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5 Sep, 2019

Law Clerks Prepare “Long Conference” Denials

2019-09-05T14:42:41+00:00September 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

The Supreme Court will return October 1 to a backload of approximately 1,800 petitions that have piled up over the summer.  Almost every one of them will be denied.  Also known as the “Long Conference,” the Justices’ first meeting after summer recess is particularly brutal for cert. seekers who filed a petition in the preceding [...]

7 Nov, 2017

So You’re Saying There’s A (3.8%) Chance?

2019-03-18T18:47:14+00:00November 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

According to statistics from the most recently completed Supreme Court term, you have more than a snowball’s chance in you-know-where of getting a petition for writ of certiorari granted. During the Court’s 2016 Term, completed in June, the Justices disposed of 6,305 petitions – down from 7033 filings in the 2014 Term and 6475 filings [...]