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Boom! Lawyered: What It’s Like to Argue—and Win—at the Supreme Court

Julie Rikelman of the Center for Reproductive Rights did the unthinkable in 2020: as the lead attorney representing June Medical in June Medical Services v. Russo, she convinced Chief Justice John Roberts to sign onto a decision protecting abortion rights! She joins Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy to discuss what it’s like to argue before the Supreme Court, to try and get some sleep the night before, and to call your client to deliver news of the win.

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the Supreme Court.

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Boom! Lawyered: Rapid Reaction — Supreme Court Protects DREAMers

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

For the second time in a week, the Supreme Court came down on the side of justice! On Thursday morning, it blocked the Trump administration's efforts to rescind DACA in a 5-4 decision. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the decision, how Justice Sotomayor added an extra dollop of truth, and whether Trump has any hope of finding a workaround.

Title VII and LGBTQ equality take center stage at the Supreme Court.

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Boom! Lawyered: Rapid Reaction — Supreme Court Protects LGBTQ Employees

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

A big Supreme Court decision just arrived, and it's comprehensively awesome. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court confirmed that "an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law." In this emergency episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo react to the decision — written by Neil Gorsuch, of all people — and the extremely salty dissent.

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Boom! Lawyered: How to Defund the Police

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Racism is baked into the U.S. model of policing. More and more people are starting to believe that no amount of "reform" will help; a full tear-down is required. But what does "defunding the police" actually mean? What would happen to people who need to report a crime? And are we sure the police have ever actually been effective at any of the services they're supposed to provide? Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo dive into those questions and more on the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered.

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