth control. They also exchange travel horror stories. Lastly, they discuss the Supreme Court's decision to not hear a case on a florist denying a same-sex couple flowers for their wedding. They break down how the Court has dealt with this issue in the past. 

De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, July 2nd, 2021

In this Fourth of July edition of the Update, we dig into why the 1st Amendment makes America so great. Despite the many mistakes this country has made (most recently, freeing Bill Cosby instead of Brittney Spears), our freedoms are still worth celebrating!

Wishing you a great weekend!


In this episode, Joel is joined by Mackenzie Smith to discuss this week's legal happenings. As the public has been calling to "Free Brittney," the legal system apparently misunderstood and released Bill Cosby instead. Joel and Mackenzie dig into why this happened, the history of the case, and the procedural issues that led to his release. Next, they discuss the Supreme Court cases released this week. They talk about the major voting rights case based in Arizona in the 2020 election. The case brought up the question of whether certain voting practices were racially-motivated. Finally, Joel and Mackenzie give an additional overview of more Supreme Court issues.


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De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, July 1st, 2021

In today's update, we wish the Justices a happy summer vacation as they finish up their term after today's decisions. We discuss a case on transgender rights to school restrooms that the Court declined to hear. We also talk about the voting rights case about Arizona voting practices regarding harvesting ballots and precinct voting. Lastly, we get into California's losses this Supreme Court season, including today's decision about releasing donor lists. 

This past Monday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the NCAA and how it compensates student athletes. Joel is joined by Christopher Marohn to talk about NCAA v. Alston. After sharing their love of sports, Joel and Chris dig into the legal details of the case. The athletes claim that NCAA compensation violates anti-trust law. The NCAA hinges its argument and defense on the idea of “amateurism” and that part of the allure of college sports is that money isn’t the key motivator for players. Joel and Chris reflect on the history of pay in college sports and how that impacts this decision. They also explore the NCAA business model and how a billion dollar business can get away without paying its workforce. The Court rules 9-0 in favor of the student athletes, ruling that there cannot be restrictions on education-related compensation. Listen for a thorough exploration of sports pay and the ramifications of this case.

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