Welcome to High School SCOTUS.
My name is Anna Salvatore. I’m a high school junior who spends my free time obsessing over the Supreme Court, the Yankees, and ’70s music.
I became interested in the Supreme Court after reading the oral argument transcript for Maslenjak v. United States in a freshman year study hall. Over the next year, I read oodles of Supreme Court books and kept up with legal news through SCOTUSblog.
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.
Listed below are the students who write for High School SCOTUS.
Joe will soon be 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 rising 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 is a rising 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 will soon be 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 rising high school senior in Minnesota. He’s interested in constitutional law, heavy metal music, and the Houston Astros.
Will is a rising 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 Efrat 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 rising 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.