Emory Supreme Court Advocacy Project Seeks Alumni Advisors

July 2, 2012

The Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project continues to grow as it enters its third year of producing persuasive petitions for certiorari and amicus briefs for the Supreme Court of the United States. By the end of July, the project will submit its 11th brief to the Court, with more on the way this fall.

“What we really need are interested alumni who would like to help us,” Laverone said. “We are forming an advisory board, which will help us bring speakers to campus, advise us on briefs and generally lend their experience to help us navigate our way through the legal landscape.”

The Court has taken notice of the project’s briefs. This year, Justice Stephen Breyer cited an ELSSCAP-written brief in his dissent in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, 132 S.Ct. 1510 (2012).

ELSSCAP began through the efforts of the late Professor David J. Bederman and Kedar Bhatia 13L. In April, the organization elected Louis Laverone 13L as executive director. Professor Sarah M. Shalf, director of the field placement program and a former clerk for the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, supervises the program.

From the start, students have handled all aspects of ELSSCAP’s cases, from choosing those cases to drafting the briefs. The program’s cases cover a broad range of practice areas, including criminal law, bankruptcy, immigration, and patent law.

Though a young organization, ELSSCAP is having an impact at Emory Law and in the Atlanta legal community. With help from Dean Robert Schapiro, the project formed partnerships with Alston & Bird; Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore; and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have such strong support from the Emory community,” Laverone said. “With the help of these major firms, ELSSCAP can now take on more cases and train more students. It’s been very exciting to see ELSSCAP grow.

“ELSSCAP is meant to be a resource for Emory’s best and brightest students, and what better resource is there than our alumni?” Laverone said. “Emory Law alumni are some of the best lawyers in the nation, and we’d love to have them on board.”

Interested alumni are encouraged to contact Benjamin Smyser 14L, ELSSCAP’s director of outreach, at  benjamin.f.smyser(at)emory.edu.


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