Part five: Clerking & teaching “When they are discussing and deciding the most momentous questions of the day,…my personal view is that that Court should be open and viewed by the American public at large.” Clerking for Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Judge Guido Calabresi, a passion for teaching constitutional law; the challenge of teaching […]
Part four: The SG’s office “You’re walking into an office that has enormously talented, hard-working, respected people in there. People who are always trying to do the right thing. There’s not politics in that office. And, it’s breath-taking…In private practice I’ve tried, quite honestly, to create my own mini-SG’s office.” The unique role and work […]
Part three: Technicalities “Your job as the advocate is always to win for your client.” Assessing the meaning of a “win” and the importance of technical knowledge to advocacy and Supreme Court decision-making. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Part two: The conversationalist “Appellate advocacy, particularly at the Supreme Court, is really intimate. I mean, you’re just a few feet away from the Chief Justice. You know, if you’re sweating, they see you. And, it’s a conversation. And, you know, if you’re looking down at your legal pad the whole time, you’re not going […]
Part one: Debater “In high school, I joined the debate team — I was a shy kid and interested in science but somehow got into that — and that really changed my life.” Growing up in Chicago as the child of immigrant parents; discovering debate and the meaning of pro bono; government service; national security; […]
“In many ways, if you want to know what moves the Court to decide cases, listen to oral argument, which is much more like the Supreme Court’s Id. Opinions are like the Supreme Court’s Super Ego.” Walter Dellinger is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University and a Partner in the Washington, […]
In a conversation with Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Justice Samuel Alito reflects upon (among other things) his arrival on the Court, recent First Amendment cases, the themes in his dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, and his love for baseball.
On July 10, 2015, Miguel Estrada reviewed the recently ended Term for the Federalist Society.
On July 1, the American Constitution Society hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club to review the 2014 Supreme Court Term. Leading experts, including this blog’s Tom Goldstein, discussed the Court’s noteworthy decisions and analyzed emerging trends.
“We all as citizens have an obligation to educate ourselves about the Supreme Court, about the Constitution, so that we can participate in the great conversation that is the Constitution.” Jeffrey Rosen is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, as well as a law professor at the George Washington University Law School, a […]
“I’m expecting a decision that is either all or nothing. And, I expect that the Court will rule that there is a constitutional right that protects same-sex couples’ right to marry.” Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law and author most recently of Marriage Equality […]
Last night, as part of the American Bar Association’s 2015 Leon Jaworski Public Program, Justice Stephen Breyer spoke in Washington, D.C. Breyer’s speech and the rest of the program focused on the Magna Carta and its continuing significance for the twenty-first century.
“It almost feels inevitable at this point.” Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier, plaintiffs in the 2013 “Proposition 8″ case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, return to the Supreme Court, this time as spectators in Obergefell v. Hodges and the next stage of same-sex marriage litigation. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
“It’s really our marriages that we’re talking about.” On the Monday before the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments inObergefell v. Hodges, Julia Schillo, Cassandra Dixon, Eva Dilzell and Maija Kittleson,seniors at Washington, D.C.’s School Without Walls were on the Court’s plaza to show their support for same-sex marriage. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
In a conversation with New York Public Library President Tony Marx, Justice Sotomayor recounts (among other things) her early life in the Bronx and her journey to the federal bench.
In an interview with Bloomberg BNA, Carter Phillips discusses the Supreme Court practitioner, his clerkship with the late Chief Justice Warren Burger, and bonuses for Supreme Court law clerks.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
“I think always the humor was a means to an end. And the end is, to help folks who don’t live in this world understand why it matters.” Dahlia Lithwick covers the Supreme Court and writes about law more broadly for Slate.com. In this six-part interview, Ms. Lithwick discusses law school, practicing law, and how […]
Kenneth Klee joins Lois Lupica to discuss how the Court has historically handled bankruptcy issues. Klee, the co-author (with Whitman L. Holt) of Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: 1801-2014 (West Academic, 2015), examines recent Article III decisions and bankruptcy litigation topics, among other issues. More videos and the latest bankruptcy developments can be found at […]
“Just the way they say, ‘Battle plans never survive contact with the enemy,’ oral argument plans never survive contact with the Court.” In this six-part interview, Eric Schnapper — Supreme Court advocate and holder of the Betts, Patterson & Mines Professorship in Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law — discusses his background, from […]
During its 2014 Alumni Weekend, Yale Law School presented awards to the three Justices who graduated from law school: Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Sonia Sotomayor. On Saturday, October 25 in Woolsey Hall, Dean Robert C. Post presented the award, which was followed by a conversation with the three Justices moderated by […]
“People ask, ‘Why did you pick constitutional law?’ I mean, come on. Who, with a real opportunity to dig into a subject of law would not want that to be constitutional law? It has everything. It has history. It has moral philosophy. The meaning of liberty, of equality, of dignity. It has legal technicalities galore. It has precedent. It involves strategy, dealing with complicated human situations […]
An audio slideshow, by Kali Borkoski, about prison grooming policies and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Update January 26, 2015: The Alabama prisoners’ case was remanded to the Eleventh Circuit for further consideration in light of the Court’s decision in Holt v. Hobbs, holding that Arkansas’s prison policy preventing a Muslim prisoner from growing a […]
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently spoke at the University of Minnesota Law School with Professor Robert A. Stein, Everett Fraser Professor of Law, as part of the school’s Stein Lecture Series.
On September 22, 2014, the blog’s own Tom Goldstein addressed students and faculty at Chapman University on “Perspectives on Finding Your Niche and Personalizing Your Path in Law.” Here is a link to the full story.
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus review the Supreme Court’s most recent Term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the Court’s major cases.
In this five-part interview, Edward Blum – Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founder and President of the Project on Fair Representation – discusses his background, running for Congress, and moving from public finance to political advocacy to Supreme Court litigation; the meeting of race, ethnicity and religion; the desire to “make big law” and how to read Supreme Court […]
In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric how she learned about the Tumblr blog, Notorious R.B.G, and why she thinks the creator did a “wonderful thing.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric why she is critical of the Roe v. Wade opinion.
In an exclusive interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that she will continue to serve on the nation’s highest court for “as long as I can do it full steam.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that she believes the male Supreme Court justices who voted against her in the Hobby Lobby case have a “blind spot” when it comes to women.
Trevor, on his second trip to the Supreme Court, talks about what he looks forward to seeing, what the Court does ,and what the First Amendment means. (Fabrizio di Piazza) •Please note: Trevor’s parents were present at the interview, volunteered him and consented to his appearing on camera. I asked that they not provide their last […]
Reverend Paul Schenck of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Central Pennsylvania, and The National Pro-Life Center in Washington, D.C., talks about coming to the Supreme Court to see the result in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, and the roles of the Court and the church in the law. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Matt Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, responds to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Freedom, responds to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, responds to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, reacts to the Supreme Court’s decision in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down a Massachusetts law establishing a thirty-five-foot “buffer zone” around reproductive health centers. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Kate Starr, a women’s rights activist and intern in Washington, D.C., reacts to the Supreme Court’s decision in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down a Massachusetts law establishing a thirty-five-foot “buffer zone” around reproductive health centers. (Fabrizio di Piazza) [Please note: Ms. Starr is an intern at the National Organization for Women. She was careful to […]
Adam McDuffie, a student at Wake Forest University, talks about waiting for the decision in Hobby Lobby, and Noel McHardy, a teacher from Bloomfield, Michigan, talks about the exciting opportunity to see the Justices at work. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
In this five-part interview, Orin Kerr of the George Washington University Law School discusses his background in mechanical engineering and the law; clerking for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Judge Leonard I. Garth of the Third Circuit; working in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice; and teaching law. Kerr talks about how […]
Justice Elena Kagan delivers the 2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture on Women and the Law at the New York City Bar Association, where (among other things) she attributes the “gulf between Justice Ginsburg’s career and” hers to the work of Justice Ginsburg herself.
An audio slideshow about the recently settled Fair Housing Act case Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.
In this eight-part interview, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit discusses his background, including: a race for Congress; clerking for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and the value of humility; the confirmation process and the life and work of a federal appeals court judge; understanding the Court, interviewing […]
In this six-part interview, Randy E. Barnett of the Georgetown University Law Center discusses his background, interests, and his role in Supreme Court cases involving medical marijuana and the Affordable Care Act; originalism’s effect on the Court’s jurisprudence; and the meaning and relation of justice to politics, history, precedent, and the Court. “I consider myself, […]
An audio slideshow examining a Texas town’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Update November 6: Voters approved the amendment to the Council election system by a vote of 3,290 (50.67%) to 3,203 (49.33%).
In this five-part interview, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., the forty-sixth Solicitor General of the United States, discusses his background, the office and job of Solicitor General, its special relation to the Court, and representing the interests and being part of the history of the United States. “I happened to be here during a period of real historical importance. […]
At the National Press Club on October 2, the Federalist Society hosted Michael A. Carvin, Mary Beth Buchanan, Megan L. Brown, Neal K. Katyal, and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz to discuss the 2013 Supreme Court Term with moderator Jan Crawford of CBS News. Among the noteworthy cases on the agenda were Bond v. United States, involving […]
Moderated by Sonja West of the University of Georgia Law School, Pete Williams of NBC News, Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal, and Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog explore the Roberts Court and the upcoming Term in a panel at the University of Georgia.
Moderated by Jeffrey Jones, director of the Peabody Awards, Pete Williams of NBC News, Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal, Janet Murray of Georgia Tech, and Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog discuss the rise of single-subject media coverage in a panel at the University of Georgia.
Moderated by Bill Lee of Grady College, Pete Williams of NBC News, Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal, Janet Murray of Georgia Tech, and Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog discuss coverage of the Court in the digital age in a panel at the University of Georgia.
In this six-part series, Burt Neuborne describes the Supreme Court as a necessarily political institution, explains how the Constitution and the Court’s position in our democracy affects our understanding of what the Court and its Justices can and should do, and tells stories of arguing before the Court and individual Justices. Mr. Neuborne is the […]
In this five-part series, David Porter talks about direct federal appeals, habeas corpus and “being heard,” changing ideas of crime, terrorism, and punishment; and the realities of “effective assistance of counsel” fifty years after Gideon v. Wainwright. Mr Porter is an Assistant Federal Defender at the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento, California. (Fabrizio […]
In this six-part series, Geoffrey Stone – the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School – discusses his experience as a Supreme Court clerk for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., during the October Term 1972 (which included Roe v. Wade and Frontiero v. Richardson); methods of constitutional interpretation, their […]
Jennifer Kerns, the former spokesperson for California’s Proposition 8, reacts to the Supreme Court’s decisions decisions on same-sex marriage. Ms Kerns said she has not spoken publicly on the matter for five years and, with the Court’s decisions, felt “the time was right” to speak. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY10) reacts to the Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
The former Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts (10th Congressional District) reacts to the Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, reacts to the Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
David Boies, with Ted Olson, counsel for Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Jeffrey Zarillo & Paul Katami, respondents in Hollingsworth v. Perry, responds to the Supreme Court’s decisions in the same-sex marriage cases. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Reverend Rob Schenck, President of the Evangelical Church Alliance, reacts to the Supreme Court’s decisions today in the same-sex marriage cases. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Respondents—Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami—react to the Supreme Court’s decisions today in the same-sex marriage cases. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Standing on First Street, NE, and facing the Supreme Court building, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC sings the Star Spangled Banner. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Advocates respond to the Supreme Court’s decision today (June 25, 2013) in Shelby County v. Holder on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Fabrizio di Piazza)
Filming and photographing goings-on just outside and around the Supreme Court on one of the last days of October Term 2012 (Fabrizio di Piazza).
Amy Howe joins MSNBC to discuss the major cases that the Court will decide over the next few weeks.
Tom Goldstein discusses the Myriad gene patenting decision with Bloomberg Law.
Tom Goldstein discusses his education, law practice, and SCOTUSblog with C-SPAN’s Q&A.
The First Amendment Center and the Alumni Association of the Supreme Court Fellows Program host a discussion on the media’s coverage of the Court.
Bloomberg Law examines the lack of diversity in the Court’s bar.
In an unanimous decision, the Court held that a soybean farmer cannot reproduce agri-giant Monsanto’s patented, genetically modified seeds through planting and harvesting without the company’s permission. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the legal, agricultural, and technological implications of this decision.
Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal discusses her new book, The Roberts Court, which looks at some of the Court’s landmark decisions during the tenure of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Justice Clarence Thomas discusses his life, career, the state of race relations, the operations of the Supreme Court, and pursuing a career in the law.
Audio excerpts from the oral argument in the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Justice Sotomayor discusses her early career and her preference for the title “Sonia from the Bronx” on 60 Minutes.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells Oprah she was in total disbelief the day she got the call from President Barack Obama informing her that she would be his nominee for the nation’s highest court.
Justice O’Connor describes her secret Supreme Court handshake while speaking with Charlie Rose.
Lee Pacchia of Bloomberg News speaks with ACLU staff attorney, Sandra Park, about the petitioners’ views on the Myriad Genetics case.
In this five-part interview, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg discusses starting out in radio, learning and reporting on the ways of the Court, the challenge of confirmation hearings, and what to make of the Court’s jurisprudence and drama.
In a five-part interview, Linda Greenhouse, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work as a Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times and now teaches at Yale Law School, discusses her background, her thirty years spent covering The Court, the job of a Court reporter, and how the Court is best understood not […]
In a four-part interview, Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times since 2008, discusses his background, the challenges of reporting on the Court in a changed and changing media environment, and how to distinguish yourself on a beat defined by “nine people in robes.”
Bloomberg Law profiles Anthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist who passed away in March 2013.
Bloomberg discusses what to look for in the same-sex marriage cases.
Tom Goldstein talks with Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia about the two same-sex marriage cases being argued before the Supreme Court.
Bloomberg Law looks at how the views of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan on cameras in the courtroom have evolved during their time at the Court.
Justice Sotomayor discusses her funny colleagues, self-sufficient childhood, and most conservative belief as an Independent.
Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie and Damon Root discuss three interesting cases that the Court will decide in 2013, including gay marriage, drunk driving, and property rights.
Bloomberg Law discusses the key issues in the same-sex marriage cases before the Court this Term.
Attorneys for both sides discuss Gunn v. Minton, the patent malpractice case, including the oral argument in January.
Bloomberg News discusses possible retirements at the Court and potential nominees.
Nanette Miller, a partner at Marcum LLP, speaks with Bloomberg News about the potential economic impact on same-sex couples if the Court changes the legal definition of marriage.
Bloomberg Law previews the copyright issues before the Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons.
Justice Scalia speaks with C-SPAN about questions at oral argument and personal relationships between the Justices.
Justice Alito talks with C-SPAN about being interviewed for the Court.
Justice Kagan speaks with C-SPAN about her intellectual relationship with Chief Justice John Roberts.