The Yale Law Journal

Alex Hemmer


Civil Servant Suits

Alex Hemmer

A civil servant suit is a lawsuit brought by a government employee to declare unlawful a statute, regulation, or command that he or she is charged with enforcing. The theory of such suits is that the civil servant is uniquely situated to challenge su…


Courts as Managers: American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock and Summary Disposition at the Roberts Court

Alex Hemmer

Summary disposition is a procedural innovation—added only belatedly to the Supreme Court’s rules—in which the Court dispenses with a case without briefing or oral argument. It presents a puzzle for students of appellate decisionmaking: how can a case be significant enough to merit the Court’s consid…