Thursday, April 02, 2009

Supreme Court Appoints Advocate for Second Circuit's Position

Since both the petitioners and the respondents -- the settlement parties and the objectors -- agree that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on jurisdiction was wrong, the Supreme Court faced a situation in which there was no advocate for the other side of the question the justices agreed to hear.

The High Court now has solved that problem by appointing Deborah Jones Merritt, a professor at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, to brief and argue, as amicus curiae ("friend of the court"), on behalf of the Second Circuit's position.

Merritt's bio is at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the advocate get paid by the Court or does she do it pro bono?

5:14 PM  
Blogger Irv Muchnick said...

I don't know the answer to that question, but I will try to find out.

6:12 PM  

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