Media cameras outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the immigration case United States v. Texas. April 18, 2016. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ)
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a first for the institution, will live stream a portion of a memorial Friday for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The invitation-only memorial will begin with a meeting of the Supreme Court’s Bar at 1:45 followed by a special session of the high court at 3 p.m. Scalia died on Feb. 13.
The bar meeting will be live-streamed from the court’s website and will be led by former Scalia clerk Paul Cappucio, executive vice president and general counsel of Time Warner.
Other speakers, also former clerks, will include Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Kirkland & Ellis’ Paul Clement; Bradford Clark of George Washington University School of Law, and Kristin Linsley of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Memorials represent the only formal meetings of the high court bar, comprised of roughly 300,000 members, according to former Supreme Court clerk William Suter. The president of the bar is the solicitor general of the United States, presently acting solicitor general Ian Gershengorn.
Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, a grassroots organization seeking greater transparency and accountability at the high court, called the webcast announcement “a shock, though a much appreciated one.” He added, “I hope it is also a sign that the voices of reason and modernity are gaining acceptance inside the building.”
New York University School of Law’s Rachel Barkow, a former Scalia clerk, will move a resolution to be approved by the bar at the end of the meeting. That resolution will be presented in the special session of the court in the courtroom at 3 p.m.
The special session, which will not be live-streamed, will feature remarks by Gershengorn and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will respond on behalf of the court.
Remarks during memorial sessions are made part of the U.S. Reports and also published in pamphlet form. The court building on Friday will close at noon.
Tony Mauro contributed to this report.