The court issues “media advisories” in the most high-profile cases to give media outlets an opportunity to reserve seating. By that logic then, I could count the number of “media advisories” to measure the number of “high-profile” cases in a given term. The court’s website features advisories as far back as OT04.

OT04 6 Roper v. Simmons, US v. Booker, Ashcroft v. Raich, Van Orden v. Perry, Kelo v. City of New London, Arthur Anderson v. US
OT05 4 Gonzales v. Oregon, Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood, LULAC v. Perry, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
OT06 3 Gonzales v. Carhart, Parents Involved v. Seattle School District No. 1, Massachusetts v. EPA
OT07 6 Boumediene v. Bush, Crawford v. Marion County, Baze v. Rees, DC v. Heller, Exxon v. Baker, Kennedy v. Louisiana
OT08 10 Winter v. NRDC, Altria Group v. Good, Wyeth v. Levine, FCC v. Fox, Pleasant Grove v. Summum, Philip Morris v. Williams, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, NWAMUDNO v. Holder, Ricci v. DeStefano, Safford v. Redding

OT06 was considered a particularly contentious term, but you don’t see that from the number of media advisories. I’m surprised not to see advisories for cases like Hein, Ledbetter, and Morse from OT06 and Medellin from OT07.

I’d have to know more about the procedure for issuing these advisories before I draw any other conclusions, but the numbers are pretty interesting.


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Random Posts

  • Updated Term Statistics: I've updated the term statistics and you can find the new versions of each chart below: Complete (includes all three charts) --- Term I...
  • January Hearing List Released: The Supreme Court has released the Hearing List for the January sitting and you can find it here. Several high-profile advocates are back...
  • Updates: I've updated a lot of the information on the Term Case Index in preparation for today's cases. I expect the Supreme Court to hand down 1-2 o...
  • Measuring Justice Sotomayor's Liberal Bona Fides: Justice Sotomayor has completed two years on the Supreme Court and, as she begins her third, it seems like an appropriate time to take an in...
  • Several Supreme Court Litigators Make the NLJ "Minority 40 Under 40": The NLJ recently released their "Minority 40 Under 40" list of the top 40 minority lawyers under the age of 40. Its a fairly arbitrary marke...