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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Four days ago, I posted a list of the advocates who have argued twice during a single month since 2003. Well, that chart is already outdated- next month, David Frederick will join that club. Congrats! Ann O’Connell, the GWU law grad and ’05 Rehnquist clerk who recently joined the OSG, will argue her first case [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

This morning, as I was perusing next month’s hearing list, I noticed a name I wasn’t familiar with: Roy W. McLeese. It isn’t unusual to see an unfamiliar name, but it is rare to see that that name listed as Acting Deputy Solicitor General. When I first read the listing, I was shocked because the [...]

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 [...]



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