A week ago Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he would be retiring from the Court later this term at the beginning of the summer recess. He will be missed, if not most of all then certainly to a great degree, by the sketch artists. He animates the bench with an extensive vocabulary of hand gestures and body language that makes it easy to tell a visual story, and his interminable hypotheticals allow ample time to capture the moment on paper.
Here are some sketches of Justice Breyer, chosen mostly at random not because of their historical significance but because they are the least bad drawings ( I always found it a challenge to limn this justice’s likeness ).
Charles J. Cooper, representing Senator Cruz, responds to Justice Breyer
Same -sex marriage argument, Hollingsworth v. Perry
Second amendment argument, DC v. Heller
Justice Breyer’s arm is in a sling under his robe after a bicycle fall
Justices Breyer & Scalia
Justice Breyer announces opinion in Aereo.
Justice Breyer with opinion of the Court on recess appointments.
Justice Breyer with opinion in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Justice Breyer opinions in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne, and BOA v. Miami
Justice Breyer with opinion in Turner v. U.S.
Justice Breyer questions repondent’s lawyer, Kelsi B. Corkran.
Justice Breyer questions Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall
Justice Breyer with opinion in Lagos v. United States
Justice Breyer dissents inTrump v. Hawaii
Justice Thomas with opinion in NIFLA v. Becerra ( Justice Breyer, right, dissents ).
Justice Breyer dissents in Nielsen v. Preap
Justoce Breyer with opinion in Merck Sharp & Dohme v. Albrecht
Justice Breyer’s cell phone rings during arguments in Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sketches from the Mississippi abortion argument, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., were posted earlier. Here are the rest of December’s sketches.
. . . 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