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  • Anthony Franze and Reeves Anderson conducted their annual review of amicus practice at the Court for The National Law Journal; they conclude that it was another record-breaking year for amici, which has essentially become the “new norm.”
  • In both The Hill and American Thinker, Sean Roman Strockyj urges the Court to deny review in a case involving efforts to transfer the remains of Jim Thorpe from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.
  • At casetext, Colin Starger characterizes last Term’s decision in Ohio v. Clark as the “latest salvo in [a] longstanding doctrinal war over the meaning of the Confrontation Clause and the reach of the Crawford line of cases.”
  • In The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports on recent studies which analyze overlap between the Court’s opinions and briefs submitted to the Court in those cases; he notes that Justice Clarence Thomas’s majority opinions had the highest overlap rate in the Roberts Court era, while Justice Elena Kagan had the lowest.
  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports on Kagan’s interview with legal writing guru Bryan Garner; Kagan told Garner that she “thinks American law schools—including those in the top tier—need to ‘think in a deep way’ about how to help their students become better writers.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 28, 2015, 9:31 AM),