The Tenth Justice


The Supreme Court wrapped up oral arguments for the term on Monday, so our hosts brought in an exciting guest to keep the legal nerdery barreling full steam ahead for our listeners. On Thursday’s episode, Sarah is joined by Jonathan Ellis, an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. Tune in to hear Jonathan chat about what it’s like representing the U.S. government in front of the Supreme Court, how many cases he argues per term, how the solicitor general goes about assigning cases, briefs, and arguments to assistants, and more! Plus, Sarah shares a funny anecdote involving Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a trashcan, and Matt Damon.

Show Notes:

-Sarah’s piece in Politico on serial clerkships

Camping Outside the Supreme Court


Today’s episode is the jackpot for Supreme Court bingo players, as our hosts play a guessing game as to which justices will write some of the court’s most anticipated forthcoming opinions. Also on today’s episode, David and Sarah chat about two cases involving racial classification in the dispensation of government relief to “socially disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers, and debate which Supreme Court cases AP U.S. history students should be required to commit to memory. Plus, Sarah shares a fun story about her experience camping outside of the Supreme Court building to hear oral arguments for D.C. v. Heller.

Show Notes:

-Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

-Ferris v. United States

-Trump v. Hawaii

A Cheerleader's Supreme Court Case


After reflecting on The Dispatch’s interview with former President George W. Bush this week, David and Sarah discuss Justice Stephen Breyer’s controversial pronunciation of the word “amicus,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Second Amendment jurisprudence, and Justice Neil Gorsuch’s majority opinion in Niz-Chavez v. Garland, Attorney General. Stay tuned to hear our hosts chat about Supreme Court oral arguments for a First Amendment lawsuit involving a high school cheerleader.

Show Notes:

-Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants  by George W. Bush

-George W. Bush Paints E Pluribus Unum on the Dispatch Podcast

-“When a Justice Needs a Friend” by William Safire in the New York Times

-Heller v. District of Columbia

-Niz-Chavez v. Garland, Attorney General

-Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. Supreme Court oral arguments

-Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

-Morse v. Frederick

-French Press: How an Angry Cheerleader Could Help Cancel Cancel Culture” by David French in The Dispatch

-Harper v. Poway Unified School District

-Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District

-Saxe v. State College Area School District

Supreme Court Picture Day


Buckle up, AO fans. There is a lot to cover on the Supreme Court front and David and Sarah talk about all of it on today’s episode. It starts with a definitive breakdown of the new Supreme Court portrait, then goes from a case that the Supreme Court will hear regarding the Second Amendment, to a case having to do with Guantanamo Bay, ending with the big First Amendment case being argued today. Plus, Sarah and David discuss the Netflix documentary about the college admissions scandal, Operation Varsity Blues, and why it’s damaging to tell kids that what college they attend is the most important factor in determining their success.

Show Notes:

-New SCOTUS Portrait 

-Chief Justice Roberts talking to Justice Kagan Portrait

-Jones v. Mississippi case

-Texas v. California case

-New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett

-SCOTUSblog page on Guantanamo Bay case

-SCOTUSblog page on Houston Community College System v. Wilson

-SCOTUSblog page on Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta

-Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta oral arguments

-Operation Varsity Blues on Netflix

-Sarah’s favorite Onion article

Chauvin’s Conviction and What's Next?


Today, David and Sarah give us their reactions to the Derek Chauvin trial verdict, talk about potential issues on appeal, and break down Minnesota state law on the competency of a juror as a witness. Also on today’s episode, our hosts chat about an interesting court filing involving Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and a talk about whether the law can or should protect employees from political discrimination.

Show Notes:

-Last week’s Advisory Opinions episode on the ins and outs of the Chauvin trial

-Minnesota 606(b)

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