When I woke this morning at 2:40am, I thought that I had surely lost the first spot in line. After all, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project is the Court’s first First Amendment case arising out of the past decade’s war on terror. But the winter cold and late night rains conspired against my contemplated competitors: when I power-walked up to the Court, no one else was there.
A few thoughts before I suit up and head back out:
- I have no idea how HLP will turn out. No idea at all. That makes this morning’s oral argument all the more exciting and will hopefully provide for a challenging, yet rewarding, write-up this afternoon. In the meantime, listen to my former boss‘s case preview.
- Opinions today. Expecting a few dogs, but if the Court hands down, say, Salazar v. Buono, Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or United States v. Stevens, I’ll have some comment up this afternoon.
- The line didn’t really get going until closer to 7am. I am shocked at just how few people got to the Court before dawn. Those who did arrive, however, were all law students, and undergraduate aspiring lawyers. As such, although I had a great time getting to know everyone in line, I will not be writing a vox populi column from this morning’s experience. Instead, look for my report from yesterday’s Lewis v. City of Chicago line to be posted by tonight.
- I’ve started to strike up relationships with the Court’s night shift police officers. They’re friendly, talkative, and have great stories from their years serving at One First. Too bad they won’t go on the record…but I’ll keep trying.
- So very glad that tomorrow’s cases do not compel F1@1F coverage. I love being out there, but I do also love a good night’s sleep.
Shower time. More later today.