Good morning and welcome to Supreme Court Brief. Justice Amy Coney Barrett stepped into the public spotlight this week when she argued on behalf of the court’s non-partisan decisionmaking at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, founded by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Barrett criticized media coverage of the court’s decisions—confirming a court trend identified in a recent study. The amicus briefs are pouring in on the term’s Second Amendment case. We have a veteran advocate’s personal reason for joining one of them. And scroll down for the latest in the term’s big abortion case.