Student Files Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Case Regarding Search and Seizure of a Mobile Phone
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in U.S. v. Wurie today – a case involving the search and seizure of a mobile phone. Third-year day student Anna Aran wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Respondent Wurie as part of the Amicus Project Practicum, under the supervision of Professors Norman Garland and Michael Epstein.
In her brief filed last week, Ms. Aran crafted a unique argument in this case, one that the New York Times alluded to in its editorial yesterday, emphasizing that smartphones contain the type of private information that makes it tantamount to a virtual home. Click here¬†to learn more about this case – as well as the other cases for which briefs were filed through the Amicus Project – in a video of¬†last week’s showcase hosted by Southwestern’s Media Law Forum.
Pictured below, practicum students and faculty advisors with their briefs filed through the Amicus Project. (from left, front): Andrew Pletcher, American Broadcasting Company et al v. Aereo; Anna Aran, U.S. v. Wurie; and Andrew Pruitt, Petrella v. MGM, joined by Professor Warren Grimes, Amicus Brief advisor; Professor Michael Epstein, Director of the Amicus Project; and Professor Robert Lind, Amicus Brief advisor. (Not pictured, Orly Ravid, the first student to file a brief through the Amicus Project Practicum for the 9th Circuit case Brown v. NCOPM, and Professor Norman Garland, faculty advisor for the Wurie case.)
For other recent news on the Amicus Project, see¬†Southwestern Student Andrew Pletcher Helps Professors File Amicus Brief in Major U.S. Supreme Court Case.