Welcome to High School SCOTUS.
My name is Anna Salvatore. I’m a high school junior who spends way too much time obsessing over the Supreme Court, the Yankees, and print newspapers.
I fell in love with the Court after reading the oral argument transcript for Maslenjak v. United States in April 2017. Over the next year, I read oodles of Supreme Court books and kept up with legal news through SCOTUSblog.
Eventually, I needed an outlet for my fandom. It’s hard to be really passionate about something without having another person to talk to about it. So I started this blog in late February 2018 with the goal of analyzing Supreme Court cases that affect high schoolers. It’s since morphed into a more general Supreme Court blog, since high-school-related material (and interested readers) are hard to come by.
High School SCOTUS began as a very small project, but it’s grown with the help of many wonderful people. I’m thankful to my friends, family, interview subjects, and the Appellate Twitter community for their support.
Joe is a high school senior from North Carolina. He’s currently interning with a D.C. Superior Court Judge and studying government at Governor’s School. An avid fan of SCOTUSblog, Joe joined this site a couple months ago as a weekly contributor. He writes about major cases before the Court, the ideological makeup of the justices, and other feature pieces. He’s very interested in the upcoming Kavanaugh confirmation battle.
Jackson is a freshman at the University of Alabama. He loves the Philadelphia Phillies, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., and Les Miserables. He’s fascinated by the dynamics of oral argument — especially long, convoluted Breyer hypotheticals — and he enjoys using empirical analysis for fun side projects. For example, Jackson recently spearheaded the Silver Medal SCOTUS series to see how blockbuster OT 2017 cases would turn out differently with “second-place” justices (ex: Harriet Miers and Douglas Ginsburg).
Brenna is a freshman at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She’s keenly interested in science, business, the law, and where these areas overlap. In her free time, she binge- watches Arrested Development (the official TV show of High School SCOTUS) and amasses as many used books as humanly possible. Brenna is also an ardent fan of Lawfare. She’ll attend Whitman College next year, where she looks forward to studying mass incarceration and joining the “killer debate team.”
Caleb is a high school junior from Mustang, Oklahoma. He is involved with his school’s Debate and Mock Trial teams, and he recently interned at his local public defender’s office. Back in March, he attended the oral argument for Sveen v. Melin at the Supreme Court. He looks forward to writing about criminal law and the personal dynamics between the justices.
Kai Franks is a high school student from New York City. Kai grew interested in the Supreme Court because of their favorite professor, Steven Mazie, who is also the Court correspondent for The Economist. Their dream is to become a federal judge.
Curtis attends high school in Minnesota. He’s interested in constitutional law, heavy metal music, and the Houston Astros. Right now, he’s competing in Professor Josh Blackman’s Virtual Supreme Court contest for high school students.