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7 Aug, 2018

Supreme Court Joint Appendix Checklist

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00August 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Pilots are required to learn and use checklists for every aspect of flight, from preparing for take-off to dealing with equipment malfunction. It was a checklist that helped Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeffery Skiles safely land their US Airways flight in the Hudson River after the plane’s engines were damaged by a flock [...]

20 Oct, 2016

“Relist” as a Requisite to Certiorari

2019-03-18T18:47:19+00:00October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

The procedures by which the Supreme Court decides to grant or deny a petition for writ of certiorari are well-guarded.  Unless you work, or have worked for the Court, it’s nearly impossible to appreciate the specific mechanisms which contributed to a decision on certiorari. Thanks to Michael Kimberly (Mayer Brown LLP), John Elwood (Vinson & [...]

20 Oct, 2015

Sex and the Supreme Court Advocate

2019-03-18T18:47:24+00:00October 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Twenty-eight counselors of law will argue before the Supreme Court this month.  Twenty-seven advocates will be men.  One will be a woman.  Put another way, you had a better chance of having your “paid” petition for writ of certiorari granted during the last Term (approximately 5 percent) than having your counsel of record be a [...]