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Welcome to Supreme Court Brief! The justices will hold their first conference of 2020 on Friday and will be prepping for arguments next week. One of their January cases has an amicus brief by a McGuireWoods partner who was the young respondent in 2004′s Locke v. Davey—a key precedent in the January religion clause case. Meanwhile, as the court prepares to hear the Louisiana abortion-clinic case weeks from now, the parties are feuding over the record. Plus, the SG’s office recently brought on former Kavanaugh/ Scalia clerk Rebecca Taibleson, but gender diversity’s dwindling.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at mcoyle@alm.com. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at tmauro@alm.com. On Twitter: @Tonymauro

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