Just a few days before taking the bench to hear the first oral arguments of the October Term 2017, the Supreme Court today released the hearing list for the October sitting. Monday’s removal of the challenges to President Donald Trump’s March 6 executive order freezing travel to the United States by nationals of six Muslim-majority countries means that the justices will hear nine hours of oral arguments over five days; Monday, October 9 is a federal holiday.
As is so often the case these days, the hearing list contains a critical mass of veteran Supreme Court litigators: Paul Clement (who argues twice, on the first and last days of the sitting) and Erin Murphy of Kirkland & Ellis; Dan Ortiz of the University of Virginia’s Supreme Court clinic; Orrick’s Joshua Rosenkranz; Wisconsin solicitor general Misha Tseytlin; Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center; Timothy Bishop of Mayer Brown; Ohio solicitor general Eric Murphy; and Jeffrey Fisher, co-director of Stanford’s Supreme Court clinic. Three alumni from the Stanford clinic will also argue in October, although not against Fisher: Eric Feigin and Rachel Kovner of the U.S. solicitor general’s office, and Jones Day’s Nathaniel Garrett.
Unfortunately, as is also often the case, women are relatively few and far between on the hearing list: Jenner & Block’s Jessica Ring Amunson joins Erin Murphy and Rachel Kovner for a total of only three of the 24 argument slots in October. Believe it or not, this is a big improvement over the October 2015 argument calendar, in which Kovner was the only woman to argue.