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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Traitors to the Cause

6-3 decisions are, statistically speaking, the least common vote split. Frequently, those cases split along the ideological lines that are so familiar from 5-4 decisions, except one Justice breaks rank from their ideological compatriots in dissent and joins the dark side – the majority opinion. Going down with the ship is a classic sign of [...]

Temporary Hiatus

Today begins my hiatus from blogging due to my role as a summer intern for a judge on the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Don’t worry though, I’ll spend the summer fixing some background stuff on DailyWrit and I’m certain that the website will be back, better than ever, in mid-August. Additionally, I [...]

The Court’s hearing list for this month completes the list of attorneys who will argue before the Supreme Court during October Term 2010. I’ve updated my long-running Advocate Scorecard to reflect arguments from the current term so that the chart now reflects 11 terms. As always, I have included every advocate who has argued more [...]

I’ve created a little chart that shows opinions released as a percentage of total opinions for a given term. For the current term, I’ve used a hypothetical total of 80, although that number is likely to rise before the end of June. The Court has released 41% of the opinions expected for OT10, a number [...]

As a general matter, the Justices that tend to carry the greatest ideological authority on the Supreme Court should be the ones authoring the greatest number of 5-4 opinions. Drafting those opinions shows that the senior justice in the majority either trusts the author to hold a majority or believes the author may only remain [...]

When he was nominated to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts mentioned that one of his main objectives as chief justice would be to create more consensus on the Court and to forge a greater number of unanimous decisions. Lets see how successful he’s been after five years. I considered October Terms 1995 – 2009. [...]

I’ve taken a look at the number of opinion days in a given week from OT06 to OT10. In other words, I’ve taken a look at the number of times the Court has released opinions on one day during the week, on two days during the week, or on three (presumably consecutive) days during the [...]

An article in today’s Cincinati Enquirer highlights the Sixth Circuit’s current 15-case losing streak in the Supreme Court. Circuits regularly get reversed (the Court reverses in around 75% of cases) so I wanted to find out if a 15-case streak is especially notable. I decided to take a look at reversal rates from other circuits [...]

Michael Dreeben, a Deputy Solicitor General, spent the last semester on leave to teach at Duke University Law School. During his time there, he recorded a nearly hour-long interview that touches on a variety of fascinating topics related to appellate law and Supreme Court litigation. I really can’t loft enough praise on Dreeben. He’s argued [...]

A commentator on my last conferencing post picked up on an important part of the distribution question that I had intentionally omitted. How does the number of conferences effect the chances of a petition eventually being granted? I looked at 550 cases docketed on the paid docket from July 2009 – June 2010 (in other [...]



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