Statement on Reuters Investigation of Elite Attorneys’ Influence at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, released the following statement following the publication of a Reuters special report outlining the influence of a small group of attorneys in shaping the docket at the Supreme Court.
While the increased insularity at the Supreme Court outlined in this report is not unexpected, it is disturbing nonetheless. This regression toward elitism comes from the same nine individuals who eschew a code of ethics and conduct their business as if TV and the Internet have yet to be invented.
The practices outlined by Reuters are reminiscent of a children’s dodgeball game where the same few kids are picked first every week. In this case, it’s the rest of the legal profession that is stuck on the sidelines while the same attorneys appear before the court all term long. That’s not healthy for a court charged with resolving the most pressing legal issues for an entire nation.
The result of this cherry-picking is a high court that is increasingly out of touch with the American public and in need of greater oversight from the people it serves.