Legal scholarship highlight: An empirical analysis of the Court’s shrinking docket
by Ryan Owens and David Simon
In recent years, the Supreme Court has handed down a number of important and well-known rulings. During this Term, Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promises to be significant, as does Arizona v. United States. All Court observers, and many members of the public, know something about Citizens United v. FEC. And most people likely know of the Court’s 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore. The publicity attached to these cases has led many to believe that the Court decides hundreds of cases each year. The reality, however, is quite different.