Welcome to High School SCOTUS!
My name is Anna Salvatore. I’m a high school senior from Pennington, New Jersey.
During a study hall in my freshman year, I stumbled across the argument transcript for Maslenjak v. United States, a case about a Serbian woman who lied during her naturalization process. The transcript was surprisingly easy to follow, and the personalities of the justices shone through in their questioning styles. Since that morning I have not stopped reading transcripts and court opinions, eager to learn more about appellate law and constitutional law more generally.
I started this blog in 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, featuring analyses of current cases and interviews with legal experts. My subjects include:
- Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement,
- University of Arizona law professor Andrew Coan,
- Yale Law Professor Justin Driver,
- Legal Journalist Chris Geidner,
- SCOTUSblog founder Tom Goldstein,
- Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal,
- Court artist Art Lien,
- New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak,
- University of Michigan Law Professor Leah Litman,
- Litigant Extraordinaire Fane Lozman,
- Princeton Professor Robert George,
- New York Times writer Linda Greenhouse,
- Legal Writing Pro Founder Ross Guberman,
- Georgetown professor Shon Hopwood,
- NPR reporter Carrie Johnson,
- Congressman Jamie Raskin,
- National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen
- Fix the Court Director Gabe Roth,
- Former First Mondays host Ian Samuel,
- Boston University Law Professor Jay Wexler
- Lawfare Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes.
Listed below are the students who write for High School SCOTUS. If you are interested in joining our crew, reach out to me via the Contacts tab or directly through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe is a freshman at Middlebury College. 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 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 Breyer hypotheticals — and he enjoys using empirical analysis for fun side projects. For example, Jackson 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 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 is a freshman 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. In March 2018, 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 is a high school senior in Minnesota. He’s interested in constitutional law, heavy metal music, and the Houston Astros.
Will is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago. 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.
Danielle is a high school student from Los Angeles. Deeply interested in politics, she is a member of Junior State and the Los Angeles Young Women’s Council. She also interns for California state senator Bob Hertzberg.
Jason is a high school senior and Supreme Court enthusiast from Natick, Massachusetts. He would love to be a lawyer someday, but in the meantime he enjoys keeping up with Court opinions and drawing article material from his AP Government class. In his free time, he listens to r&b music — Portugal. The Man, Sir Sly, and Cold War Kids are particular favorites — and roots for the Yankees.
Joey is a high school junior in Elkhorn, Nebraska. He is a journalist for his school newspaper, a policy and congressional debater, and an avid reader, so he just knows he’s right. He also serves as a defense attorney for teens with misdemeanor offenses, and enjoys representing the interests of a more compassionate justice system. As a young fan of the Supreme Court, he did many projects in the early aughts about Batson v. Kentucky. In 2020 he will be knocking on doors for the inevitable Breyer | Booker Liberal Pragmatism for America Campaign.