First Mondays is creating Your Weekly Playbook For the Supreme Court
680

patrons

$3,815
per month
UPDATE December 11, 2017: Our Patreon campaign, originally launched in February, has been a huge success. We're stable, Melody gets paid every month, the show is sustainable going forward, and we're starting to have sponsors for some of the episodes. As a result, we've retooled our Patreon rewards a bit in order to recognize where we stand today. Going forward, we're going to provide a lot more value at the $5 tier—not just bonus episodes, but also ad-free regular episodes, live-streams of the recording sessions, access to the Slack group, and more. Basically, we want you to subscribe on Patreon if you want more First Mondays—and we want to make sure it's a good value for our devoted Firsties. 

Below is our original message from when we first launched the campaign in February 2017.
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First Mondays is a podcast covering the work of the Supreme Court—sort of a weekly playbook. When we first started it, we thought we'd have a couple dozen listeners: our families, friends, co-clerks, and certainly no more than five or six of the Justices themselves. But in just a few months, the show has gotten way bigger than we'd ever expected. Every week, thousands of dedicated Firsties are listening, calling the hotline, sending us their questions demented, and tweeting about how wrong we are.  

We want to keep this train rolling, and make First Mondays your go-to source for SCOTUS news and analysis for years to come.  In fact, we've got a lot of cool ideas in the works to make the show even better.  But thus far, it's all been a labor of love—we've financed it all on our dime.  To make this project sustainable for the long term, and to make it possible to do all the new and exciting things we have in mind, we need help from our dedicated Firsties.

The main thing your patronage will help us cover is our production costs. Producing multiple high-quality episodes each month isn't cheap: for one thing, we've got to pay our producer, Melody, who helps us sound like we aren't doing most episodes live from the Supreme Court's bathrooms. We also need to pay for web hosting, equipment, and (of course) ever-more-lavish artwork in Historic First Mondays Studios. We also want to make more episodes: bonus content, a summer series, and lots more. But that's just the beginning: we want to have live tapings in cities across the country,  new intro music, and fun merchandise. (A #StayFirstie mug? A "Questions Demented" game that is a barely-concealed rip-off of Cards Against Humanity? Who knows!)

Your support, in other words, is what will enable this project to keep going. We'll keep recording, keep venturing fearless predictions that inevitably turn out to be wrong, and—most importantly—we'll stay independent. We always call it like we see it, and we don't want to be beholden to anyone but you.

We're really, really excited about the future of First Mondays. We've barely gotten started. Right now, we're basically like the early volumes of the U.S. Reports that aren't even Supreme Court decisions yet. Help us take this thing to the next level.

Stay Firstie, my friends. 

—The First Mondays Guys
Tiers
First Mondays Amici
$5 or more per month 664 patrons
First Mondays amici receive tons of bonus goodies: 


—At least one patron-only bonus episode per month (but we usually aim for two). Extended interviews with leading Supreme Court advocates, "deep" discussions between Dan and Ian about law review articles, heady debates about the finer points of Supreme Court practice—basically, all the fun stuff we don't have time to talk about during the rush of the regular episodes.


—Ad-free and early-release episodes. We have sponsors for many of our regular episodes. If listening to us pitch products isn't your jam, you'll get to skip the ads with this special stream of episodes through your Patreon feed. Even better: backers get the episodes a few hours before everyone else, as soon as they're finalized on Sunday night. Spoil the show for everyone!


—Live streams of recording sessions. You'll get a real peek behind the curtain: Find out how frequently we mispronounce basic words and screw up basic points. Hear all the joke attempts that crash and burn and never make it into the episode.  Follow along in the chatroom and correct our mistakes in real time! (We don't live-stream our interviews of guests). 


—Access to our exclusive Slack group.  It's the hottest thing since #appellatetwitter.  Come debate SCOTUS procedure, chat live as the Court hands down opinions, and learn funny anecdotes about the Justices with an elite group of SCOTUS nerds!

Winning Court-Appointed Amicus
$50 or more per month 11 of 12 patrons
Want to be as cool as Evan Young, who as Court-appointed amicus successfully defended the judgment of the Fifth Circuit when both parties said it was wrong?  Sign up for this reward tier!  


At this tier, you'll earn a seat at the First Mondays Conference Table. Once a year, you'll get to pick a Supreme-Court related topic for us to cover in-depth in an episode segment.  Special masters;  RBG's jabots; the latest developments at the SCOTUS cafeteria—whatever you want to know about, we promise to have opinions.


Each seat at the First Mondays Conference Table is designated for a Justice. The twelve who sign up will each be assigned a Justice's seat: the eleven living justices and then the Scalia–Gorsuch(?) seat.

Goals
$3,815 of $5,000 per month
What's better than listening to First Mondays?  Getting to see First Mondays recorded in person--LIVE!  If we hit this goal, we'll do a series of live shows across the country where we can take questions from Firsties in person.  Let's make it happen!
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UPDATE December 11, 2017: Our Patreon campaign, originally launched in February, has been a huge success. We're stable, Melody gets paid every month, the show is sustainable going forward, and we're starting to have sponsors for some of the episodes. As a result, we've retooled our Patreon rewards a bit in order to recognize where we stand today. Going forward, we're going to provide a lot more value at the $5 tier—not just bonus episodes, but also ad-free regular episodes, live-streams of the recording sessions, access to the Slack group, and more. Basically, we want you to subscribe on Patreon if you want more First Mondays—and we want to make sure it's a good value for our devoted Firsties. 

Below is our original message from when we first launched the campaign in February 2017.
----------------


First Mondays is a podcast covering the work of the Supreme Court—sort of a weekly playbook. When we first started it, we thought we'd have a couple dozen listeners: our families, friends, co-clerks, and certainly no more than five or six of the Justices themselves. But in just a few months, the show has gotten way bigger than we'd ever expected. Every week, thousands of dedicated Firsties are listening, calling the hotline, sending us their questions demented, and tweeting about how wrong we are.  

We want to keep this train rolling, and make First Mondays your go-to source for SCOTUS news and analysis for years to come.  In fact, we've got a lot of cool ideas in the works to make the show even better.  But thus far, it's all been a labor of love—we've financed it all on our dime.  To make this project sustainable for the long term, and to make it possible to do all the new and exciting things we have in mind, we need help from our dedicated Firsties.

The main thing your patronage will help us cover is our production costs. Producing multiple high-quality episodes each month isn't cheap: for one thing, we've got to pay our producer, Melody, who helps us sound like we aren't doing most episodes live from the Supreme Court's bathrooms. We also need to pay for web hosting, equipment, and (of course) ever-more-lavish artwork in Historic First Mondays Studios. We also want to make more episodes: bonus content, a summer series, and lots more. But that's just the beginning: we want to have live tapings in cities across the country,  new intro music, and fun merchandise. (A #StayFirstie mug? A "Questions Demented" game that is a barely-concealed rip-off of Cards Against Humanity? Who knows!)

Your support, in other words, is what will enable this project to keep going. We'll keep recording, keep venturing fearless predictions that inevitably turn out to be wrong, and—most importantly—we'll stay independent. We always call it like we see it, and we don't want to be beholden to anyone but you.

We're really, really excited about the future of First Mondays. We've barely gotten started. Right now, we're basically like the early volumes of the U.S. Reports that aren't even Supreme Court decisions yet. Help us take this thing to the next level.

Stay Firstie, my friends. 

—The First Mondays Guys

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Tiers
First Mondays Amici
$5 or more per month 664 patrons
First Mondays amici receive tons of bonus goodies: 


—At least one patron-only bonus episode per month (but we usually aim for two). Extended interviews with leading Supreme Court advocates, "deep" discussions between Dan and Ian about law review articles, heady debates about the finer points of Supreme Court practice—basically, all the fun stuff we don't have time to talk about during the rush of the regular episodes.


—Ad-free and early-release episodes. We have sponsors for many of our regular episodes. If listening to us pitch products isn't your jam, you'll get to skip the ads with this special stream of episodes through your Patreon feed. Even better: backers get the episodes a few hours before everyone else, as soon as they're finalized on Sunday night. Spoil the show for everyone!


—Live streams of recording sessions. You'll get a real peek behind the curtain: Find out how frequently we mispronounce basic words and screw up basic points. Hear all the joke attempts that crash and burn and never make it into the episode.  Follow along in the chatroom and correct our mistakes in real time! (We don't live-stream our interviews of guests). 


—Access to our exclusive Slack group.  It's the hottest thing since #appellatetwitter.  Come debate SCOTUS procedure, chat live as the Court hands down opinions, and learn funny anecdotes about the Justices with an elite group of SCOTUS nerds!

Winning Court-Appointed Amicus
$50 or more per month 11 of 12 patrons
Want to be as cool as Evan Young, who as Court-appointed amicus successfully defended the judgment of the Fifth Circuit when both parties said it was wrong?  Sign up for this reward tier!  


At this tier, you'll earn a seat at the First Mondays Conference Table. Once a year, you'll get to pick a Supreme-Court related topic for us to cover in-depth in an episode segment.  Special masters;  RBG's jabots; the latest developments at the SCOTUS cafeteria—whatever you want to know about, we promise to have opinions.


Each seat at the First Mondays Conference Table is designated for a Justice. The twelve who sign up will each be assigned a Justice's seat: the eleven living justices and then the Scalia–Gorsuch(?) seat.