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The Supreme Court today released the Hearing List for April. Gregory Garre, former Solicitor General, will argue two times in the next two weeks, once in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez for the respondents and once in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms for the petitioners. Last year, another Gregory – Gregory Coleman – argue twice [...]

SCOTUSblog has a link to a chart released by C-SPAN that shows a history of all of their requests for same-day oral argument audio recordings. The first time audio recordings were released on an expedited schedule was for Bush v. Gore in 2000. I’ve been looking at the data with an eye towards gleaning a [...]

The Oyez Project has released audio from oral arguments for each of the cases from the last term.

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court decided to hold a new round of oral arguments in Citizens United focused on whether or not to overrule Austin v. Michigan. It’s very, very rare for the Court to hold rearguments in a case although they will periodically request additional briefing on an issue. In Montejo v. [...]

Time to Update the Resume

Andrew Frey’s biography on the Mayer Brown website says “He has argued 64 cases in the US Supreme Court, more than any other lawyer currently in private practice.” Well, Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin has been creeping up for some time now and finally beat him when he argued for the respondents in Gross v. [...]

C-SPAN is now streaming the audio from oral arguments on their website. Link here. My initial thoughts: the Justices are very, very skeptical of Section 5.

I was in Washington earlier today to watch oral arguments in Ricci v. DeStefano, the case in which I filed my own amicus brief. I arrived in Washington around 11:30pm and, after a friend told me that no one was in line at the Court, we got chinese food in Chinatown. We got food and [...]

Justices Breyer and Scalia went at it today during oral arguments in Horne v. Flores. Scene: Justice Breyer brings up a set of statistics from the record. JUSTICE SCALIA: Excuse me. I am not following this exchange because I don’t understand whether the — the statewide percentage is the statewide percentage of English learners or [...]

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 [...]

Although SCOTUSblog publishes a fantastic collection of statistics in their frequently updated statpacks, I haven’t seen many stats about the individual attorneys who argue before the Court. The Court released its April Hearing List and we now know who will argue cases for every case in OT08. Here are the total number of cases argued [...]



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