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Argued February 25, 1991.
Decided April 16, 1991.
Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Timothy B. Dyk argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Robert H. Klonoff and Richard B. Kay, pro se.
Ann M. Sheadel, Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky, argued the cause for respondents. With her on the brief was Frederic J. Cowan, Attorney General.
Robert A. Long, Jr., argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging affirmance. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Starr, Assistant Attorney General Gerson, Deputy Solicitor General Roberts, Leonard Schaitman, and Marc Richman.*
Supreme Court of the United States.
JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.
The question is whether an attorney who represents himself in a successful civil rights action may be awarded "a reasonable attorney's fee as part of the costs" under 42 U. S. C. § 1988.1
Petitioner is licensed to practice law in Florida. In 1980, he requested the Kentucky Board of Elections (Board) to place his name on the Democratic Party's primary ballot for the office...
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