Pro Bono Litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court

January 30, 2012 — A panel of practitioners, clinical professors and members of the public interest community will discuss the role of Supreme Court specialists in pro bono litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Role of Supreme Court Specialists and Public Interest Organizations

Event Notes

They will explore whether briefing and argument in the Supreme Court are better handled by a Supreme Court specialist or by counsel who handled the litigation in the lower courts; to what extent practitioners should consider whether a case is likely to make "bad law" in deciding if they should petition for Supreme Court review; and whether Supreme Court specialists should coordinate with public interest organizations or simply consult their clients in formulating Supreme Court litigation strategy.

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Supreme Court Institute.

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  • John H. Blume, Director of the Cornell Death Penalty Project, Director of Clinical, Advocacy & Skills Programs and Professor, Cornell Law School
  • Jeffrey L. Fisher, Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Jeffrey T. Green, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Lucas Guttentag, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
  • George H. Kendall, Of Counsel, Squires, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
  • Nancy Morawetz, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
  • Sean O'Brien, Director of the Public Interest Litigation Clinic and Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Steven R. Shapiro, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Seth P. Waxman, Partner and Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Allison Zieve, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group


  • Irv Gornstein, Visiting Professor and Executive Director of the Supreme Court Institute, Georgetown University Law Center

Time and Location

Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:00 - 12:30 p.m. ; Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor 120 F Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001

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