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AMICUS PROJECT UPDATE: A Ticket to the U.S. Supreme Court

Under the auspices of Southwestern’s Amicus Project, Bernadette Bolan was in Washington, D.C., this week to observe oral arguments in Ohio v. Clark, the case for which she submitted an amicus brief. Read her Tweets of the proceedings here (opens in a new window). To learn more about her Amicus Project experience, click here (opens in a new window). In other news related to the case, prior to the Supreme Cou ...

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Southwestern’s Amicus Project impacts landmark California Court of Appeal ruling

Southwestern’s Amicus Project played an integral role in a recent ruling made by the California Court of Appeal. The Appellate opinion rendered holds that immigration status is irrelevant to a personal injury action not claiming damages for lost earnings or earnings capacity, and that immigration status is not relevant to credibility. Last November, Professor Ryan Abbott argued as an amicus (friend of the c ...

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SCALE II student prepares amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court

As a participant in Southwestern’s Amicus Project, under the supervision of Professor Norman Garland and direction of Professor Michael Epstein, SCALE II student Bernadette Bolan successfully contributed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court for a case that will be argued in March. The U.S. Supreme Court is reserving a seat for Bolan, and she will fly to Washington D.C. to observe oral arguments in the ...

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Professor Abbott, MD, presents oral argument on behalf of Southwestern Law School’s Amicus Project in case of patient denied lung transplant

On November 25, Professor Ryan Abbott argued in front of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, on behalf of the Amicus Project at Southwestern Law School. He argued as an amicus (friend of the court) in support of appellant Wilfredo Velasquez, who had lost a trial against Advanced Biotech for medical expenses needed for a lung transplant. Velasquez argued on appeal that the trial court’ ...

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Justice’s Ruling in Supreme Court Case Tracks Main Points of Southwestern Student’s Amicus Brief

The Supreme Court has ruled that cell phones can't be searched without a warrant, an argument that recent graduate Anna Aran '14 also made in her amicus brief filed for the case of United States v. Wurie as part of our Amicus Project. "They did not cite our brief, but Justice Robert's opinion tracks our main points," said Aran, who wrote the brief with the assistance of Professor Norman Garland and Professo ...

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Faculty in the Media

Intellectual Property Watch reports that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently published a paper by Professor Ryan Abbott on "Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge" ("WIPO Publishes Expert Paper On Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge"). As reported in early April on Facebook and Twitter, Professor Abbott was commissioned to write the paper by WIPO, a division of the United N ...

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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, o ...

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Southwestern Student Andrew Pletcher Helps Professors File Amicus Brief in Major U.S. Supreme Court Case

As part of Southwestern's Amicus Project, third-year day student Andrew Pletcher, under the supervision of Professors Warren Grimes and Michael Epstein, has written an amicus brief that was filed last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the respondent in American Broadcasting Company et al v. Aereo. The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments for this case, which can affect the way people wa ...

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Southwestern’s Amicus Project Files First Official Brief

Professors Michael Epstein and Robert Lind submitted the brief, which practicum student Orly Ravid researched and wrote for a case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals In October, the Amicus Project at Southwestern filed its inaugural pro bono amicus brief in the 9th Circuit. This amicus curiae brief supports the National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) in its federal appeal challenging the constitut ...

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