This article seeks to clear up the confusion over "substantial federal questions." Part I provides an overview of the Supreme Court's jurisdiction, distinguishing between appeal and certiorari. Part II examines the precedential weight of the Court's summary dispositions, contrasting summary disposition of appeals with denials of certiorari. Part III explains why the suggestions that the lower courts lack jurisdiction over cases presenting issues in which the Supreme Court has dismissed appeals "for want of a substantial federal question" are mistaken.
Place of Original Publication
Nevada Law Journal
2 Nevada Law Journal 608 (2002)
Entin, Jonathan L., "Insubstantial Questions and Federal Jurisdiction" (2002). Faculty Publications. 510.