About

Strict Scrutiny, a project of The Appeal, is a podcast about the United States Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it.

But it’s more than that.

The people who have been considered SCOTUS “experts” have frequently played to a particular type.  They’re often men.  They’re often DC insiders. And their reflections on the Court are often framed in super serious terms.

That’s where we come in.  We’re not your average SCOTUS commentators.  Yes, we’re three law professors.  And yes, we might be getting older (even though we’re young at heart).

But we’re also swimmers, mothers (of humans and dogs), and celebrity gossip enthusiasts.  We’re three women who practice before and write about the Court in our professional lives. We have a different voice–one that celebrates the contributions and opinions of women and people of color.  We want to provide intelligent and in-depth legal analysis alongside our unvarnished, respectfully irreverent takes. And we want to do it in a way that is accessible to a variety of listeners, including Supreme Court regulars, lawyers just dipping a toe into the appellate world, law students, and members of the public who are looking for a window into the Court’s decisions, as well as its culture, personalities, and folkways.

We think SCOTUS is serious business—but we don’t take ourselves or the Court too seriously. We’ve got hot takes, jokes, and a lot to say.

So we’re going to say it.  Buckle up.

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