SCOTUS Inside Scoop: Sotomayor was not wearing the Collar/Neck Doily Ginsburg gave her

In perhaps the most important SCOTUS fashion development since Solicitor General Kagan’s non-Morning Coat attire, I just heard from someone who attended oral arguments that Justice Sotomayor was not wearing the Collar/Neck Doily Justice Ginsburg gave her.

Although she wore the Collar in the group photo:

She did not wear it in her individual photo, unlike Justice Ginsburg

Ginsburg with Collar

Sotomayor without Collar

Could this serve as a bone of contention between the two female Justices? Or maybe Justice Sotomayor, who never wore the Neck Doily on the 2nd Circuit, just didn’t like the fashion. We shall see.

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Photo Gallery: My Ode to Article III, and Pictures of Me With Other People I Admire

Here is a facebook gallery I assembled of pictures of me with some of the cooler people I’ve met. The gallery includes pictures of me with Judges, Professors, Politicians, and other people I admire. I won’t say that the pictures are arranged in any particular order, but they’re also not totally random (e.g., Thomas before Scalia, Easterbrook before Posner). Later, I’ll post a gallery of all of my autographed Constitutions.

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Sotomayor ties Van Devanter for Justice with most syllables in last name

At four syllables each these two jurists share a totally irrelevant distinction.

Technically Van Devanter is two words. But I am a fan of Dutch butter cookies so I’ll give the Horseman the benefit of the doubt.



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Yes, there is actually a movie called “First Monday in October” about the Supreme Court

In keeping with today’s Supreme Court Theme (even though the first argument was canceled and Mason’s trip to the Court was postponed), I’ve found a movie about the Supreme Court.

Fire up your Netflix Queues. In 1981, Walter Mathau starred in a movie called “First Monday in October.”


For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate.

Perhaps one of the funniest quote explains my objection that the Justice’s group portraits are always so awkward:

Ruth Loomis: [the Justices posing for a group photograph] Should we smile a little?
Justice Dan Snow: Good God, no. Who’d trust a happy Justice?

But why does the Movie Poster have a Picture of the Capitol. They are facing the wrong side of First Street!

H/T WSJ and Adam A. for Pointer

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OT09 Term Begins, SCOTUS Plays Musical Chairs. New Bench Seating Arrangement.

Today is the day! October 5, the beginning of the Supreme Court’s October 2009 Term.

In light of Justice Souter’s departure, and Justice Sotomayor’s arrival,I realized that the Nine will play a bit of musical chairs on the bench. As you may know, the Justices are seated by order of seniority, with the Chief in the middle. The most senior associate justice sits to his left, next senior associate justice sits to his right, and it alternates down the bench. With the new configuration, Justice Sotomayor will take Justice Alito’s seat. Alito J., no longer the baby of the court, gets to move on up to the left side. I had tickets to arguments today, but sadly, duty of my court calls. I’ll listen to the recorded arguments later. I’m curious to see how Sotomayor, J., gets settled in.

From left to right.

Alito Ginsburg Kennedy Stevens Roberts Scalia Thomas Breyer Sotomayor
Seat 1 Seat 2 Seat 3 Seat 4 Seat 5 Seat 6 Seat 7 Seat 8 Seat 9

It’s pretty cool that Nino and Thomas will be sitting next to each other. Maybe Nino can break Thomas out of his quiet streak. And Thomas is still sitting next to Breyer, his former benchmate, so they can continue yukking it up while the oral advocates sweat it out.

And, as I previously blogged, here is a picture of the new Nine assembled:

The New Portrait of the New Nine

The New Portrait of the New Nine

They are all able to pose for their individual shots. Why can’t they pose, even for a second, for the group shot?

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Pic: Justice Sotomayor’s 1L Facebook Photo from Yale Law School

While I was trolling around the Yale Law School Library this weekend, I snapped a shot of Justice Sotomayor’s 1L Facebook photo from 1978!

Justice Sotomayor's Yale Law School Facebook 1L Photo

Justice Sotomayor's Yale Law School Facebook 1L Photo

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Start of the October 2009 SCOTUS Term. JoshBlogs is SCOTUS Themed Today.

To Supreme Court Junkies, the first Monday in October is equivalent to Opening Day in baseball. And this is an even more exciting opening day, because it is Justice Sotomayor’s first official day on the job (asides from that rare early Hillary Movie oral argument). So all posts today will be SCOTUS related in one form or another, with a focus on the Nine’s newest member. I will return to my regularly scheduled programming tomorrow (and I have a few good posts in the works).

Today the Court will hear:

  1. South Carolina v. North Carolina (138 Original) — participation of non-parties in Original cases
  2. Maryland v. Shatzer (08-680) — limits on police questioning after a suspect asks for a lawyer
  3. Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter (08-678)) — right to appeal compelled disclosure of attorney-client communications

h/t ScotusWiki

What better way to kick off a term than an original jurisdiction case?

The George Mason Federalist Society will be sitting in on Mohawk v. Carpenter, so say Hi if you see them at the Marble Palace!

Update: Per BLT, the first argument will be rescheduled.

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