Monday, July 5, 2010

Quote: Tip of the Iceberg

Last week, the Supreme Court took center stage with Justice Stevens' retirement, the Term's final decisions, and the Kagan confirmation hearings.  Tomorrow, Appellate Daily will turn its attention to the other appellate news around the country.  Hope everyone has had a great holiday weekend.

[T]he eighty cases that the Supreme Court hears annually represent the small tip of a vast iceberg. . . . [R]ather than the Supreme Court of the United States deciding every important question of law, most determinative legal interpretations occur instead in the federal courts of appeals, in the state supreme courts, and in state appellate courts.

Stephen G. Breyer, Reflections on the Role of Appellate Courts: A View from the Supreme Court, 8 J. App. Prac. & Process 91, 93 (2006).