Political debate raged in Washington this month about nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But both sides agreed on one thing: the court's importance. President Obama and senators repeatedly called it a key federal appeals court, or even, the second-most important court in the nation.
So, what makes the D.C. Circuit so different? What makes it special? And how does Congress really view the court?
Four former D.C. Circuit clerks set out to answer those questions and provide a deeper understanding of the court's role by studying how Congress has given authority to the D.C. Circuit. They will publish their findings in an article for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy on Dec. 3, entitled "The Jurisdiction of the D.C. Circuit."
The National Law Journal caught up with one of the authors, Eric Fraser, an associate at Osborn Maledon in Phoenix, to ask him about the research amid the renewed debate over the D.C. Circuit.