In the 2014-2015 term, “friends of the court” participated in 98 percent of the U.S. Supreme Court’s cases, filed nearly 800 amicus curiae briefs and broke two records: the most amicus briefs filed in a case and the most signatories on a single brief.

But in many ways, this was just business as usual at One First Street. In this, our fifth year analyzing Supreme Court amicus practice for The National Law Journal, we conclude that mountains of briefs, shattered records and the justices’ reliance on amici simply reflect the new norm.


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