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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

January Hearing List Released

The Supreme Court has released the Hearing List for the January sitting and you can find it here. Several high-profile advocates are back in action during the January sitting. Gregory Garre leads all attorneys in private practice with his fourth argument of the term in United States v. Home Concrete & Supply and Solicitor General [...]

A Big Little Case

Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an interesting case about water law in Montana, PPL Montana v. Montana. The case will be a difficult one for a variety of reasons and the Court is going to need all the help it can get with the case. Luckily, the Court will have five-star [...]

Justice Kagan and Miguel Estrada have had a long relationship that has confounded and surprised many of their skeptics. At Kagan’s confirmation hearing, Estrada waxed poetic about her abilities and good humor while Kagan volunteered that Estrada was “qualified to sit as a Supreme Court Justice.” They first met at Harvard Law School when they [...]

In the past, we’ve profiled notable advocates and judges that were in the news. This is the first in a series of posts about the advocates who will be arguing in the Healthcare Cases. On November 18, the Supreme Court invited H. Bartow Farr to brief and argue an important point of law in the [...]

Former Solicitor General Gregory Garre is scheduled to argue twice during the December sitting, a relatively uncommon feat for private practice lawyers. He will argue in both Mims v. Arrow Financial Services on November 28 and PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana on December 7. This will be Garre’s second time arguing twice during a given [...]

The Supreme Court’s decision last week to appoint H. Bartow Farr and Robert Long to argue in the ACA cases follows in a long tradition of appointing amici to support positions that might not otherwise receive representation at the merits stage. But should positions themselves receive representation? Earlier this year the Stanford Law Review published [...]

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 [...]



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