Professor Leora Harpaz

The Supreme Court

Fall, 2006


READINGS ON THE CERTIORARI PROCESS


Required Reading:


(1) Supreme Court Rule 10 available at http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/supct/10.html;


(2) Stephen Shapiro, Certiorari Practice: The Supreme Court’s Shrinking Docket available at http://www.appellate.net/articles/certpractice.asp;


(3) Timothy S. Bishop & Jeffrey W. Sarles, Petitioning the United States Supreme Court for Certiorari: A Primer available at http://www.appellate.net/articles/petit799.asp;


(4) Stewart A. Baker, Symposium on Supreme Court Advocacy: A Practical Guide to Certiorari.


Optional Reading:


(5) Saul Brenner, Granting Certiorari by the United States Supreme Court: An Overview of the Social Science Studies;


6)Timothy S. Bishop, Opposing Certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court available at http://www.appellate.net/articles/oppcertinsc.asp.



Examples of Actual Cert Petitions:


(1) Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Stripling v. Head: http://www.appellate.net/briefs/Stripling_Petition_FINAL.pdf;


(2) Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in American Insurance Association v. Garamendi (co-authored by Shephen Shapiro): http://www.appellate.net/briefs/2002Cert.Petition.pdf.


Sample Certiorari Assignments:


(1) Sample Student Argument Section of Certiorari Petition in Wisconsin v. Oakley, 629 N.W.2d 200 (Wis. 2001).


(2) Sample Argument Section of Certiorari Petition in Ragin v. New York Times Co., 923 F.2d 995 (2d Cir. 1991).