The United States Supreme Court is rightfully called the “highest court in the land” due to its jurisdiction over all other courts. Years ago I was given an inside tour of the U.S. Supreme Court building and was suitably impressed by the courtroom, chambers, Clerk’s Office, and other spaces. One of the lasting memories I have, however, is that the large ornate courtroom isn’t actually the highest court, since there is a basketball court on the floor above, and that athletic space has been given the title of being the “highest court in the land.” I was reminded of this by a story that was recently published in Sports Illustrated magazine, which recounts the history of the basketball court and relates lots of interesting stories involving many justices and their law clerks who have used the space over the years. You can read the story at https://www.si.com/nba/2018/07/25/supreme-court-building-basketball-court, it will give you a whole new (and fun) look at the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Published by Norman Meyer
After 38 years as a trial court administrator in the state and federal courts in the U.S., Norman continues to write, teach, and otherwise participate in judicial administration activities world-wide. In particular, he is active in the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) as an Advisory Board member and past Regional Vice President, in the National Association for Court Management (NACM) as a Past President (having received NACM's Award of Merit), and as an Associate of the Justice Speakers Institute. Norman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of New Mexico (Political Science and Russian Studies), and he received the Master of Science in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver College of Law. View all posts by Norman Meyer