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 17, 2022 46 min

Does Captain Pike have a duty to rescue 5 Starfleet cadets because of future knowledge? Is there a necessity defense to violating the Prime Directive? Join Josh Gilliland and Danna Nicholas as they explore the legal issues in the newest Star Trek series from the episodes "Strange New Worlds" and "Children of the Comet." 

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Who pays for acts of Godzilla? What are the legal issues with using nuclear weapons to seal the breach in Pacifica Rim? We discussed these issues and more at San Diego Comic Fest. 

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Recorded live at San Diego Comic Fest on April 24, 2022. A multi-discipline discussion on the cultural impact of Star Trek on society. 

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April 13, 2022 62 min

It's time to summon the lawsuit! Can police office search an apartment without a warrant? Can abandoning a marriage be grounds for divorce? Join us for our legal analysis.

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April 5, 2022 70 min

We had a great time discussing the many issues in the Moon Knight episode "The Goldfish Problem," from employment law, to the limits on religious freedom, and reckless driving.

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April 4, 2022 49 min

Recorded Live at WonderCon!

Lawyers and Judges love Star Trek because every series wrestles with complex moral issues. What are the rights of refugees? What happens if a computer goes on a killing spree? If you find a starship, can you keep it? Circuit Judge John Owens, Christine Peek, Angela Storey, and Washington, DC attorney Mark Zaid offer their legal analysis of issues from Star Trek Picard, Discovery, Lower Decks, Prodigy, an...

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April 4, 2022 48 min

Recorded LIVE at Wonder!

Taking an oath to kill any man, woman, or child in the name of peace is in no way legal. The HBO Max Peacemaker series goes way beyond murder to issues of whether one can have a bald eagle as a pet, use computer crimes to frame others for crimes, engage in bribery or vigilantism, and of course, conspire to kill a U.S. senator . . . who happens to be a butterfly. Attorneys Stephen Tollafield, Gabby Martin, K...

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Attorney General Phil Weiser appears as "Judge" Weiser in this mock trial of Wanda Maximoff (perpetrator of one of the most controversial events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) for an entertaining fusion of legal principles, Marvel superheroes, and a tech law and policy discussion. Special thanks to the Legal Geeks for serving as our lawyers: Josh Gilliand and Nari Ely argue for the prosecution; Mark Lemley and Bethany Be...

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February 13, 2022 87 min

Nothing says Star Wars like legal analysis of a mob war. Join Gabby Martin, Thomas Harper, and Joshua Gilliland as they discuss settlement negotiations, liability for a rancor rampage, child endangerment during a gunfight, and when self-defense turns into a summary execution. 

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February 6, 2022 72 min

Josh Gilliland and Thomas Harper discuss many legal issues seen in the episode "From the Desert Comes a Stranger," including the Plain View Doctrine, Legal Force and Law Enforcement, Health and Safety requirements for boarding schools, and the giant issue of child endangerment and lightsabers. 

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January 31, 2022 65 min

Josh Gilliland and Thomas Harper discuss why bounty hunters do not kill individuals over unpaid debts, why the Night of 1,000 Tears was a war crime, the importance of how one uses the word "replacement" for a Razer Crest, and probable cause for a police stop. 

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January 25, 2022 83 min

Did Boba Fett have a duty to rescue Fennec Shand? What are the medical consent requirements for a patient near death? And was it justified for Boba to do an airstrike on the bikers? Join us for our legal analysis of Book of Boba Fett Chapter 4.

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January 17, 2022 53 min

Josh Gilliland and Thomas Harper take on the issues of grand theft water, price gouging and consumer protection laws, anticipatory breach of contract with the Pykes, Murder for Hire with Black Krrsantan, and what you should know before adopting a rancor. There are also audience questions on how to respond to the biker gang.

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January 11, 2022 63 min

The Book of Boba Fett, Chapter 2, "The Tribes of Tatooine" has everything from torture of assassins, to summary execution of assassins, using bounty hunters as mercenaries, and drug smuggling Pykes. We debate the big question, did the Tuskin Raiders have a self defense right to destroy the Pyke train? 

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January 2, 2022 58 min

Could the Jawas that robbed Boba Fett be charged with attempted murder?  Did the Tuskin Raiders commit torture and kidnapping? Join us for our legal analysis of the Book of Boba Fett, Chapter 1.

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December 27, 2021 59 min

Jessica Mederson and Josh Gilliland swing into action with their review of Spider-Man No Way Home. Can Peter Parker sue the Daily Bugle for disclosing his secret identity? Was there a duty to help the supervillains from other universes? And most importantly of all, why it is important to go see a lawyer before seeing a wizard. 

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December 26, 2021 94 min

Can Yelena be charged with eavesdropping for recording the Kingpin and Eleanor? Would the video recording be enough for a judge to grant an arrest warrant for Eleanor Bishop? Was Kate legally justified in shooting down the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Plaza? Join Josh Gilliland, Gabby Martin, and Stephen Tollafield for their legal analysis. 

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December 18, 2021 62 min

Attorneys Josh Gilliland, Gabby Martin, and Mark Zaid review Hawkeye, episode 5, "Ronin." Did Kate Bishop's multiple calls to Clint Barton amount to stalking? What are the privacy issues with tracking cell phones? And can Russian assassins just go to New York City? Join us for our legal analysis. 

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December 12, 2021 60 min

Was Jacque justified in using the Ronin sword to threaten Clint? Could all the LARPers be convicted of a conspiracy to tamper with evidence? And just how much larceny happened in "We're Partners, Right?" Join us for our legal analysis of Hawkeye, episode 4. 

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December 6, 2021 75 min

We took our shot reviewing the first three episodes of Hawkeye: Never Meet Your Heroes, Hide and Seek, and Echoes. Did homeowners insurance cover property damage after the Battle of New York? What licensing requirements were there for producing Rogers: The Musical? What was in the LARPing liability waiver? Would Maya have been entitled to free public education? Just who is the owner of Pizza Dog? Join us for our analysis. 

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