The Marc Steiner Show

Archive for Supreme Court

Sherrilyn Ifill: American Politics and The LDF

Sherrilyn Ifill (Credit: Speakerpedia)March 24, 2017 – Segment 2

We hosted a conversation with Sherrilyn Ifill, the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, regarding the hearings of the Neil Gorsuch nomination the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.



Supreme Court & Reproductive Rights

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 2: at the Supreme Court, March 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, where the justices will consider a Texas law requiring that clinic doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that clinics upgrade their facilities to standards similar to hospitals. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

March 8, 2016 – Segment 2

Last Friday the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Court also heard arguments last week on a case regarding whether to overturn a Texas law that imposes tight regulations on abortion clinics. We discuss those issues and more with: Dani McClain who is the contributing writer for The Nation and Fellow at the Nation Institute where she focuses on race and reproductive justice; and Zoe Carpenter, The Nation’s Associate Washington Editor.

On Election Day: State of Voting Rights with NAACP President Lorraine Miller

Shelby County v. HolderJune 24, 2014 – Segment 3

On the day of the Maryland primary election, we are joined by Lorraine Miller, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP, to discuss the state of voting rights, one year after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder.



Affirmative Action Decision At The Supreme Court

SCOTUSApril 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We host an in-depth discussion of this week’s pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision, which upholds Michigan’s ban on racial preference in university admissions. Our panel of guests includes: Horace Cooper, legal commentator, adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, and co-chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board; Julianne Hing, Reporter/Blogger for Colorlines;and Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in ‘Post-Racial’ America.


Larry Gibson on ‘Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice’

Thurgood MarshallFebruary 17, 2014 – Hour 1

Larry S. Gibson, law professor from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and noted political strategist will discuss his book Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice. Gibson’s book focuses on the early life of the civil rights icon.


This segment originally aired December 10, 2012.


What Do SCOTUS, Paula Deen & George Zimmerman Say About Race in America?

Voting Rights RallyNovember 25, 2013 – Hour 1

We examine  race in American culture today, looking at the Supreme Court decision on voting rights, the Paula Deen controversy, and the George Zimmerman trial. Joining us are:

  • Jeff Menzise, senior researcher at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University,
  • Derek Musgrove, assistant professor in the Department of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC),
  • Marta Mossburg, columnist for the Baltimore Sun,
  • and Jason Silverstein, Ph.D. student in anthropology at Harvard University.

This segment originally aired July 1, 2013.


Upcoming Supreme Court Cases To Watch

SCOTUSOctober 11, 2013 – Segment 3

We look at upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions with Brentin Mock, a New Orleans-based journalist who serves as lead reporter on Voting Rights Watch and Reporting Fellow for


Anniversary of The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Where We Were & Where We Are Today

Signing of the Voting Rights ActAugust 6, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show with a reflection on the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our panel of guests will discuss the legacy of the Voting Rights Act and the state of voting rights in 2013, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down core components of the Act. Our guests are:


Weekly News Roundup: Maryland’s MSA Test Results | DOJ Challenges States’ Voting Laws | NYPD On Racial Profiling

States' voting laws being challenged by Department of Justice

July 26, 2013 – Hour 1

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) sits in as our guest host for our weekly news round table. The panel discussion will focus on this week’s release of the Maryland State Assessment scores, showing a slight decline statewide, and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on voting rights, among other topics.

Panelists will include: E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Journo-in-Residence at Morgan State University, and Dr. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, President & CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC, and Host of National Public Radio’s Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever.


National News Roundup: Supreme Court, Immigration & The Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman TrialJune 28, 2013 – Segment 2

We shift to a national focus with a roundtable discussing the week’s headlines including the Supreme Court rulings, the Senate’s immigration bill, and the George Zimmerman trial. Joining our roundtable is:

  • Arun Gupta, founding editor of The Indypendent magazine and  the Occupy Wall Street Journal;
  • Tony Campbell, president of Marylanders for Coherent & Fair Representation, Inc.;
  • Edward Wyckoff Williams, political analyst and contributor to The Root;
  • and Avis Jones-DeWeever, Host of “Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever,” a production of New Visions New Voices.

SCOTUS Finds DOMA Unconstitutional; Says Proposition 8 Has No Standing, Resuming Gay Marriage In CA

SCOTUS Rules on Doma, Prop 8June 27, 2013 – Segment 1

We hear reactions to the Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, with: 

  • Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend The Arc, the nation’s largest Jewish social justice organization;
  • David Rocah, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Maryland;
  • and Sabrina Siddiqui, politics reporter at the Huffington Post.







Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action

affirmative actionJune 26, 2013 – Segment 2

We discuss this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in higher education, sending a lawsuit challenging the University of Texas’ affirmative action policy back to lower courts. We are joined by:

  • Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Sheryl Wood, principal of the Wood Law Firm;
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter covering civil rights at ProPublica in New York City.


Supreme Court Decision On Voting Rights

voteJune 26, 2013 – Segment 1

We discuss this week’s Supreme Court decision striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. The ruling allows nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval. Joining us for the discussion are:

  • Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine;
  • Aderson Francois, Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law;
  • Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.


Sound Bites: Arsenic In Our Chicken; Supreme Court’s Monsanto Ruling; Bay Oysters; and Salt Sugar Fat

Michael Moss' Salt Sugar FatMay 22, 2013 – Hour 1

This week on Sound Bites, we begin with Dr. Keeve Nachman, Director of the Center for a Livable Future‘s Farming for the Future program, who joins us to talk about a scientific study he co-authored on arsenic in chicken feed.

Then, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak discusses last week’s Supreme Court decision in which the court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto, stating that an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto’s patent on genetically modified soybeans when he culled some from a grain elevator and used them to replant his own crop in future years.

Next you hear from Tim Wheeler, reporter for B’more Green, the Baltimore Sun‘s environmental blog, who will discuss oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay.

We close out the first hour with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss, investigative reporter for the New York Times, who joins us to talk about his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

**Due to technical circumstances, the podcast for this show is unavailable.**

50th Anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainwright Decision

Clarence Gideon - Anniversary of Gideon v. WainwrightMarch 18, 2013 – Segment 3

In 1963 the United States Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that state courts are required under the 14th Amendment to provide a lawyer to those facing criminal charges who could otherwise not afford one. According to Douglas Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, the Gideon ruling “changed the landscape of what a criminal felony trial looked like.”

Iten Naguib, a law student who spent time at Maryland’s Justice Access Clinic speaks of direct experiences working with individuals who could have benefited from the aid of a lawyer at the very beginning of their cases. Both Colbert and Naguib are quoted in a recent New York Times article that discusses the often “empty promise” of this right to a lawyer as well as the exclusion of civil cases from this constitutional right. And fifty years after this landmark decision, Colbert, Ms. Naguib and Debra Gardner, Legal Director of the Public Justice Center, argue that inadequacies and inefficiencies in the justice system still leave those without the lawyer they need.

From the Discussion

Why Having a Lawyer is Crucial:

“It really is such a core issue when it comes to people being arrested. What happens at the initial appearance–it’s critical.” – Iten Naguib

“When you have a lawyer present, our data shows that two and a half times as many people who are charged with non-violent crimes will get released on recognizance. They won’t have to go to a bail bondsman; they won’t have to pay money that they don’t have.” – Douglas Colbert

Why the Promise Has Yet to Be Fulfilled:

“From beginning to end, in criminal proceedings, it’s very difficult for people to get high quality representation […] The office of public defender here in Maryland has seen its staff greatly reduced in recent years, and its case loads are twice what the ABA [American Bar Association] recommends…” – Debra Gardner

What Steps Can Be Taken to Make this Promise Real:

“The answer is that the legal profession has to really step up here. And every principal player: judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, the Bar itself–has to recognize that what we do as a profession is that we help people. We help people get back on a path again.” – Douglas Colbert

“[…] We need to care about everyone who might be in this situation and we need to make it the social priority that the constitution says it should be.” – Debra Gardner


Sound Bites: Monsanto In The Supreme Court; Plastic In Our Food; Visions For Transforming The Food System


March 6, 2013 – Hour 2

It’s a new episode of Sound Bites. We’ll look at the Bowman vs. Monsanto case, recently heard in the Supreme Court, which addresses the question of who owns the rights to Monsanto’s genetically engineered RoundUp Ready seeds. We’re joined by Andrew Pollack, New York Times science and biotechnology reporter; Bill Freese, Science Policy Analyst for the Center for Food Safety; and Gary Baise, legal counsel for the American Soybean Association.

We will also hear from Mother Jones food and agriculture blogger Tom Philpott, who brings us a story about the plastic chemicals that are in our food; and Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly and Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, about her visions for transforming the food system.

Sherrilyn Ifill, In Defense Of The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Sherrlyn Ifill, NAACP Legal Defense and Education FundMarch 5, 2013 – Segment 2

We get an update on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court from Sherrilyn IfillPresident and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The Legal Defense Fund has been arguing in defense of the Voting Rights Act.

Supreme Court Hears Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Supreme Court hears the Voting Rights ActFebruary 27, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show tonight with a look at the crucial debate taking place today in the U.S. Supreme Court, which could potentially strike down key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our guests include: Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation; and Janell Ross, reporter for the Huffington Post.