Good afternoon and welcome to Supreme Court Brief. We are a day late due to a technical snafu. With the new term just around the corner, court watchers are offering insights into the cases and justices. We checked in on one term preview with a panel of veterans from the Office of U.S. Solicitor General. Mayer Brown’s Ken Geller, co-author of the bible for high court advocates—”Supreme Court Practice”—has some timely thoughts about the “shadow docket.” And the justices have adopted a “hybrid” approach to oral arguments in the pandemic, pulling together the best—or worst—from the old and telephonic way of doing things.

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Second Amendment rights supporters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, after the court struck down the D.C. handgun ban. June 26, 2008. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

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