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Three Stanford Law School Faculty Members will Present Oral Arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court October 11-12

Three Stanford Law School faculty members will present oral argument in three cases in the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12.

Tuesday, October 11:

Professor Michael McConnell

Professor Michael McConnell

Michael McConnell, the Richard & Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will argue on behalf of the petitioner in CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood (No. 10-948 ). The question presented is: “Whether claims arising under the Credit Repair Organizations Act, 15 U.S.C. §1679 et seq., are subject to arbitration pursuant to a valid arbitration agreement.” For more information, see the case history at SCOTUSBlog.

Professor McConnell is a leading authority on freedom of speech and religion, the relation of individual rights to government structure, originalism, and various other aspects of constitutional history and constitutional law. He was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and has argued twelve cases in the United States Supreme Court.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Fisher

Associate Professor Jeffrey Fisher

Jeffrey Fisher, associate professor of law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, will argue on behalf of the petitioner in Greene v. Fisher (No. 10-637 ). The question presented in this case is: “For purposes of adjudicating a state prisoner’s petition for federal habeas relief, what is the temporal cutoff for whether a decision from this Court qualifies as ‘clearly established Federal law’ under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), as amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996?” For more information about this case, see the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic’s webpage of selected cases and the case history on SCOTUSBlog.

Jeff Fisher is leading authority on Supreme Court practice and nationally recognized expert on criminal procedure. His successes in the Supreme Court include bringing and winning the landmark cases of Crawford v. Washington and Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, in which he persuaded the Court to adopt a new approach to the Constitution’s Confrontation Clause; Blakely v. Washington, in which the Court held that the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial applies to sentencing guidelines; and Kennedy v. Louisiana, in which the Court held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits states from imposing capital punishment for crimes against individuals that do not result in death.

Wednesday, October 12:

Thomas C. Goldstein

Lecturer Thomas C. Goldstein

Thomas C. Goldstein, Lecturer in Law and co-founder of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, will argue on behalf of the petitioner in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders (No. 10-945 ). The question presented in this case is: “Whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search of every individual arrested for any minor offense no matter what the circumstances.” For more information about this case, see the clinic’s webpage on selected cases and the argument preview at SCOTUSBlog.

Tom Goldstein is the publisher of and a regular contributor to SCOTUSBlog, which he co-founded with Amy Howe in 2002. He has argued 22 cases before the Supreme Court.

About the Stanford Constitutional Law Center

The Stanford Constitutional Law Center, founded in September 2006 by former dean Kathleen M. Sullivan and now led by Michael W. McConnell, grows out of the long and distinguished tradition of constitutional law scholarship at Stanford Law School. The Center seeks to carry on that tradition by directing attention to the most fundamental questions of constitutional order, especially the allocation and control of governmental power through law. The Center advances this mission through events and activities that foster scholarship, generate public discussion, attempt to transcend ideological divides, and provide opportunities for students to engage in analysis of the Constitution.

About the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic —the first of its kind at any law school—gives students the opportunity to explore a realm few lawyers experience in their careers: the Supreme Court of the United States. Under the direction of two faculty members and Washington, D.C.-based lecturers, who collectively have argued over fifty Supreme Court cases, clinic members work on real Supreme Court cases, representing parties and amici curiae.

Updated October 14, 2011


CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood

Transcript (PDF) of the Supreme Court oral argument in CompuCredit Corporation, et al., Petitioners v. Wanda Greewood, et al.

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Greene v. Fisher

Transcript (PDF) of the Supreme Court oral argument in Eric Greene, AKA Jarmaine Q. Trice, Petitioner v. Jon Fisher, Superintendent State Correctional Institution at Smithfield, et al.

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Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders

Transcript (PDF) of  the Supreme Court oral argument in Albert W. Florence, Petitioner v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, et al. (No. 10-945 )

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