The Supreme Court released an order list from yesterday’s Long Conference and, in a surprising move, it granted only seven cases. That number is the lowest since I began recording Supreme Court statistics in 2003. Here is the breakdown for recent years: However, the Court may have felt less pressure to grant cases at the [...]

The news that Mike Sacks has been tapped to become the Huffington Post’s first Supreme Court reporter is notable for two reasons. The first is that Mike did great work at F1@1F and Supreme Court fans should look forward to seeing what he can do as a full-time reporter with resources behind him. The second, [...]

Over the summer, the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project filed two merits-stage amicus briefs in the Supreme Court. The students who worked on the briefs were supervised by Professor David Bederman. Brief Amicus Curiae of People for the American Way Foundation in Support of Respondents in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC Brief Amici Curiae 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 [...]

I’ve created a little chart that shows opinions released as a percentage of total opinions for a given term. For the current term, I’ve used a hypothetical total of 80, although that number is likely to rise before the end of June. The Court has released 41% of the opinions expected for OT10, a number [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

I’ve posted a PDF of the Court’s average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in October of each year and the date of birth data comes from the fabulous Supreme Court Compendium data set. DW_average_age.pdf



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