Legal Education

Jenner and University of Chicago Law School open SCOTUS clinic

A U.S. Supreme Court clinic, led by a University of Chicago law professor and appellate lawyers from Jenner & Block, has opened.

Clients will be represented pro bono at the Jenner & Block University of Chicago Law School Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, according to a press release. Students working with David A. Strauss, a law professor and former assistant U.S. solicitor general, will help research and draft merits briefs, amicus briefs and cert petitions.

Michael A. Scodro and Matthew S. Hellman, two Jenner partners, serve as the clinic’s co-directors. Scodro is a former Illinois solicitor general who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and Hellman clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. Sarah M. Konsky, an assistant clinical professor at Chicago, supervises students’ work.

The clinic may also handle matters before the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal matters as well as Illinois Supreme Court cases. The clinic opened in the spring with four students, and is counsel on a U.S. Supreme Court case slated to be argued in October 2016.

“Our goal with the clinic is to educate and train the next generation of extraordinary appellate advocates and continue the tradition of helping clients handle their most important litigation problems—not just through the trial but all the way through the appeal,” says Craig C. Martin, a Jenner & Block partner who chairs the firm’s litigation department.

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