jd20132013 wrote:Piggybacking off that question--is it true that even if you have a Federal COA, it's unlikely you'll be able to get into one of the top flight appellate groups unless it's like...D.C. Cir. or a feeder? That's been floated around on this board before and I wonder how true it is
Depends, but generally not true. That said, if you clerked for Garland or Kavanaugh (or folks like Kozinski or Posner) you'll certainly have a heads up over some COA clerk from a nondescript judge in the 8th Cir.