The Law: Advocate for Underdogs

Most lawyers have as much chance to appear before the Supreme Court as an airline pilot has of flying to the moon. Since February, though, a 34-year-old Stanford law professor named Anthony Amsterdam has taken four key cases to the high court. In one recent week, he appeared three times—prompting U.S. Solicitor General Erwin Griswold to write Amsterdam a joking note, calling for an "investigation of your practice of monopolizing litigation before the Supreme Court."

Tony Amsterdam's appearance this month involved what may well be the most dramatic problem before the court.

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