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1 Jul, 2019

Amicus Curiae Dos and Don’ts

2019-10-18T18:32:49+00:00July 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Amicus curiae briefs can play an important role in Supreme Court advocacy by bringing relevant facts and argument to the Court’s attention that the parties have not addressed.  Therefore, Amici have a unique opportunity to shape the outcome of a decision. The incidence of Amicus curiae participation in the Supreme Court has increased dramatically over [...]

13 Jun, 2019

Term Heats Up with Summer Recess in Sight

2019-06-13T16:27:24+00:00June 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Between now and the end of June, the Court will release opinions in 24 cases.  Two hot-button political issues have garnered the most attention: (1) whether the Trump administration can put a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and (2) whether federal courts can strike down voting maps as excessively partisan. Though we have no [...]

14 May, 2019

Term Finish Line in Sight

2019-05-14T21:11:04+00:00May 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

  Legal commentators have long speculated that Supreme Court Justices prefer to release their most controversial opinions at the end of each term before embarking on summer recess to travel, teach, and write. For the fifth straight term, however, the Court has more than half of its opinions still outstanding at this point of the [...]

3 Jan, 2019

Stats from the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |

  During the Supreme Court’s 2017 Term, the number of paid (booklet format) cases increased 11% while the number of in forma pauperis (IFP) filings decreased 3%.* 2017 Term 6,315 total filings 4,595 IFP filings 1,720 paid filings 2016 Term 6,305 total filings 4,755 IFP filings 1,550 paid filings To place these numbers in perspective, [...]

26 Oct, 2018

Sandra Day O’Connor to Step Away from Public Life, Citing Dementia

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

  Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and will step away from public life. O'Connor, 88, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan as the first female Supreme Court justice of the United States in 1981. O’Connor served on the nation’s highest [...]

3 Oct, 2018

The Supreme Court Starts One Justice Down

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The Supreme Court began its new term Monday without nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Sitting with eight Justices – just like the beginning of the 2016 term – Chief Justice John Roberts found his courtroom mired in a political battle over President Trump’s controversial choice to fill Justice Kennedy’s seat. Republicans had hoped to have Kavanaugh confirmed [...]

17 Sep, 2018

Supreme Court Motion Practice

2019-03-18T18:47:12+00:00September 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Supreme Court Rule 21 governs motion practice, which often involves routine matters of procedure that don’t go to the merits of a case.  Counsel is advised to concisely state what relief is requested and the reason it should be granted.  These filings are either acted upon directly by the Clerk’s Office or forwarded to the Justices for [...]

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 [...]