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 [...]

Tony Mauro is reporting that Solicitor General may wait until next term to argue her first case before the Supreme Court. It had been reported earlier that she might argue for the first time in the landmark Voting Rights Act case, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder. Mauro is now reporting that Neal Katyal [...]

I was reading the court’s “Guide for Counsel in Cases to be Argued Before the Supreme Court of the United States” and I noticed a reference to a very recent case: For an excellent example of a counsel who was intimately familiar with her client’s business, see the transcript of argument in United States v. [...]

The Weeks Ahead

As we head into the April sitting, the court’s term is entering its home stretch. The court has already issued 43 opinions, well ahead of where it has been in the last few years. Opinions published going into April sitting: OT05 43 OT06 27 OT07 28 OT08 43 The reason for the increase in early [...]

Once again, I’ve conjured up some charts marking how often each Justice spoke during oral arguments in the first half of the term. You can find a detailed look into my methodology here but to summarize, these numbers represent the number of times ‘JUSTICE ______’ is mentioned in the oral argument transcripts posted on the [...]

Oral Argument Jokes of the Day

In Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee: CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hear argument next in Case 07-1125, Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee. Mr. Rothfeld. MR. ROTHFELD: Thank you. If it please the Court: The court of appeals in this case — excuse me, Your Honor. JUSTICE GINSBURG: Could you raise the podium? MR. ROTHFELD: Actually, [...]

During arguments this week in Bell v. Kelly, Justice Scalia chided Richard Bress for not including a particular part of the statute in his briefs to the court. Unfortunately, Bress had included the statutes in his briefs, an oversight Justice Scalia apologized for as oral arguments wound down: JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Bress, I want to [...]

Oral Argument Contest Complete

The ongoing debate between attorney hoping to represent the state of Rhode Island before the Court on Monday finally settled their dispute and Theodore Olsen, an experienced Supreme Court litigator, will argue for the state. SCOTUSblog reports more of the story: The town’s lawyer, Joseph S. Larisa, Jr., who has been involved with the case [...]

OT 2007 Audio Now Online

Audio files from the October Term 2007 are now online over at Oyez. You can find them here. Recommended listens: Announcement of Boumediene v. Bush and Oral Arguments in Danforth v. Minnesota.

There is a fascinating fight going on behind the scenes of a case about to reach the Supreme Court. The argument more or less boils down to whether a local attorney who has been with a case for a decade or an experience Supreme Court advocate fresh to the case should argue in front of [...]



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