Academics: Professional Training

Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Professors Dan Ortiz and toby heytens; Adjunct ProfessorS John Elwood, david t. goldberg and mark stancil; 8 Credits | Application

This yearlong clinic will introduce third-year students to all aspects of current U.S. Supreme Court practice through live cases.

Students earn eight credits (one credit graded on a CR/NC basis awarded in the fall for monitoring work done during the summer and fall; three credits graded on a CR/NC basis awarded in the fall for work done in the fall; and four credits graded on a graded basis for work done in the spring). Working in teams, students handle actual cases from the seeking of Supreme Court review to briefing on the merits. Classes meet every week to discuss drafts of briefs and other papers students have prepared for submission to the court. Students will be expected to identify candidates for Supreme Court review; draft petitions for certiorari, amicus merits briefs and party merits briefs; and attend mootings and Supreme Court arguments.

Students must apply to enroll. Once enrolled, no drops are permitted. Admitted students are required to complete some work over the summer before the clinic begins.

Clinic Cases

Anthony D. Elonis. v. United States (Cert Granted June 16, 2014)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Cert Petition | Brief in Opposition | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply
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Rosemond v. United States (2013)
Brief for the U.S. | Reply Brief for Petitioner | Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Cert Petition | Brief in Opposition | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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3.7.14 Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Wins SCOTUS Firearms Conviction Case
5.29.13 Supreme Court to Hear Federal Gun Law Case from UVA Law School Clinic

Vance v. Ball State University (2012)
Brief for Respondent | Reply Brief for Petitioner | Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Cert Petition | Brief in Opposition | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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6.24.13 Ortiz Reacts to Supreme Court's Decision in Employment Discrimination Case
11.27.12 For Workplace Harassment Lawsuits, Court Asks Who Qualifies as a Supervisor in Case Argued by UVA Law Professor
11.26.12 UVA Law Professor Argues Workplace Harassment Case Before Supreme Court
7.9.12 Supreme Court to Hear Workplace Harassment Case from University of Virginia Law School Clinic

Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri (2011)
Brief for Respondent | Reply Brief for Petitioner | Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Cert Petition | Cert Reply | Brief in Opposition | Supreme Court Opinion
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6.20.11 Supreme Court Rules for Clinic in Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri
3.23.11 Inside the Supreme Court: Instructors Argue Two Cases on Same Day
1.3.11 Supreme Court to Hear Two Clinic Cases on Same Day
10.18.10 Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clinic Case

Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan (2011)
Brief for Respondent | Reply Brief for Petitioner | Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Cert Petition | Brief in Opposition | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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6.13.11 Supreme Court Rules for Clinic's Client in First Amendment Case
1.31.11 Supreme Court to Hear Fourth Clinic Case of Term

Fox v. Vice (2011)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Supreme Court Opinion
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6.6.11 Supreme Court Rules in Clinic Case
3.23.11 Inside the Supreme Court: Instructors Argue Two Cases on Same Day
1.3.11 Supreme Court to Hear Two Clinic Cases on Same Day

Kevin Abbott v. United States (2010)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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3.8.10 Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Gets Third Win
2.2.10 Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clinic Case

Bloate v. United States (2010)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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04.21.09 Supreme Court to Hear Law School Clinic Case

Vaden v. Discover Bank (2009)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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3.09.2009 Supreme Court Earns Second Win with Vaden

Indiana v. Edwards (2008)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Supreme Court Opinion
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3.31.08 U.S. Supreme Court Hears Law School Clinic Case

Watson v. United States (2007)
Petitioner's Opening Merits Brief | Petitioner's Cert-Stage Reply | Supreme Court Opinion
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12.13.07 Supreme Court Clinic Celebrates First Win with Watson
3.26.07 Supreme Court to Hear Law School Clinic Case Watson

Merits Amicus Brief

The clinic filed an amicus brief in a case the Supreme Court ruled on (affirming the clinic’s side) in 2012.

Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. (2011)
Clinic Amicus Brief | Supreme Court Opinion
 

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