Supreme Court Round-Up: A Summary of Recent Opinions, Upcoming Arguments, and Other Developments – July 8, 2010

July 8, 2010

As the Supreme Court’s 2009 Term drew to a close, the Court issued an array of blockbuster opinions on issues such as separation of powers, the Second Amendment, and the proper interpretation of the "honest services" fraud statute.  Gibson Dunn’s Supreme Court Round-Up, which has been tracking the Court’s opinions and actions throughout the Term, now contains a summary of each opinion that the Court issued this Term.

In addition, as attention shifts to the Court’s docket for the 2010 Term, the Supreme Court Round-Up provides a substantive snapshot of the 38 cases the Court has agreed to hear beginning in October, including the three cases to be argued by Gibson Dunn.

Spearheaded by former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, the Supreme Court Round-Up is frequently updated to keep clients apprised of the Court’s most recent actions.  The Round-Up recaps each of this Term’s opinions, previews the cases scheduled for the upcoming 2010 Term, and tracks the actions of the highly influential Office of the Solicitor General.  The Round-Up provides a concise, substantive analysis of the Court’s actions.  Its easy-to-use format allows the reader to identify what is on the Court’s docket at any given time, and to see what issues the Court will be taking up next.  The Round-Up is the ideal resource for busy practitioners seeking an in-depth, timely, and objective report on the Court’s actions.

To view the Round-Up, click here.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 

Gibson Dunn’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group is one of the nation’s leading appellate practices.  In recognition of its achievements, Gibson Dunn was named the 2010 Litigation Department of the Year by American Lawyer, with the appellate practice described as "perhaps the firm’s greatest asset."  The preeminence of Gibson Dunn’s Appellate Group is also underscored by its placement on The National Law Journal’s 2008 through 2010 "Appellate Hot List," a survey of top appellate law practices.

Our Supreme Court statistics speak for themselves.  In the 2007 Term, Gibson Dunn went 3-0.  In the 2008 Term, Gibson Dunn argued six cases — winning four, including the recent win in a case challenging the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation, where the Court took the extraordinary step of ordering re-argument.  Gibson Dunn’s seven oral arguments in the 2008 Term were more than any other law firm (tied in cases handled, at six).  Moreover, while the grant rate for cert petitions is below 1%, Gibson Dunn has persuaded the Court to grant its cert petitions nearly forty percent of the time in the last five years.

Gibson Dunn’s lawyers are available to assist in addressing any questions you may have regarding developments at the Supreme Court.  Please feel free to contact the following attorneys in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, or any member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group.

Theodore B. Olson (202.955.8500, tolson@gibsondunn.com)
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Ryan J. Watson (202.955.8295, rwatson@gibsondunn.com)

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