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Docket pages for each case at the Supreme Court list when a case is distributed for a given conference and, therefore, up for consideration. Nonetheless, at least one justice still has to mark a case up for debate or certiorari is automatically denied. Typically a case is either granted or denied at a given conference. [...]

Stats come from the Journal of the Supreme Court. .PDF

In honor of Carter Phillips arguing twice during the December sitting of the Court, I’ve compiled a list of every instance of this phenomenon since October 2003. If an advocate argued in two separate, but related cases (on the same day), I have still included them in the list. Those instances have been marked with [...]

Average Age (1800-2010)

I’ve posted a PDF of the Court’s average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in October of each year and the date of birth data comes from the fabulous Supreme Court Compendium data set. DW_average_age.pdf

First Opinion Stats

As we wait for the first opinion of the term, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the first signed opinion released in recent years. Who will write it this year? When will it be released? Hard to say, but here are the numbers! Term Author Date OT99 Breyer November 30 [...]

Using the still-fabulous Supreme Court Compendium data set, I’ve thrown together a chart plotting the ages of each Justice at retirement. I didn’t have to make many judgment calls and the data really speaks for itself. You can click on the image for a larger view. Enjoy! Ages at retirement (.pdf)

Advocate Scorecard for OT 09

I finished this a while ago but neglected to post it until now. Whoops? Anyways, here is the OT 09 advocate scorecard with win/loss record. Advocate Scorecard (.pdf) *updated 10/14/2010 It turned out to be a pretty ugly year for the Supreme Court bar. Compared to last year, the Court didn’t hear arguments from the [...]

For one reason or another, it looks like I forgot to post my updated advocate scorecard for the decade at the end of the last term. Originally published in 2009, it shows the number of times that notable advocates have argued in the last decade, beginning in October 2000 and ending April 2010. If you [...]

I’ve been pillaging the Supreme Court’s website in search of PDFs that I can archive for future reference. Using the Court’s website and the wayback machine, I’ve collected the following packs. Note that OT09 selections are necessarily incomplete because the term is technically ongoing. I’ve included the sets individually below, but brave souls may wish [...]

Final Term Index

Here is the final Term Index for October Term 2009. OT09_term_index_final



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  • Advocate Scorecard for OT 09: I finished this a while ago but neglected to post it until now. Whoops? Anyways, here is the OT 09 advocate scorecard with win/loss record. ...
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