A Civic Theater Project

Past Work


L-R Christina Mansfield, Ahilan Arulanantham and Dorothy Fortenberry

L-R Christina Mansfield, Ahilan Arulanantham and Dorothy Fortenberry


An encore reading of Jennings v. Rodriguez (originally seen at Z Space in San Francisco) in partnership with East West Players as part of their Counter Culture Series. Our panel was Ahilan Arulanantham (MacArthur Fellow/Senior Counsel ACLU of Southern California,) who represented the respondents in the case and Christina Mansfield, Co-Executive Director of Freedom for Immigrants. Dorothy Fortenberry moderated.

  • Chief Justice John Roberts Gio Adams

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor/Gretta Soto Moreno Amy Lizardo

  • Justice Elena Kagan Anna Lamadrid

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dian Kobayashi

  • Justice Samuel Alito Dana Lee

  • Justice Neil Gorsuch Funmi Showole Amubieya

  • Justice Anthony Kennedy Robert Parsons

  • Justice Stephen Breyer Dan Gold

  • Justice Clarence Thomas/Sylvester Owino Ben Guillory

  • Council for the respondent Ahilan Arulanantham Anil Kumar

  • Council for the Petitioner Malcolm Stewart John Lavelle

  • Clerk Araceli Prasarttonogosoth

March 2017 HarveY Milk Center for the arts

A reading of arguments in Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado in association with the Center for New Work and the Cultural Arts Division of San Francisco Rec & Parks Dept. The event took place at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. The panel was Jeffrey L. Fisher, Supreme Court lawyer and Counsel for Peña Rodriguez, Talia Inlender, Public Counsel and Ana Minian, Stanford Professor of History and of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Lisa Stern (SCOTUS Theater Co-Founder) Moderated.

Justices (in order of seniority):

  • Anthony Kennedy -- Robert Parsons

  • Clarence Thomas -- Carl Lumbly

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Alexis Loeb

  • Stephen Breyer -- Tom Reilly

  • John Roberts -- Meredith Dearborn

  • Samuel Alito -- Will Marchetti

  • Sonia Sotomayor -- Amy Lizardo

  • Elena Kagan -- Clove Galilee

Counsel (in order of appearance):

  • Jeffrey Fisher -- Justin Lee

  • Frederick Yarger-- Ben Euphrat*

  • Rachel Kovner -- Laura Lee

The Cast of Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado

The Cast of Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado


December 2017 “YOu should have th body Z Space, San Francisco

Reading of arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez with excerpts from stories of people held in immigration detention. Event supported by a generous grant from Cal Humanities. Panel was Imani Gandy (Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire,) Tina Shull (Soros Fellow at Freedom for Immigrants) and Vasudha Talla (Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California.)

Justices (in Order of Seniority:)

  • Robert Parsons- Justice Anthony Kennedy

  • Darryl V. Jones - Justice Clarence Thomas

  • Wendy vanden Heuvel- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Michael Ferguson- Justice Steven Breyer

  • Stephen Muterspaugh- Chief Justice John Roberts

  • Richard Fredrick- Justice Samuel Alito

  • Amy Lizardo - Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  • Clove Galilee- Justice Elena Kagan

  • Joel Mullennix - Justice Neil Gorsuch

Council (in Order of Appearance)

  • Amy Kossow - Malcolm Stewart

  • Shoresh Alaudini - Ahilan Arulanantham

  • Atosa Babaoff - Clerk

Fall 2016 The Flight Deck, Oakland

Our first event! Reading of arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Panel was Kathleen Hartnet (Former Associate White House Counsel,) Daniel Grossman (Expert Witness for the Prosecution in WWH v. Hellerstedt, Professor: UCSF, Director: ANSIRH, Principal Investigator: Texas Policy Evaluation Project,) Samara Azam (Executive Director: Access Women’s Health) moderated.

Justices, In order of Seniority

  • Anthony Kennedy -- Robert Parsons

  • Clarence Thomas -- Mujaheed Abdul-Rasheed

  • Ruth bader Ginsburg -- Wendy vanden Heuvel 

  • Stephen Breyer — Micheal Ferguson

  • Chief Justice John Roberts -- Michael Ray Wisely

  • Samuel Alito -- Will Marchetti

  • Sonia Sotomayor -- Amy Lizardo

  • Elena Kagan -- Clove Galilee 

Counsel, In order of Appearance:

  • Stephanie Toti - Atosa Babaoff

  • Donald Verrilli -- Kathleen Hartnet

  • Scott Keller -- Jeremy Kahn