The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in five cases on varied topics ranging from the death penalty to ERISA. But they all had one common thread: at least one veteran high court advocate represented a party in the case.

Three former U.S. solicitors general are involved in the granted cases, as well as some of the best-known advocates before the Supreme Court including Williams & Connolly partner Lisa Blatt, who has argued 37 cases before the court, more than any other woman.

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