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Cal. Litig. 2019, Volume 32, Number 1

The Fight Over Martins Beach: Convincing the Supreme Court to Deny a Tech Tycoon’s Attempt to Cut Off Public Beach Access

By Anna-Rose Mathieson

Anna-Rose Mathieson

While many lawyers dream of arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court, that’s the last place you want to go after you win a state court appeal. The Court reverses about 70% of cases it decides to review, and even a victory provides little benefit for most litigants since you end up in the same place you were after the state court ruling. (The exception is repeat players like public interest groups or corporations that get value out of establishing a nationwide precedent.) But despite the high stakes and need for careful strategy, briefs opposing certiorari petitions can be a ton of fun to write—particularly when your opposing party seems to delight in acting like a villain.

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