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Last week, the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project filed two Petitions for Writ of Certiorari. Both seek reversal of decisions from the Supreme Court of Georgia. Brown v. Georgia (11-6382) McClarin v. Georgia (11-6455) On a related note, I promise to begin publishing real posts again now that my first big wave of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

OT 2010 Term Index

By now, you should know the drill. I’ve completed the first version of the OT10 term index. I’ve posted several in the past (OT08, OT09) and this chart doesn’t change that winning (joke) formula. OT10 Term Index Enjoy!

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. [...]

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 [...]



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