Heightened Scrutiny is a podcast about the Supreme Court's landmark civil rights cases, meant to be accessible to anyone interested in constitutional law and the stories behind the decisions that have dramatically changed American society and government. It is not just for lawyers.

The podcast is written, hosted, and produced by Joe Dunman, a professor and attorney who suffers from an incurable obsession with the Supreme Court and constitutional law.

Joe is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Previously, he taught undergraduate courses on constitutional law at Bellarmine University and co-lead the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Impact Litigation Practicum. 

I listened this morning to the first two episodes of your podcast. Great stuff. Accessible to the layperson, but enough meat on the bone to satisfy somebody like myself that has studied and worked with this material for many years.
— Russ Ambrose, Listener

Joe's notable legal work includes his role as counsel for the Kentucky plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges (originally Bourke v. Beshear), the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality case. To learn more, check out Love v. Kentucky, a documentary about the Kentucky plaintiffs and attorneys. Joe has also represented numerous clients before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Parade of Horribles, his other podcast, can be found here.


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Nerd Stuff

The current Heightened Scrutiny production setup:

Microphone: Neewer NW-700

Audio mixer: Alesis MultiMix4 

Audio software: Audacity (free download)

Audio source for oral arguments: Oyez.org