It’s the first Monday in October, when the Supreme Court officially starts its term. And that means that First Mondays is back for a brand new season! In today’s episode, we catch you up on the biggest grants from the Supreme Court’s “long conference,” including Janus v. American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees, which concerns the constitutionality of public-sector union agency fees. We review the calendar for the October sitting, and talk about some of the cases the justices will be hearing this week—most notably, Gill v. Whitford, the massively important political gerrymandering case. And we review the latest developments in the travel-ban case, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, which the court just removed from the argument calendar in light of events that may have rendered the case moot.
But that’s not all! Uncover the secrets of the solicitor general’s hidden apartment in the Department of Justice building—and its possibly unsavory origins. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about the role of apostrophes in Supreme Court cases. Get some insight into how advocates might handle the deja vu associated with rearguing a case from the previous Supreme Court term. And hear us debate how exactly police might search a moving car.