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 Well, that chart is already outdated- next month, David Frederick will join that club.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 [...]

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 [...]

For one reason or another, it looks like I forgot to post my updated advocate scorecard for the decade at the end of the last term. Originally published in 2009, it shows the number of times that notable advocates have argued in the last decade, beginning in October 2000 and ending April 2010. If you [...]

Marcia Coyle has an interest article at law.com about the surprising dominance of the most elite advocates at the Supreme Court during OT08. In particular, she mentions that ‘elite’ advocates argued in 35 out of 78 cases argued during the most recent number. Also, Ted Olson’s seven arguments in one term might be the highest [...]

This weekend, I went through all the oral argument transcripts from OT00 through OTO8 and I counted how many times each of the major advocates has argued before the Supreme Court. I know that I’ve got all of the big advocates (10+ arguments), but I might be missing a few of the advocates with less. [...]

Solicitor General Kagan has filed a motion for divided argument in Citizens United v. FEC, according to SCOTUSblog. If the motion is granted, the division would create for a very interesting dynamic for the Court’s special September 9 sitting. 30 minutes – Ted Olson 20 minutes – Elena Kagan 10 minutes – Seth Waxman Frequent [...]



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