Listen to Episode 8 of Slate’s Amicus:
Over the past few years, the Supreme Court was six times more likely to accept cases from an elite group of 66 lawyers than it was from more than 99 percent of those who petitioned the court. That’s the finding of a recent Reuters special report called “The Echo Chamber.” It illustrates how almost half the appeals accepted by the court over a nine-year period came from this cadre of elite lawyers—many of whom have personal connections to the nine justices.
On this episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with Reuters reporter Joan Biskupic, one of the report’s co-authors, about the implications of the lack of diversity on the court bar and whether noncorporate clients are getting shut out as a result. Then Dahlia hears from two of the attorneys high up on the report’s elite list of influential lawyers: Tom Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell, PC, and Paul Clement of Bancroft PLLC.
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