In recent years, the US Supreme Court has increasingly relied on a truncated procedure, often referred to as a “shadow docket.” This process skips many of the normal steps used by the Court to issue a final opinion and lacks the transparency and disclosure of the Court’s typical docket. Andrew Schultz explains this emerging mechanism used by the Supreme Court that has produced dispositive rulings on matters related to immigration, COVID-19 and evictions and, most recently, abortion.

Andrew Schultz is a director at the Rodey Law Firm where he practices in the litigation department. He is the only graduate of the UNM Law School to serve as a law clerk at the US Supreme Court, serving as clerk to Byron R. White. Schultz has been a visiting professor at UNM’s School of Law and continues to serve as an adjunct professor. He is listed among the Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico as compiled by Southwest Super Lawyers.