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SCOTUS Deep Dive: LGBT Discrimination, Puerto Rico (PODCAST)

Oct. 21, 2019, 8:50 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first oral argument session of the 2019 term is in the books, and Cases and Controversies hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin break it down on this Deep Dive recap episode.

The hosts dive into the contentious arguments over whether federal law bars employment discrimination against LGBT employees, a closely-watched dispute where Justice Neil Gorsuch could hold the deciding vote.

They also interview a first-time advocate, Jessica E. Méndez Colberg, a Ponce, Puerto Rico, attorney who represented labor interests at the 80-minute, star-packed argument featuring two former U.S. solicitors general over the fate of the island’s oversight board.

Kimberly and Jordan also examine the court’s new “two-minute rule,” where the justices—in theory, at least—are supposed to allow lawyers to speak uninterrupted at the beginning of their arguments.

Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin

Guest: Jessica E. Méndez Colberg

Producer: RJ Jewell

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