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23 Sep, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Merits-Stage Procedure, Part III: Oral Argument

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You have filed your Supreme Court merits briefs, booked your D.C. flight and hotel, and Google-mapped drug stores near the Supreme Court Building . It’s time for oral argument.
Does It Really Matter?
Eugene Gressman, a leading Supreme Court practice authority, has this to say about oral argument:

To resolve […]

9 Sep, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Merits-Stage Procedure, Part II: Document Filing

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The decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court not only shape the law of the nation, but can often adjust the weave of our social fabric. To help the justices meet this weighty challenge, the Rules lay out a merits-stage process that offers sources beyond the arguments in the parties’ briefs, to provide information to the […]

26 Aug, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Merits-Stage Procedure, Part I: Party Briefs

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Congratulations! Out of the thousands filed every term, your petition is one of the hundred or so granted by the Court. Or, as the case may be, tough luck: your opponent’s petition has been granted, and you must once again litigate your case. So now what!?

Your case is at the Supreme Court merits-stage, where the […]