Ira Brad Matetsky’s law journal was started by….a woman

NewyorkbradThey say that behind every man is a woman.

The deletion discussion for Ira Brad Matetsky, aka New York Brad, drags on.  At issue is the concept of “notability” and whether NYB is notable enough to justify a Wikipedia article.

The key to this is generally more sources, so at this point I have been focusing on the journal he edits, “The Journal of In-Chambers Practice”.  As sometimes happens, as more links are created to topics surrounding a subject,  the algorithms are able to unearth even more associated links .

Yesterday, thanks to Salvidrim, we found out that “The Journal of In-Chambers Practice” ( is an anthology and a subj-journal of GreenBag ( The Green Bag @GB2d

Today I have been able to discover that the journal was started by a woman, Cynthia J. Rapp, and that the original title was “Rapp’s Reports”.  From “6 J. L. 33 (2016), “The Recent Past and Near Future of Reporting In-Chambers”:

“In Chambers Opinions”

So, an “in-chambers opinion” is an official opinion written by a single Supreme Court judge (they can do this under some circumstances).

Cynthia J. Rapp started collecting these and in 2001 published them as a hard cover journal in 3 volumes  titled “A Collection of In Chambers Opinions by the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.”  They were later published online by Greenbag in 2004.

In 2004 additional opinions were collected for a 4th volume of “Rapp’s Reports” by a team of Cynthia J. Rapp, Ira Brad Matetsky, and Ross E. Davies.  These were published individually as they came out, as “4 Rapp”, then published together later as one volume, also as “4 Rapp”.. The publication was renamed in 2016 when it became “The Journal of In-Chambers Practice”.

Additional information about the bound volumes can be seen in the full PDF at

The journal is also  available electronically on Westlaw, HeinOnline, the websites of the Journal of Law and the Green Bag, and probably others.

There is a transcription of some of the PDFs with a lot of notes by NYB here: This seems to be the initial publication after NYB became edidotr in chief “volume one number one 2016… the Journal of In-Chambers Practice Editor-in-Chief Ira Brad Matetsky Contributing Editors Cynthia J. Rapp, Ross E. Davies & Noah B. Peters”.

So now, who are these people.

Ross E. Davies

Ross E. Davies is professor of law at Antonin Scalia law school at GMU (George Mason University in Virginia, just outside of Washington DC) and editor-in-chief of the Green Bag.

Biographical Sketch

Professor of Law Ross E. Davies teaches administrative law, civil procedure, contracts, employment discrimination, legal history, legal profession, and torts. He joined the faculty in 2002 after clerking for Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and practicing at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter). He is a member of the American Law Institute and of the bars of the District of Columbia and Ohio. He edits the Green Bag, the Journal of Law, and a variety of other things. In other walks of life, he serves on the steering committee of The Wolfe Pack and is an invested member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a two-time winner of the Doug Pappas Award from the Society for American Baseball Research, and a charter member of the Bill the Cat Buyers Club.

Bill the cat

“Wolfe pack”? Now where have I heard that before?

And for anyone not familiar with the late ultra-conservative justice Scalia, here is a sampling of his views on homosexuality.

““But I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible—murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals—and could exhibit even ‘animus’ toward such conduct. Surely that is the only sort of ‘animus’ at issue here: moral disapproval of homosexual conduct[.]”

Here’s a list of his academic publications, all 111 of them.

Cynthia J. Rapp

Oh, my, https://meagainstiniquity(DOT)wordpress(DOT)com/2015/08/19/cynthia-j-rapp-is-currently-a-deputy-clerk-with-the-supreme-court-of-the-united-states-as-deputy-her-responsibilities-include-managing-the-courts-original-case-docket-and-preparing-the-co/, somebody’s blog has huge typing:

August 19, 2015
“Cynthia J. Rapp is currently a Deputy Clerk with the Supreme Court of the United States. As deputy her responsibilities include managing the Court’s Original Case Docket and preparing the Court’s Orders List, Journal and statistics. She also handles the Supreme Court bar suspensions and disbarments. In addition, she handles major projects for the Clerk’s Office to include managing the creation and implementation of a new docketing system. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Clerk, she served for ten years as a staff attorney in the Clerk’s Office, where her main duties included coordinating the filings received in capital cases that had a scheduled execution date. Prior to working at the Supreme Court, Colonel Rapp served on active duty in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Her military assignments included clerk for three appellate judges; defense appellate attorney; prosecutor; and legal assistance attorney. She is currently a colonel in the United States Army Reserves and is the Commander of the 157th IMA Detachment that meets on Capitol Hill.”

This seems to be taken from this interview at “Profiles In Military Service Colonel Cynthia J. Rapp, USA.” Reveille. Vol. XIV, No. 3. Winter 2014. A non-PDF version is here:

Here’s another profile with her degrees listed:

In 1996 she was featured by WaPo as “the emergency applications clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court“, in charge of monitoring impending executions across the country in case of a last minute appeal.

She also seems to be the author of something called Cynthia J. Rapp, Guide for Special Masters in Original Cases Before the Supreme Court of the United States (Oct. 2004)

Undated image here “made from television”:

Mention here from Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association:

Noah B. Peters

Labor and employment practice.  From Bailey & Ehrenberg.  According to superlawyers.comNoah Peters is one of the top rated Employment Litigation attorneys in Washington, DC

Wonder what a nice New York boy like NYB is doing with this DC bunch.


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