. . . for a most unusual SCOTUS term. And, while I hate to admit it, it’s been kinda fun sketching at home from photos of lawyers arguing their case in more casual settings. It will be interesting to return to the courtroom, as expected, in the fall.
Here are the last sketches from this term, April’s arguments plus the one in early May. I’ll probably do a couple more banners between now and when the last opinion is announced. That’s it, I hope, till October in-person.
Amy M. Saharia for petitioners
Jeffrey Fisher, joined by students from Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, arguing on behalf of Michael Gary.
Daniel L. Geyser for petitioners
Robert N. Hochman for petitioner
Matthew M. Wolf for respondents
Aimee A. Feinberg, California Deputy Solicitor General
Derek L. Shafer for petitioners
Bradley N. Garcia, appointed by the Court
Peter D. Keisler for petitioners
Matthew W. Morrison for private respondents
Lisa S. Blatt for petitioner
Jeremy M. Feigenbaum, New Jersey State Solicitor
Andrew L. Adler for petitioner
The justices, all now fully vaccinated, recently sat for an official portrait. The SCOTUSblog banner above was based on that photo. Interestingly another photo taken at the same time shows a wider view of the room including a portrait of Chief Justice Roger Taney, author of the infamous Dred Scott opinion. I originally had included the Taney portrait — see below — but was persuaded that it might be confusing.
Late as lately usual, here are some sketches from the March arguments which continue to be heard remotely by telephone. Just in time for the April sitting beginning Monday.
Joshua P. Thompson for petitioners
California Solicitor General Michael J. Mongan
Eric R. Henkel, appointed by the Court
Shay Dvoretzky for petitioner
Kannon K. Shanmugam for petitioners
Samuel Issacharoff for respondent
Jeffery L. Kessler for respondents
Other than the Arizona voting case it was a pretty quiet calendar for the SCOTUS February sitting. This month will be pretty much the same, but April looks to pick up the pace. And I’m getting fat and lazy.
Neal K. Katyal for respondent
David J. Zimmer for respondent
Jeffrey Fisher, with law students, arguing for petitioner
Samuel T. Harbourt, California Deputy Solicitor General
Amanda K. Rice, Court-appointed amicus in support of judgement below
Mark A. Perry arguing for Smith & Nephew, Inc. in Arthrex
Jessica R. Amunson for repondent Secretary Hobbs
Sarah M. Harris for petitioners
Fencing surrounds SCOTUS following mob attack on capitol.
January was a little crazy here in DC so maybe I’ll be forgiven for forgetting to post these sketches in a timely manner. Fewer cases than usual were on the calendar, and arguments continued to be heard remotely by telephone.
Paul W. Hughes for respondents
Andrew A. Pinson for respondents
Kristen K. Waggoner for petitioners
Joel R. Marcus arguing for FTC
Kannon K. Shanmugam for petitioners
Victor M. Sher for respondents
Senate page hands question to parliamentarian
The second impeachment trial of now former president Trump took but five days, four of which are documented in these few sketches. Access to the Senate gallery was restricted because of the COVID19 pandemic which meant that we were rotated in for about twenty minutes every couple hours or so. Nevertheless the staff of the Radio-TV gallery were incredibly helpful and accommodating as always. I just hope to never sketch another impeachment.
One third of GOP seats empty during House managers’ args
Sen. Hawley ( feet up? )
House manager Rep. Swalwell and Republican senators
Senators Burr ( no socks ) and Fischer
Empty public gallery
Senators Cassidy ( taking notes ) and Cruz
Lindsey Graham has first GOP question
GOP Senator Braun reading magazine during House managers’ closing argument.
Trump defense attorney Michael Van Der Veen and House manager Stacy Plaskett shortly before announcement of stipulation on witness.
Senators huddle following vote to allow witnesses.