About

Welcome to High School SCOTUS.

My name is Anna Salvatore. I started this blog in late February 2018 with the goal of analyzing Supreme Court cases that affect high schoolers. The website has since morphed into a more general Supreme Court blog, with over a dozen teenagers from across the United States writing about current Court opinions and arguments. We have received media attention from NPR Weekend Edition, The Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times UpFront, and other news outlets for our nonpartisan coverage of the Court.

I graduated high school in June 2020, and High School SCOTUS is now in hibernation. There are not many teenagers who spend their spare time combing through supreme court.gov, so it’s been difficult for me to find a willing successor as Editor-in-Chief. Nevertheless, I’m thankful to everyone who has read High School SCOTUS over the past two years and who has given us an embarrassing amount of support.

You can follow my Twitter account (@hischoolscotus) to continue reading my work. I will be interning at Lawfare this fall and writing for Princeton University’s student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, starting in 2021.

Listed below are the students who have written for High School SCOTUS.

Contributors

Joe Hanlon

Joe is a student at Middlebury College. An avid fan of SCOTUSblog, Joe joined this site in early 2018 as a weekly contributor. He writes about major cases before the Court, the ideological makeup of the justices, and other feature pieces.

Jackson Foster

Jackson is a sophomore 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 Donohue

Brenna is a sophomore 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.

Caleb Horn

Caleb is a student at the University of 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

Kai Franks is a rising freshman at the University of Virginia. 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 Herbert

Curtis is a rising freshman at Hillsdale College. He’s interested in constitutional law, heavy metal music, and the Houston Astros. In 2020 he won Professor Josh Blackman’s Virtual Supreme Court contest for high school students.

Will Foster

Will is a rising freshman at Columbia University. In middle school, he served as a Kid Reporter for Sports Illustrated Kids magazine and website. He is editor of his school newspaper, the Paw Print, and he’s currently interning at his local alderman’s office. Will has also interned for a Vermont state senator.

Rishav Dhar

Rishav is a rising senior at Hopewell Valley Central High School. A voracious follower of national news, he often explores the legal consequences of bills from Congress.