Podcast Series: Don’t Throw Up Your Hands, Become A Lawyer!

Maybe you’re concerned how President Trump’s agenda will impact the United States’ status as a world superpower. Maybe you’re concerned about what impact his agenda may have on your individual rights. Or, maybe, you’re just not really sure what all the fuss is about anyway.

Join respected Constitutional Law professors as they use President Trump’s recent wins (and losses) as a backdrop to provide podcast listeners with a straightforward explanation of the various terms being batted around in the media these days (e.g., standing, separation of powers, federalism, the confirmation process for cabinet secretaries and Supreme Court nominees, and, ultimately, potential impacts on individual rights). Learn whether the United States is really on the brink of a constitutional crisis and whether (more) lawyers and an independent judiciary could be the only way to prevent it from happening. It’s free, so what do you have to lose… except, possibly some of your rights?

Part 1: President Trump’s Agenda: What It Means for Federalism & Separation of Powers

Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes | Listen Now >

Panelists will examine how the U.S. Constitution establishes the three co-equal branches of the federal government: the judiciary, the legislative, and the executive. The conversation will explore why our Founders created a government of limited powers and how each branch acts independently as a check on the power of the other branches. Our panelists will then discuss how President Trump seeks to use executive orders and a Republican-controlled congress to pursue his political agenda; and how an independent judiciary can be used to ensure that any changes comply with the U.S. Constitution.


  • Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law, Fordham Law School
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law

Part 2: President Trump’s Agenda: Potential Impacts on Individual Rights

Duration: 52 minutes | Listen Now >

Panelists will examine the individual rights expressly reserved for individuals in the the U.S. Constitution (e.g., Bill of Rights) as well as those interpreted by the Supreme Court to be implied (e.g., Right to Privacy). Our panelists will discuss how President Trump’s political agenda, and a shift in the makeup of the Supreme Court, may present a challenge to the individual rights all citizens currently enjoy.


  • Thomas Metzloff, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law