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Over at Twitter, Mike Sacks posted an interesting question about the agreement rate between Justices Scalia and Thomas during October Term 2012: Is it me, or have Thomas and Scalia been on opposite sides a lot more this term than in the past? #SCOTUS cc @dailywrit — Mike Sacks (@MikeSacksHP) April 23, 2013 Comparing agreement [...]

I have a new Article out in the Journal of Legal Metrics entitled Top Supreme Court Advocates of the Twenty First Century. You can download the article here here. This Article identifies the Supreme Court litigators who have argued at least five times since October 2000, making them — by some measures — “expert Supreme [...]

There are a lot of numbers thrown out about the likelihood of a cert. petition being granted. The number I’ve always heard is 1%, but I sometimes hear numbers as high as 5%. According to statistics from the Supreme Court, between June 30, 2011 and July 2, 2012, the Court disposed of 7,654 appeals and [...]

With the Term quickly approaching it’s midway point, we can take a look at which advocates have made the biggest mark on the Term. Hearing Lists for the October to January sittings have been released, with only February, March, and April to go. Perennial Term leaders Paul Clement and Carter Phillips haven’t appeared at the [...]

In today’s decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, a line at the end of the five-page opinion reads: Justice Alito concurs in the judgment. That line signals that Justice Alito agreed with the judgment of the Court (to reverse) but did not join the majority’s reasoning. In a [...]

There are a series of video interviews with Justice Ginsburg that contain very interesting anecdotes about her life in the law and outside of it, including this one: The Dean [of Harvard] greeted the women in the first-year class with an invitation to dinner at his home. And we thought, “Oh, how thoughtful.” The Dean [...]

The Supreme Court and Test Cases

Joan Biskupic has an incredibly interesting article for Reuters about the man behind Fisher v. University of Texas and Shelby County v. Holder. Apparently Edward Blum, a 60-year old former stockbroker, recruited both Fisher and Shelby County for their challenges and, along with a group of conservative financiers, is paying the legal bills for both. [...]

There have been a few news stories this week about the Supreme Court’s non-action on the DOMA and Same-Sex Marriage cases late last week and today. Gawker argues, surely as a joke, that the Court is being deliberately obtuse: Maybe they’ll make an announcement Monday, maybe they’ll wait until they meet again in January. Maybe [...]

To celebrate Patricia Millett’s record-breaking thirty-first Supreme Court argument last week in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak—the most by any woman before the Court—I have compiled a list of the top 10 female advocates with the most appearances before the Supreme Court who are currently in practice. The following chart includes a link [...]

Today was another big day at the Supreme Court. Among the four merits opinions released, we got a very interesting summary reversal in Ryburn v. Huff and a landmark opinion in U.S. v. Jones, the GPS-tracking case. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to plow through the latter yet, but I hope to get through it [...]



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