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ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 21 – 23, 2010: Litigating in the Marble Palace: ABCs of Supreme Court Practice) Getting Your Foot in the Door: The Petition for Certiorari Scott L. Nelson Public Citizen Litigation Group Washington, DC INTRODUCTION For nearly every decision by a federal court of appeals, there’s at least one party that thinks the outcome is very, very wrong. Sometimes the losing party’s lawyer agrees that the court was badly off the mark. Such cases often lead...

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