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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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The Supreme Court released the oral argument calendars for the February and March sittings yesterday, leaving five granted cases unscheduled. Those cases are Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., Dorsey v. U.S., RadLAX Gateway Hotel v. Amalgamated Bank, Arizona v. U.S., and Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Bank v. Patchak. Each of those cases will almost certainly be heard during [...]

A Big Little Case

Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an interesting case about water law in Montana, PPL Montana v. Montana. The case will be a difficult one for a variety of reasons and the Court is going to need all the help it can get with the case. Luckily, the Court will have five-star [...]

Justice Kagan and Miguel Estrada have had a long relationship that has confounded and surprised many of their skeptics. At Kagan’s confirmation hearing, Estrada waxed poetic about her abilities and good humor while Kagan volunteered that Estrada was “qualified to sit as a Supreme Court Justice.” They first met at Harvard Law School when they [...]

In the past, we’ve profiled notable advocates and judges that were in the news. This is the first in a series of posts about the advocates who will be arguing in the Healthcare Cases. On November 18, the Supreme Court invited H. Bartow Farr to brief and argue an important point of law in the [...]

Former Solicitor General Gregory Garre is scheduled to argue twice during the December sitting, a relatively uncommon feat for private practice lawyers. He will argue in both Mims v. Arrow Financial Services on November 28 and PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana on December 7. This will be Garre’s second time arguing twice during a given [...]

Over at Opinio Juris, Harlan Cohen makes the compelling argument that the current “customary international law” paradigm of the Alien Tort Statute is a poor fit for the statute, particularly in light of recent cases. He’s right: trying to divine whether international custom supports aiding and abetting liability or corporate liability is, frankly, silly. It [...]

The Supreme Court’s decision last week to appoint H. Bartow Farr and Robert Long to argue in the ACA cases follows in a long tradition of appointing amici to support positions that might not otherwise receive representation at the merits stage. But should positions themselves receive representation? Earlier this year the Stanford Law Review published [...]

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 initial look at whether or not she has turned out to be as predictably liberal as her supporters had hoped or as her opponents had feared. During her nomination, most [...]

Minor Cosmetic Changes

I’ve made some cosmetic changes to the site. Please let me know if you have trouble seeing anything or if the page doesn’t load properly. In a somewhat controversial move, I’ve expanded the page width to 1080 pixels. The new changes should put the most important information front and center. I’ve also added new social [...]

Several commentators have provided their thoughts on why the Supreme Court granted 5.5 hours of oral argument in the the ACA cases. Over at Just Enrichment, Joshua Matz hypothesizes that the decision was made for show, or to simply signal to the public that the Supreme Court was giving this case the utmost respect. At [...]



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