6 Ways To Be The High Court's Best Friend

By Jacqueline Bell and Cristina Violante (October 19, 2016, 11:21 AM EDT) -- An amicus brief can play a unique role in a Supreme Court case, providing a different perspective or valuable context for the justices. But when it's in a pile with dozens of others competing for the court's attention, how can a friend-of-the-court brief stand out from the rest?

It is an ever more pressing question. Lately, the U.S. Supreme Court has been swamped with amicus briefs. Last term, more than 1,000 amicus briefs were filed in decided cases at the high court, a 19 percent increase over the previous term, according to a Law360 analysis.

The justices themselves often say they read...

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