October 13, 2011 11:35 Age: 3 yrs

Supreme Court Advocacy Project Receives Award

The Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project received an Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association for its amicus brief in City of New York v. Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. The award recognizes “exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests.”

The brief-writing team included Ross Andre 11L, Kedar Bhatia 13L, Michael Burshteyn 13L, Louis Laverone 13L, Ross Phillips 12L and Mark Wilson 12L.

The students worked with advisor David J. Bederman, K.H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law, to research, write and file the brief during the fall 2010 semester.

“Professor Bederman decided that he wanted to give us a lot of autonomy on this,” Laverone says. “We had three or four meetings to track our progress, to bounce ideas off him and to eventually pick what issues were going to make it into the brief.”

ELSSCAP, a new student organization, provides students with an opportunity to “get engaged at a deep level in how the Supreme Court works,” says Bhatia, founder and president.

The organization had two more cases for this past summer. Future plans include a spring break trip to the U.S. Supreme Court to meet with the justices and individuals in the Office of the Solicitor General.

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