Recently, I shared a cartoon by my friend, Clay, about the growing attacks on women’s reproductive rights by individual states. I promised to share the Supreme Court’s contact info in my brief introduction to his post.
After hours & days of searching (OK, so it was a 30 second Google search), I found it. What’s even better, I found an article claiming to know how Supreme Court justices prefer you contact them.
The article comes from a site called Legal Beagle. The website has posts in various areas of U.S. law that people with law training review, even if they don’t write them themselves.
I want you to have the website’s credentials. You want to make an informed decision on whether it’s trustworthy or not.
I’m going to give a brief (as brief as I can manage, anyways) summary of the article. I also invite you to check it out & see for yourself!
First, Why Contact the Supreme Court Justices?
The simplest answer is: you have a concern about a case that is, or may be, going before the court. You want the individuals to hear your voice.
Are your impassioned words going to change the justices’ minds?
But it is possible that your message will get past the gate-keepers & reach its intended audience.
Supreme Court justices all have staff who read their correspondence & pass along pertinent or interesting communications to the respective justices. So, in order to reach the justice(s) to which you’re writing, you have to craft your letter to his or her liking.
That may take some creativity.
The justices have their own opinions on political & legal matters. The Supreme Court’s recent opinions & older – or “Bound Volumes” – opinions are available online. Doing some research might help you craft your message to the individual justice’s liking.
In the end, the justices do care about the public’s opinion. They might be less likely to read an opinion with which they disagree, but it’s worth reaching out to them anyway.
So, You Want to Contact the Supreme Court Justices!
The United States Supreme Court is all about tradition. Out of respect for the Court & its justices, we gotta get old school here – that’s right, I’m talking about writing a letter.
We’ll have to use stamps & everything!
(Insert dramatic music here.)
All kidding aside, the justices are more likely to read your message if it’s in the format they prefer. You can type up the letter – no need to worry about your handwriting being legible – just remember to format it like a business letter.
If, like me, you’re clueless as to how to write a business letter, the Internet has a wealth of tips & guidelines.
Make sure your letter, which you crafted to an individual justice’s particular leanings, is addressed to that justice. Yes, you’ll have to mail 9 letters if you want to contact them all.
Each letter is sent to the same address:
Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543
Why Am I Recommending All This Work?
I refer back to Clay’s fantastic cartoon to help answer this question. With a picture & a speech bubble, it explains how state governments are restricting women’s rights. The states are doing this, obviously, to try & get a case before the Supreme Court.
The ultimate goal is to overturn Roe V. Wade. If you have a functioning brainstem, you’ll know that this is bad. It’s not the government’s business what a woman does with her body.
(It might be a good idea to mention Constitutional elements like the right to privacy – & how it applies the Fourteenth Amendment – that formed the decision in the first place.)
Contacting the Supreme Court justices might not do a darned bit of good if & when it comes to “crunch time.” However, I wouldn’t be able to sleep without at least making some effort.
How do you care to sleep at night?