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The Proposition 8 Supreme Court Arguments: A Photo Essay

Ed. note: Lawyer and journalist Michelle Olsen, a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, attended today’s oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the constitutional challenge to the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage in California.

Her write-up of the proceedings will appear shortly. In the meantime, check out the photographs she took while at the Court, after the jump.

I waited in the line for SCOTUS bar members with Mitchell Katine, an attorney for John Lawrence in 2003. Paul Smith, who argued for Lawrence in Lawrence v. Texas, gave Katine the quill (click to enlarge):

Soon-to-retire Clerk of Court Bill Suter visited with those in line:

Here’s what the line for public seating, which started forming last week, looked like on Monday:

Authority of Law and Contemplation of Justice were lucky enough to get seats:

After the argument, I walked down SCOTUS steps and saw this scene:

UPDATE (10:15 p.m.): You can read the report on the arguments here.

Attorney Michelle Olsen writes for the National Law Journal’s Supreme Court section and publishes Appellate Daily, a Twitter feed and blog about federal appeals. She can be reached at

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