Here is a series of conversations between the Appellate Clerk, Attorney 5 and myself.
Attorney 5: How many copies of this decision can I have our clerk pick up later today?
Appellate Clerk: Two.
Attorney 5: Go pick up at least twenty copies of this decision from the Appellate Clerk today.
Me: Can I have several copies of this decision?
Appellate Clerk: Here's four.
Me: Any chance I can get twenty?
Appellate Clerk: I already told the guy who called earlier that we can't do that.
Me: Sounds about right.
Me: Did they already tell you we couldn't get twenty copies?
Attorney 5: ...maybe.
Me: So, you seriously sent me off to get something you knew I couldn't get?
Attorney 5: Ok, here's what happened. Technically, they told me that the decisions weren't in yet, so they couldn't give me a final number.
Me: Did she give you an estimate?
Attorney 5: ....yeah....two. So, you did twice as well as me. Good job, Nick!