Staying Focused with SCOTUS Theme Days


I remember it like it was yesterday: April 25, 2017, otherwise known as Personal Jurisdiction Day at the U.S. Supreme Court. That glorious Tuesday the highest court in the land heard not one, but two whole cases on the foundational concept of personal jurisdiction—that is, the reach of courts over certain defendants.

Not getting you excited? Well, perhaps Nov. 27 was more memorable for you. You know, SCOTUS IP day. That day the court considered two cases on the controversial (seriously) patent procedure known as inter partes review.

Not that one either? Well, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a SCOTUS theme day that suits your needs. That’s because the Supreme Court seems to be increasing its practice of devoting whole argument days to similarly themed cases.
Take for example, Nov. 28, which featured two securitiescases.

Or Jan. 8, known unofficially as Original Jurisdiction Day, where several states will go head-to-head in two separate cases that showcase a quirky Supreme Court procedure.

If those aren’t your cup of tea, you could always stick around for Fourth Amendment Day at the Supreme Court. On that day, Jan. 9, the high court will consider how the search and seizure protections apply to different automobile scenarios.

Of course, if you like Fourth Amendment Day, you may want to stick around for Criminal Week. Yes, you read that right… the Supreme Court has set aside the entire “week” of Feb. 20 (all of two days) for criminal cases!

So be sure to check out what’s playing at the high court before you slog through the hours-long line. And don’t blame me if you make it through the line only to discover that you’ve arrived on a day like Jan. 16, a.k.a. Obscure Provisions Day.