Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Prof. Brandeis attends program on U.S. Supreme Court appellate advocacy

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Justice faculty, attended a program on U.S. Supreme Court appellate practice which highlighted the complexities of arguing a case before the highest court in the nation. Carter G. Phillips, J.D., managing partner of the Washington D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP, was the featured speaker at this June 25 continuing legal education event sponsored by the Alaska Bar Association. Mr. Phillips, a veteran of 75 U.S. Supreme Court arguments and 90 Federal Circuit Court arguments, is one of the country's preeminent appellate lawyers. 

Prof. Brandeis was one of the attorneys who represented Joseph Frederick in Morse v. Frederick, a student free speech case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007.  He noted that “Carter Phillips is one of the most experienced Supreme Court attorneys in the country. He shared many stories from his years of practice before the Court —stories that helped humanize the lawyers and justices who work on such important matters. He also explained a number of tips and strategies for effective appellate advocacy and gave insight into the how the current makeup of the Court will shape major decisions for years to come.”