Are elite Supreme Court attorneys better – or are they better known?


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Ed Note: This article first appeared in Juris Lab, A forum where “data analytics comply with the law”.

Of the 17,000 attorneys who have sought to transfer the lawsuit over nearly a decade, Reuters found that Only 66 represent nearly half of the petitions awarded. In other words, for every 200 attorneys who ask the Supreme Court to hear their cases, one of those attorneys is nearly as likely to file a case on the bar as the other 199 attorneys combined.

Chief Justice John Roberts is only the most decorated member of this rare cast. Others include former attorneys general and appellate stars with a sparkling CV with elite schools, prestigious writing, and marquee law firms.

Agents demand that these wonders be represented in the Supreme Court. But does the demand for their services reflect a better advocacy? Or is their glittering reputations and easy banter with judges simply allowing them to pick stronger cases and craft arguments for the tastes of an elite court on equal footing?

Equally important, even if these star stars shine, aren’t some others as good?

To help answer these questions, I reviewed 1,122 merit-stage summaries of the 2019 period. To reduce the effects of selection bias and limitations on profit and loss records, I obtained it CV Scores in every summary. The algorithms are derived from AI analysis of thousands of first-class legal documents and judicial opinions, all of which were published long before 2019.

It divided 1,122 summaries into three groups based on attorney registrations:

  • Elite (ranked in Chambers & Partners, Law360, etc.)
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • No one else

She then ranked each group by degree of readers ’engagement, and is a weighted compound CV Result developed by factor analysis:

The results also show, although both “Elite” and “Other” summaries received a wide range of scores, the “Elite” scores skewed higher. On the other hand, only 20% of “elite” summaries scored below the “other” average. On the other hand, however, 25 percent of “other” notes scored above the average for “elite” briefs, and 5 percent scored more than a full standard deviation above this average.

Here “Not the elites but just as good or better than the elites?”

Briefs of the ruling party:

author Issue Brief A short summary (less than 3,500 words)?
Sendali, Dale M. Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc. Against Marcel Fashions Group Inc. https://perma.cc/DH63-KQ23 No
Citron, Eric F. Georgia v.Public.Resource.Org Inc. https://perma.cc/3CAJ-CFXG No
Cohen, J. The son of Ramos vs Louisiana https://perma.cc/5GSC-UBYU No
Cross, Toby Kansas v. Glover https://perma.cc/2LMW-Q6RG No
Knight, John A. RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes Inc. Against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission https://perma.cc/46TT-8ERX No
Comer, Richard D. Espinosa v. Montana Revenue Administration https://perma.cc/DSQ8-NB5Y No
Levy, Michael A. Kelly v. The United States https://perma.cc/C8DA-5BLZ No
Lynn, Elbert Maui County, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Trust https://perma.cc/ZFR5-MV4L No
Roman Martinez Bar v. American Political Consulting Association. https://perma.cc/C84F-XJD3 No
Rasbach, Eric C. Our Lady of Guadalupe School vs Morrissey-Berru; St. James’s School v. Bell https://perma.cc/8JNC-SZND No
Ruth, Jacob M. Kelly v. The United States https://perma.cc/ED2B-9FMQ No
Ruth, Jacob M. Kelly v. The United States https://perma.cc/3W54-TEDV No
Tu, Travis J. June Medical Services LLC v Russo; Russo v. June Medical Services LLC https://perma.cc/3RW4-WABQ No
Zabol, Saul D. Altitude Express Inc. Fifth. stitch https://perma.cc/K6PQ-WRWH No

Summaries of the non-winning party:

Summaries of Amicus:

author Issue Brief A short summary (less than 3,500 words)?
Barthold, Corbin K. Atlantic Richfield v. Christiane et al. https://perma.cc/Amicus8X-KMTQ No
Bollender, Eric R. Community Health Options in Maine v. United States; Moda Health Plan, Inc. is against the United States; Land Corporation of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company v. United States https://perma.cc/ECZ9-R6W6 Yeah
Crespo, Andrew Manuel Kansas v. Glover https://perma.cc/W82Z-BRAY No
Dubinsky, Gregory. The Board of Financial Supervision and Administration of Puerto Rico v Aurelius Investment, LLC, et al. https://perma.cc/Y8C7-L5CT Yeah
Duncan, Dwight J. Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania; Trump vs. Pennsylvania https://perma.cc/2FBS-QBBH Yeah
Goodrich, Luke W. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/8Q8A-E6R3 Yeah
Green, Tyler R. Kahler v. Kansas https://perma.cc/3VGG-NECV No
Green, Tyler R. McKinney vs Arizona https://perma.cc/MG2W-JLC7 No
Jura, Alan New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/5225-3Q6C No
Benjamin Gottman Ramos vs Louisiana https://perma.cc/HB22-62AF No
Harris, Sarah M. Our Lady of Guadalupe School vs Morrissey-Berru; St. James’s School v. Bell https://perma.cc/D6RV-SBNV No
Hawley, Josh June Medical Services LLC v Russo; Russo v. June Medical Services LLC https://perma.cc/6VZ5-FNTK Yeah
Klukovsky, Kenneth A. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/R453-PVB6 No
Letter, Douglas N. Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau https://perma.cc/L8GE-6QLG No
Lemandry, Charles S. Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express Inc. Zarda https://perma.cc/5ZXE-PMAQ No
Los-Eaton, Tobias S. Chiafallo v. Washington; Colorado State Department v. BACA https://perma.cc/MN4X-N3BH No
Martinez, Judy Berry Romag Fasteners, Inc. Fossil, Inc. https://perma.cc/ED3L-MH35 Yeah
Al-Masry, Lina F. Hernandez vs Mesa https://perma.cc/D56R-L5DT Yeah
Matz, Joshua Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania; Trump vs. Pennsylvania https://perma.cc/ND2S-F3U7 No
Michel, CD New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/AUH5-EQHY No
Mazer, Benjamin C. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/Z8L6-MRNU No
Ramy, E. Travis New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/ZKC5-5BNC Yeah
Robinson, David A. Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express Inc. Against Zarda; RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes Inc. Against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission https://perma.cc/8MW5-H62M No
Roth, Michael D. Bar v. American Political Consulting Association. https://perma.cc/C266-APTB No
Chauvet, Zachary C. Bar v. American Political Consulting Association. https://perma.cc/DT8P-D6BA No
Sekulow, Jay Alan USAID v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. https://perma.cc/CN9D-8SCC No
Shapiro, Elijah Department of Homeland Security against University of California governors; Trump v. NAACP; McAllenan vs. Vidal https://perma.cc/B2BS-RXLF No
Sherman, Paul M. Bar v. American Political Consulting Association. https://perma.cc/92MW-H6K9 Yeah
Thompson, David H. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. Against New York City https://perma.cc/67KF-HRLY No
Tsitlin, Misha Bar v. American Political Consulting Association. https://perma.cc/47AG-K6RD No
Volokh, Eugene United States v. Cining Smith https://perma.cc/9RXB-BABG Yeah
Whistler, Matthew W. IBM Retirement Plans Committee v. Jander https://perma.cc/8D5E-4ZSS Yeah

CV The scores are objective and strict, but still imperfect measures of writing proficiency. Not to mention, customers ultimately care about the results, not the endorsement skill itself. However, this long list of names indicates an expansion of Admin The Bar Association of the Supreme Court Not only can the representation be diversified but also encourage some laggards The ruling elite To practice short writing.

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