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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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Southwestern Practicum Students Win Two Appellate Cases

Students participating in Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Practicum completed a very successful year, winning both of the cases they argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April, the court granted Southwestern's client's petition for review and remanded it to the Board of Immigration Appeals with instructions to vacate the order removing him from the United States. Professor Gowri Ramachan ...

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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 Appellate Litigation Practicum Students Win Published Ruling in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Class of 2013 graduates Isaiah Costas and Alexis Diamond successfully advocate immigration case When it comes to practicing law, one of the most effective ways to prepare students for the profession is to get experience litigating real cases. As participants in Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Practicum, recent alumni Isaiah Costas '13 and Alexis Diamond '13 had their day in court. Last August, under the ...

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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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Southwestern’s Entertainment Production Practicum Helps Bring Indies from Dreams to Screens

Anyone who sits through all the credits that roll at the end of a movie can see that it takes many people to produce one film. It also takes a lot of money, which presents an especially daunting challenge to independent filmmakers, who have to face a wide array of legal issues on restrictive budgets. Everything from securing permits to music clearance rights to protecting themselves from potential law suits ...

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Southwestern Launches the Amicus Project

Everyone needs friends, perhaps even more so in court. Launching in the Fall of 2013, the Amicus Project at Southwestern is a first-of-its-kind pro bono outreach program that will enable law students to gain practical experience by preparing amicus - or "friend of the court" - briefs for cases in which an amicus brief is needed. An amicus brief allows a person or entity that is not part of a case, but has a ...

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