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The Jurisdiction Of The D.C. Circuit, Matthew J.B. Lawrence, David K. Kessler, Eric M. Fraser, Stephen A. Calhoun Jan 2013

The Jurisdiction Of The D.C. Circuit, Matthew J.B. Lawrence, David K. Kessler, Eric M. Fraser, Stephen A. Calhoun

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is unique among federal courts, well known for an unusual caseload that is disproportionally weighted toward administrative law. What explains that unusual caseload? This Article explores that question. We identify several factors that “push” some types of cases away from the Circuit and several factors that “pull” other cases to it. We give particular focus to the jurisdictional provisions of federal statutes, which reveal congressional intent about the types of actions over which the D.C. Circuit should have special jurisdiction. Through a comprehensive examination of the U.S. Code, we identify several …