Repeat Players: Do Solicitor General Office Alumni Dominate the Supreme Court Bar?
November 6, 2012
Harvard Law School
Matthew Sundquist PLP Public Interest Research Grant Recipient
Privacy & Product Manager at Inflection
Matthew’s research examines how the political, legal, and economic conditions have sparked the creation of specialized Supreme Court practices beginning in 1985. In his research Matthew observes that court experts could be well-paid for litigating and many of these clinics are managed by and composed of former members of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). His project will measures the number of cases argued per term from 1983 – 2010 by former deputies, assistants, and solicitors general who moved to private practice; he aims to determine whether OSG veterans won more often than other advocates and whether they represent, more often than not, corporate interests to potentially explain whether former members of the OSG have had a disproportionate impact on the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on behalf of corporations.