Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project
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The Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program (ELSSCAP) is an organization at Emory Law School dedicated to representing clients in the Supreme Court of the United States. Formed in 2010, the project joined a growing class of Supreme Court Clinics that provide expert representation under the guidance of experienced litigators. ELSSCAP principally represents clients on petitions for writ of certiorari, in opposition to certiorari, on the merits, or as amicus curiae. The program was founded by Professor David J. Bederman and Kedar Bhatia, then a first-year law student and now a contributor on SCOTUSBlog.com. Professor Sarah Shalf currently oversees the work of the group.
ELSSCAP filed four amicus briefs and two petitions for writ of certiorari in its first year. It has been recognized for its public service efforts and profiled in the National Law Journal for an amicus brief it filed in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders representing a group of medical professionals. That amicus brief was later cited by Justice Stephen Breyer in his dissenting opinion in the case. In addition to advocating for clients, the project seeks to educate law students about the Supreme Court and about Supreme Court litigation through trips to the Supreme Court, guest speakers, and support for internship and job opportunities.
On October 29, 2012, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the fourth case taken by the group, Bullock v. BankChampaign N.A.
ELSSCAP is run by an annually elected student Executive Board. The current Director for the 2015-2016 school year is DeWitt Perkins. Other board member positions include Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Director of Case Services, Director of Marketing, Director of Outreach, Director of Membership, Executive Editor, and 1L Representative.
Case Application Process
Prospective clients may submit claims for consideration on ELSSCAP's website. Once submitted, the Executive Board will consider whether to accept the case.
- Docket Capture at the High Court
- Oyez Profile for David J. Bederman
- Faculty Profile for David J. Bederman
- "Kedar Bhatia". SCOTUSblog. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
- Faculty Profile for Sarah Shalf
- Supreme Court Advocacy Project Receives Award for Amicus Brief
- Brief of the Week: Student Counsel
- Brief of the Medical Society of New Jersey, et al.
- Emory Law Students' Brief Joins U.S. Supreme Court Case
- Justice Breyer Cites Emory Students' Brief in Dissenting Strip Search Opinion
- Docket: Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A.
- "Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program (ELSSCAP) | Emory University School of Law | Atlanta, GA". Emory University School of Law. Retrieved 2016-02-22.