The New York Times reports that an increasing number of U.S. Supreme Court cases are being argued by repeat players - attorneys who have argued multiple cases before the high court, or who are part of practice groups that regularly appear before the Court.
That article prompted Matthew L.M. Fletcher, on his Indian law blog Turtle Talk, to revisit UW Law Professor Marc Galanter's groundbreaking article, "Why the 'Haves' Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change," originally published in Law & Society Review (1974), which addressed some of the advantages that repeat players enjoy in litigation. Fletcher, a professor at the Michigan State College of Law, writes that Indian interests have often been successfully opposed by repeat players, but notes that the sample size of Indian law cases is too small to draw solid conclusions.
Galanter's article (.pdf) article is available here.
The New York Times article is here (registration may be required).
Submitted by UW Law School News on October 11, 2010
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