About Kedar

Kedar Bhatia
Kedar S. Bhatia is a third-year law student at Emory University School of Law, where he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Emory International Law Review and the Founder and President Emeritus of the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project. He filed his first brief in the Supreme Court as a junior at the University of Texas, where he majored in Finance. He has since worked on a handful of cert. petitions and amicus briefs in the Supreme Court. You can see his publications here.

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To celebrate Patricia Millett’s record-breaking thirty-first Supreme Court argument last week in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak—the most by any woman before the Court—I have compiled a list of the top 10 female advocates with the most appearances before the Supreme Court who are currently in practice. The following chart includes a link [...]

If you want to download every oral argument recording from OT11 in one .zip file, you can find that file here. This file is especially useful if you want to download the arguments, throw them onto your iPod or iPhone, and then listen to them in your car or on the go. Be warned, however, [...]

I’ve posted a new article on the Alien Tort Statute and Kiobel on SSRN. The article, Rethinking the Purely Jurisdictional View of the Alien Tort Statute, demonstrates that the Court should read the Alien Tort Statute as purely jurisdiction, rather than as a hybrid provision both granting jurisdiction to hear claims arising under the law [...]

ELSSCAP, the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project, filed a cert. petition yesterday in Kasonso v. Holder. You can find the petition here. Last month we filed a merits-stage amicus brief in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., which you can find here. In December we filed a cert.-stage amicus brief in Standard Investment Chartered [...]

Today was another big day at the Supreme Court. Among the four merits opinions released, we got a very interesting summary reversal in Ryburn v. Huff and a landmark opinion in U.S. v. Jones, the GPS-tracking case. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to plow through the latter yet, but I hope to get through it [...]

I run into the exact same debate every year around mid-January: which cases will be heard during the current term and which will be pushed over to the next? For example, the Court granted three cases on Friday but should I categorize them as OT11 cases or OT12 cases? Predicting which cases the Court will [...]

The Supreme Court released four opinions today, and each was 8-1. You can find all of the opinions here. CompuCredit v. Greenwood, a case centering around arbitration clauses, is especially interested. In an opinion written by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court somewhat predictably upheld an arbitration agreement and read the Credit Repair Organizations Act’s nonwavier [...]

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 in action during the January sitting. Gregory Garre leads all attorneys in private practice with his fourth argument of the term in United States v. Home Concrete & Supply and Solicitor General [...]

I’ve always thought it was funny that WestLaw handed out yellow flags like they were candy. I’m referring, of course, to “KeyCite Status Flags,” the shorthand notation given to each case to signal whether it has some negative history, is bad law, or has direct history. Red Flag: “In cases and administrative decisions, a red [...]

Much has been made of the memo that William Rehnquist wrote as a clerk to Justice Robert Jackson advising him to uphold Plessy v. Ferguson in Brown v. Board of Education. Rehnquist always maintained that he was only writing what his boss wanted to read, but Rehnquist’s detractors saw that as a flimsy excuse. I [...]



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