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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While browsing the C-SPAN archives for interesting vidoes, I ran across a great one from 1989. The video features Tim O’Brien providing a recap of October Term 1988, which happened to be Justice Kennedy’s first year on the Court. I can’t embed the video, but you can find it here. There are a few interesting [...]

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 marker of lawyerly accomplishment, but the NLJ clearly knows how much lawyers love lists. A few Supreme Court litigators make the list. Leondra Kruger – Assistant to the Solicitor general [...]

The Supreme Court denied cert. yesterday in a widely-discussed case revolving around whether a private organization could place memorial crosses at the location of fatal accidents along the highway. The case is Utah Highway Patrol Association v. American Atheists. Justice Thomas filed a heated dissent from denial arguing that the Court should take the case [...]

Today’s New York Times article about Paul Clement, “Lawyer Opposing Health Law is Familiar Face to the Justices“, reminds me of an interesting moment that happened at oral arguments a few years ago. The exchange took place in Perdue v. Kenny A. between Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, and Paul Clement, who was appearing before [...]

Before the November argument kicks off, I should point out a few fascinating oral arguments from the October sitting that are available on the Court’s website (or in a zip file at the end of this post): Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC Whether the ministerial exception to the ADA applies to a parochial school teacher. Douglas Laycock [...]

Attorneys from the Office of the Solicitor General are scheduled to participate in nine out of the twelve cases scheduled for oral argument during the October sitting. In five cases – Reynolds v. United States, Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, Golan v. Holder, Pacific Operators v. Valladolid, Judulang v. Holder – the OSG will represent either the [...]

An Unusually Short Long Conference

The Supreme Court released an order list from yesterday’s Long Conference and, in a surprising move, it granted only seven cases. That number is the lowest since I began recording Supreme Court statistics in 2003. Here is the breakdown for recent years: However, the Court may have felt less pressure to grant cases at the [...]

The news that Mike Sacks has been tapped to become the Huffington Post’s first Supreme Court reporter is notable for two reasons. The first is that Mike did great work at F1@1F and Supreme Court fans should look forward to seeing what he can do as a full-time reporter with resources behind him. The second, [...]

Last week, the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project filed two Petitions for Writ of Certiorari. Both seek reversal of decisions from the Supreme Court of Georgia. Brown v. Georgia (11-6382) McClarin v. Georgia (11-6455) On a related note, I promise to begin publishing real posts again now that my first big wave of [...]

Over the summer, the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project filed two merits-stage amicus briefs in the Supreme Court. The students who worked on the briefs were supervised by Professor David Bederman. Brief Amicus Curiae of People for the American Way Foundation in Support of Respondents in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC Brief Amici Curiae of [...]



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