Witnessing Supreme Court History

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Studies Speaker Series

Supreme Court of the United States

Hosted by Zachary Wolfe, Esq., Assistant Professor of Writing, GW

Moderator: Rachel Riedner, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvce-tqD0oGdHSGa9m-XCFVg36SQLH96xn
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

When the U.S. Supreme Court responded to the pandemic with an unprecedented teleconference for oral arguments, we lost the opportunity to be in the room with the Justices and arguing counsel and to participate in demonstrations and press events in front of the Court — but we gained the ability to listen in live to a new type of argument without having to wait in line overnight. When the Court decided to issue decisions online instead of on paper, we lost the Running of the Interns — a loss that nothing can counterbalance, although the gif helps a little!

The Court returns for a new term on First Monday. Although we do not yet know if the arguments will be in person or telephonic, we do know which cases they will be considering in the first two weeks. On Tuesday, October 6, we will meet to discuss the singular experience of Supreme Court oral arguments and the significant “no fly list” case that will have been argued that morning. Leading the event will be Zachary Wolfe, a professor in the University Writing Program and a member of the Supreme Court Bar who incorporates cases into his classes and has submitted amicus briefs in the Court on behalf of a range of organizations. Please see profzwolfe.com for information about the cases and (when available) any details about how arguments will be conducted, including if it will be possible to listen in live.