97 Judicature 228 (2013-2014)
Me Too: An Investigation of Repetition in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Curiae Briefs

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An Investigation of Repetition in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Curiae Briefs
by PAUL M. COLLINS, JR., PAMELA C. CORLEY, and JESSE HAMNER

A voluminous literature has demon-
strated that amicus curiae (friend
of the court) briefs influence judi-
cial behavior. At the U.S. Supreme
Court, amicus briefs affect certiorari
decisions;' litigation success;2 the
ideological direction of the Court's
decisions and justices' votes;3 the fre-
quency of separate opinion writing;'
and the content of the Court's opin-

A previous version of this article was pre-
sented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the
Midwest Political Science Association. We
extend our thanks to participants at that panel,
the anonymous reviewers, the editor, and Justin
Wedeking for their insightful comments on this
research. We are also grateful to Tom Miles for
his able research assistance.
1. Gregory A. Caldeira & John R. Wright, Orga-
nized Interests and Agenda Setting in the U.S.
Supreme Court, 82 AM. POL. SCI. REv. 1109 (1988).
2. Paul M. Collins, Jr., Friends ofthe Court: Exam-
ining the Influence ofAmicus Curiae Participation

in U.S. Supreme Court Litigation, 38 L. & Soc. REv.
807 (2004); Joseph D. Kearney & Thomas W.
Merrill, The Influence ofAmicus Curiae Briefs on the
Supreme Court, 148 U. OF PA. L. REv. 743 (2000).
3. Paul M. Collins, Jr., Lobbyists before the U.S.
Supreme Court: Investigating the Influence of
Amicus Curiae Briefs, 60 POL. REs. Q. 55 (2007);
PAUL M. COLLINS, JR., FRIENDS OF THE SUPREME
COURT: INTEREST GROUPS AND JUDICIAL DECI-
SION MAKING (2008).
4. Paul M. Collins, Jr., Amici Curiae and Dissen-
sus on the U.S. Supreme Court, 5 J. OF EMPIRICAL
LEGAL STUD. 143 (2008).

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