The Legal Geeks

The Legal Geeks

The Legal Geeks are proud to be attorneys and geeks. We have been recognized by the ABA Journal Web 100 for one of the best legal podcasts in 2017 and nominated for Best Podcast by the Geekie Awards in 2015. Please enjoy our podcasts exploring legal issues Sci Fi, comic books, and pop culture, from Star Wars to Captain America and all things geek. Our podcasts are not legal advice and for entertainment only.

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May 16, 2021 77 min

The Bad Batch episode 3, Replacements, is a case study in war crimes. Join our panel of lawyers as the discuss the many legal issues regarding Admiral Tarkin knowingly ordering a mission to terminate civilians. 

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Can a soldier be shot for not committing a war crime? How about the Empire claiming they are not bound by contracts made by the Republic? Join Thomas Harper and Josh Gilliland for their legal analysis of the first two Bad Batch episodes. 

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Charles Hildebrandt is an IP lawyer whose father was the artist who drew the iconic Star Wars poster in 1977. Charles shared his experience seeing the New York premiere of Star Wars, some legal analysis, and some serious geeking out of sci fi and history.?

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Could the United States take property from those who survived the Snap without just compensation? How many times to the Flag Smashers attempt to murder GRC delegates? Why was Agent 13 given her old job without a background check? Join attorneys Josh Gilliland and Mark Zaid as they discuss the final episode of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, "One World, One People" for these issues and more. 

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Joshua Gilliland and Mark Zaid review The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, episode 5, "Truth." Why was John Walker not given a court martial? What are the legal ramifications for the "Patch Act"? Could the Global Repatriation Council forcibly remove people from their homes? Tune in as Josh and Mark dive into these complex legal issues.  

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McGeorge alumni Sylvia La Rosa and Josh Gilliland take on the legal issues in the Falcon and Winter Soldier episodes "Power Broker" and "The Whole World is Watching." What are the legal requirements for a no-knock warrant? Was Sharon Carter legally justified in the use of deadly force to save Sam, Bucky, and Zemo from Selby? And what are John Walker's legal defenses for what he did to that Flag Smasher?  

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What are the legal status of The Flag Smashers and the Power Broker? What is the liability for the German couple who had a bed and breakfast for The Flag Smashers? Did the police have a valid Terry stop when they asked Sam for his ID? All these issues and more are discussed in our analysis of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. 

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March 28, 2021 81 min

Recorded for WonderCon at Home.

Star Trek has inspired lawyers and judges for decades. It has shown a future with equal protection under the law with every generation having at least one trial episode, and addressed the goal of having a just society. Our panel will explore the issues of the rule of law seen in Star Trek: Discovery, the rights of refugees in Star Trek: Picard, and the many legal issues from Star Trek: Lower Decks. We...

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The first episode of Falcon and The Winter Soldier takes on the world after Avengers Endgame. Attorneys Mark S. Zaid and Joshua Gilliland geek out with their legal analysis ranging from the use of force in order to save a captured Air Force officer, whether family members of service members can sue other countries, and the tricky issues of conditional pardons. Tune in for deep legal analysis for the adventures of Sam and Bucky. 

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March 15, 2021 52 min

What's the liability for an oil spill? Attorneys Nari Ely and Josh Gilliland have a detailed discussion on the classic Ultraman episode Oil S.O.S. Originally records on May 31, 2020, so the current events discussed are dated. 

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February 6, 2021 51 min

Can the Scarlet Witch marry the Vision? Did Wanda commit desecration of a corpse by stealing the Vision's corpse? Join Jessica Mederson and Josh Gilliland as the review WandaVision episodes Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience, Don't Touch That Dial, Now in Color, We Interrupt This Program, and On a Very Special Episode...    


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December 31, 2020 58 min

What are the duties of a common carrier? What is the liability for faulty food service on a flight? Join Jessica Mederson and Josh Gilliland for their review of Airplane! 

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December 28, 2020 57 min

Did Maxwell Lord violate the Logan Act? What exactly is the legal definition of a Ponzi Scheme? Join Jessica Mederson and Joshua Gilliland as they share their thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984. 

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December 23, 2020 103 min

Did the Mandalorian have a duty to rescue Grogu? What was the legal nature of the assault on Moff Gideon's Imperial ship? Join us for our mega-review of The Rescue. 

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December 14, 2020 112 min

Legal analysis and geeking out over The Mandalorian, Chapter 15, The Believer. 

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December 13, 2020 86 min

Legal analysis of The Mandalorian, Chapter 14, The Tragedy. 

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December 3, 2020 88 min

Can the good guys just storm a village? What about all of those contracts?

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November 23, 2020 100 min

Is Greef Karge now the head of state for Nevarro? Was it child endangerment for the Mandalorian to direct the Child in repairing the Razer Crest? Was the assault on the Imperial outpost legal under the laws of war or a law enforcement action? Join us for our in-depth legal analysis of The Mandalorian, Chapter 12, The Siege. 

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November 15, 2020 98 min

Legal analysis and review of The Mandalorian, Chapter 11, The Heiress.

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November 10, 2020 88 min

What was The Mandalorian's duties to The Passenger? What happens when your kid starts snacking on someone's prospective children? Join us for our review of The Mandalorian, Chapter 10. 

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