Students Finding Certainty in Cert

Who said that law students can’t produce resounding, published work? “Finding Certainty in Cert based on a Statistical Analysis Over 14 Years,” authored by a University of Southern California law scholar, and political science student, confirmed that a notably small handful of elite attorneys hold outsized sway with the United States Supreme Court. In an analysis of the 93,000 certiorari petitions filed at the Court over a 14-year period (2001-2015), the study found that an elite group of 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned for cert were six times more likely to be successful than their peers.

Jeffrey Fisher of the Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic achieved the highest rate of success (29.1%), followed by Seth Waxman of Wilmer Cutler (26.4%), and Andrew Pincus of Mayor Brown (25.9%). Several other well-known litigators, including Theodore Olson and Carter Phillips, also made the list. Moreover, Miguel Estrada, former U.S. Assistant Solicitor General had a record of defeating 91% of cert petitions for respondent clients.

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