by Brian Wolfman
Today, Monday, September 29, the Supreme Court Justices held their annual "long conference" at which they considered hundreds of petitions for writs of certiorari that had piled up over the Court's 3-month summer recess. If the Court's recent pattern is followed this year, expect the Court to issue orders tomorrow, September 30, granting review in a handful of cases. Then, expect the Court to issue a massive order next Monday, October 6, denying review in hundreds of cases. Next Monday is also the first day of oral argument for the Court's 2008-2009 Term.
Approximately every 2 weeks during the Court's Term, the Justices hold conferences to decide which cases to hear from among the petitions that have accumulated. Prior to each conference, Public Citizen Litigation Group's Supreme Court Assistance Project (SCAP) publishes a "watch list" of public interest cases on the conference. The watch list for today's long conference, along with a cover email highlighting the critical cases, are available here.
It's easy to sign up to receive our email and watch list before each of the Justices' conferences. Just go here.