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Cecilia “Cissy” Suyat Marshall

Thurgood Marshall’s son and widow seated in courtroom as opinion in Schuette is announced.

Justice Thurgood Marshall’s widow, Cecilia Marshall, died this Tuesday. After her husband’s death in 1991, she continued to occasionally appear at the Court, most recently during the 2018 arguments in Trump v. Hawaii.

Justice Marshall’s widow, Cecilia, in audience at Supreme Court

Sketches From the April Sitting

Not sure why it has taken me so long to post these, I guess the thrill is gone. Very sad to see the empty Court closed to the press and public, surrounded by tall barricades and closed streets.

Here are sketches from April’s arguments.

March Sketches

As the Court’s March sitting began most of the attention was on the confirmation hearings for judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Here are some sketches from the sparsely attended arguments.




February Sitting Sketches

The big news in January: The announcement that Justice Breyer will retire after the last opinion of the term is delivered. A greatly admired and deeply humble man, Justice Breyer is famous for the expansive, and sometimes weird, hypothetical questions he asks during argument. With wonderful body language and an expressive face he is one of the most fun to draw. I wish him the best, and hope he continues to ride his bike without mishaps.

I don’t know why but as retirement approaches it has become increasingly difficult to bring myself to post the sketches to this blog. Forgive me. I will attempt to wrap it up and get up to date with these next three posts.

Seems someone left a fire extinguisher by the bench on the first day of the February sitting. It was gone the next day.