Leah Litman

Leah is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School. She clerked for Judge Sutton on the Sixth Circuit and Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Leah researches and writes about the Supreme Court, federal post-conviction review and habeas corpus, and the construction of federalism and the separation of powers. She also maintains an active pro bono practice. In addition to federal sentencing and all things SCOTUS, Leah’s other favorite conversation topics are her mini golden doodle puppy, Stevie Nicks, and reality television, particularly RuPaul’s Drag Race. In her quiet moments, Leah reminds herself of Bianca Del Rio (or Sasha Velour, during her finale lip syncs).

Melissa Murray

Melissa is a Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice and writes about the legal regulation of intimate life. Melissa clerked for Judge Stefan Underhill on the District of Connecticut and for Justice Sotomayor when she served on the Second Circuit. When she’s not reading the SCOTUS tea leaves, she’s practicing the violin, reading People magazine, and keeping up with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Seriously.

Kate Shaw

Kate is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, in New York City. She teaches Legislation, Administrative Law, and a seminar on the Supreme Court, and writes about executive power, the law of democracy, and reproductive rights and justice. She worked in the Obama White House Counsel’s Office, and before that was a clerk to Justice Stevens and Judge Posner. One of her fondest memories of clerking is explaining to Judge Posner the meaning of “furry.”

Melody Rowell


Melody is a writer and radio producer living in Kansas City, Missouri.
She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. For two and a half years, she worked in photography at National Geographic as a coordinator for the magazine and an assistant editor for the news team. She moved from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, Missouri, to produce Central Standard, a daily talk show about arts and culture from KCUR. Under her leadership, the show was named “Best Talk Show” by the Kansas City Press Club for the first time. She also edited an hour-long special episode on climate change in Kansas City, which won a regional Edward R. Murrow award in 2021. As a freelancer, she worked with NPR’s 1A, Man Repeller’s The Call, and First Mondays. Prior to her career in media, she served as the aide to Justice Elena Kagan.

Melody holds a master’s degree in Nonfiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from the Oxbridge Honors Program at William Jewell College with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Theory. She also has a certificate from an 8-week beekeeping class, but that’s another story. Her downtime is dedicated to snuggling her shelter mutt Polly, cross-stitching while bingeing on podcasts, and listening to live bluegrass music.

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