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Elie Mystal

Elie Mystal

Elie Mystal is the Managing Editor of Above the Law Redline and the Editor-At-Large of Breaking Media. He’s appeared on MSNBC, Fox, and CNN, and pretty much any network that will invite him. He’s written editorials for the New York Times, the Daily News, and would make a good character in a Billy Joel song. He graduated from Harvard University in 2000, Harvard Law School in 2003, and was an associate at Debevoise and Plimpton.

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Recent Episodes
June 8, 2022

Preparing For The Bar Exam — The Last Test You’ll Ever Take (Rebroadcast)

The bar exam is a daunting obstacle, but it doesn't have to be.

February 4, 2020

What’s Up With Alan Dershowitz These Days

After taking the spotlight in the impeachment trial... should we have all seen this coming?

January 28, 2020

Speaking Of Legal Farce

A rambling take on impeachment and Tulsi Gabbard's Clinton lawsuit.

January 21, 2020

Life On The Other Side Of The V

Plaintiff-side work provides rewarding opportunities that career services often overlook.

December 23, 2019

Impeachapalooza

So that just happened.

December 17, 2019

The Happiest Time Of The Year: Bonus Time!

Biglaw firms are handing out bonuses... but some are reacting with bah humbug.

December 3, 2019

Fighting For The Innocent (Rebroadcast)

Mark Godsey discusses his conversion to an advocate for the wrongfully convicted and his grasp of the psychology that consistently lands the wrong people in prison.

November 26, 2019

The Roberts Court Is Here

With Kavanaugh's arrival, the last Term provided a glimpse of the fully armed and operational Roberts Court.

November 19, 2019

Preparing For The Bar Exam — The Last Test You’ll Ever Take

The bar exam is a daunting obstacle, but it doesn't have to be.

November 5, 2019

Birds, Books, And Blogs. Oh My!

So many topics to fit under one roof.

October 29, 2019

Let’s Get Wildly Off Topic

This impeachment thing has a way of taking over.

October 22, 2019

Law School Students Need To Figure Out Where They’re Going To Work

The interview process is intense. We're here to help.

October 15, 2019

The Challenges Facing In-House Counsel In 2019

Legal departments have their own problems that other lawyers may not appreciate.

October 1, 2019

Sure Impeachment Is Serious, But Look At This Lawyer Cat!

Is there a limit on how many cat puns we can have purr episode?

September 25, 2019

The Opioid Suits

Your guide to the lawsuits coming for Big Pharma.

September 3, 2019

When Are Lawyers To Blame For Their Clients?

Lawyers often run for office -- and their past clients often become talking points.

August 27, 2019

From the Archives: The Future of the Law Firm (Rebroadcast)

A chat with former Orrick chief Ralph Baxter about what's next for firms.

August 20, 2019

Scintillating Sports Law Takes

Law and Sports Collide This Week.

August 13, 2019

Would You Rather? But Legal

Some hypothetical legal quandaries to contemplate.

July 30, 2019

Breaking Down The Mueller Hearings

Lawyers watch Mueller very differently.

July 23, 2019

Academia Means Never Having To Say, ‘I Got Fired’

A law school professor appeared on a panel and declared that America needs "fewer nonwhites." She is still employed.

July 16, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein’s Legal Aftermath

A whole lot of lawyers are going to end up as collateral damage in the Epstein case.

July 9, 2019

All Those Lower Courts You’ve Been Sleeping On

Joe and Elie talk about the court system in the nation and the lower courts that no one usually talks about.

July 2, 2019

An Independence Day Lesson In Interviewing

Joe and Elie bring back an old topic from 2018 where they discussed how to master on-campus interviews, so this independence day they give their listeners some lessons on the topic.

June 25, 2019

Facing Consequences And Moving On

Hanna Stotland discusses her article about Kyle Kashuv's now-revoked Harvard admission, why she believes Harvard made the right move and where Kashuv will go from here.

June 11, 2019

Making Legal Technology Intuitive

Ryan Steadman of Zero sits down with Joe and Elie to talk about legal technology and how to get professionals to adopt it in their work.

May 28, 2019

Checking In On The Plaintiffs’ Side

Jay Edelson of Edelson joins Elie and Joe to talk about his involvement in matters as disparate as electronic privacy, college football safety, and the California wildfires.

April 30, 2019

Law School Decision 2019 (Part II)

Joe and Elie continue to offer their answers on questions from prospective law students asking “where should I go to school?”.

April 23, 2019

Law School Decision 2019 (Part I)

Joe and Elie answer Law Student's questions about how to decide which law school is right for them.

March 26, 2019

The Odd Couple

After George Conway's most recent salvo against Donald Trump, Joe and Elie discuss the curious relationship of the senior Wachtell lawyer and Trump's senior aide.

March 19, 2019

Giving It The Old College Scam Try

Joe and Elie take a dive into the college admissions scandal going on with celebrities and their children.

March 15, 2019

Bonus Podcast: Prosecution v. Defense and the Realities of ‘Proven Innocent’

Jerry Buting and Jackie Maloney debate about the prosecution versus defense and how the portrayals on FOX TV’s ‘Proven Innocent’ compare to reality.

March 12, 2019

Law School Rankings Recap

Joe and Elie discuss the US News and World Report law school rankings and breaks down who's on top and who's making big moves -- both good and bad -- in this...

February 22, 2019

Bonus Podcast: Exploring The Tragedy Of Wrongful Convictions At The Heart Of FOX’s ‘Proven Innocent.’

FOX's "Proven Innocent" creator David Elliot, California Innocence Project managing attorney Michael Semanchik, and real-life exoneree Jason Strong, talk about wrongful convictions and the inspiration behind the new show.

February 19, 2019

Democracy Is Troublingly Fragile

Ian Bassin, the Executive Director of Protect Democracy, talks about the pressing task of defending democratic institutions from authoritarianism.

February 15, 2019

Bonus Podcast: Proven Innocent

Executive producer Danny Strong talks about the new legal drama “Proven Innocent” and what drew him to the subject of wrongful convictions.

February 13, 2019

The Michael Avenatti Interview

Joe and Elie welcome Michael Avenatti to talk about him challenging Michael Cohen and Donald Trump over their treatment of his client, as well as his thoughts on the 2020 presidential candidates.

February 5, 2019

The Future Is Now

Joe and Elie attended the Legaltech NY conference, as well as talked about the future of law and the future of law conferences.

January 29, 2019

They Don’t Get PR Flacks

Elie and Joe have thoughts about the media's willingness to cave to every request of a public relations firm.

January 22, 2019

The Best (Lawyer) A Man Can Get — Not Rudy

Elie and Joe talk about Rudy Giuliani's bizarre turn from respected former prosecutor and stealth layoffs appearing in the Biglaw world again.

December 18, 2018

Should Christmas Eve Be A Firm Holiday?

Joe and Elie discuss the major headlines in law firm news.

December 11, 2018

The Future Of The Law Firm

Elie and Joe talk to Ralph Baxter about the future of the legal industry.

December 5, 2018

Getting Inside A Judge’s Head

Josh Becker of LexisNexis talks about the release of Context, a new tool that delivers deep insights into judicial idiosyncracies by analyzing the language of their body of work.

November 20, 2018

It’s Finals Week for Law Students!

Joe and Elie give their best tips on how to prepare for law school finals week.

November 13, 2018

A Wild Week In Law School News

Joe and Elie check in on what's happening with law schools these days.

October 30, 2018

New Law School Rankings, The Plight Of The Managing Partner, And In-House Work In The #MeToo Era

Joe and Elie recap the top legal stories of last week.

October 23, 2018

Law School Campuses In The Wake Of Kavanaugh

Melissa Murray discusses her reaction to student walk-outs and protests and dives into the overall mood on law school campuses these days.

October 16, 2018

Fighting For The Innocent

Mark Godsey discusses his conversion to an advocate for the wrongfully convicted and his grasp of the psychology that consistently lands the wrong people in prison.

September 25, 2018

The Changing Legal Office

Haresh Bhungalia and David Carns talk about the legal technology landscape, Casepoint, and how each are changing the legal workflow.

September 18, 2018

Transparency In The Courts

Andrew Eisbrouch and Jesse Weber talk about the Guys Who Law podcast and the Law & Crime network and why broadcasting live courtroom telecasts can inform the public about the judicial system.