Lunch and Learn: Supreme Court Amicus Practice

Friday 08 March 2019, 12:00pm - 02:00pm

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Remote option is available. In-Class attendance is limited to 22.

When the Supreme Court decides a case, it resolves a dispute between the immediate parties to the case (the original plaintiff and defendant) but its primary purpose is to settle the law for countless future cases. How can the individuals and companies who will be bound to follow that decision have an influence on the law that will govern them? The answer is by filing an amicus brief in the pending case.

This presentation will discuss the role of amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court. Topics include the differences between amicus briefs at the petition stage and at the merits stage; the advantages and disadvantages of filing an amicus brief at each stage; the different ways in which an amicus brief can be used to achieve an objective; and some of the factors that go into building a successful amicus strategy.
In an earlier life, Prof. Michael F. Sturley worked as a law clerk for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. He now holds a chair at the University of Texas Law School, where he teaches maritime law and co-directs the Supreme Court Clinic. Between the Clinic and his private work, he has been involved in a significant number of the maritime cases argued at the Supreme Court this century — including all three of the maritime cases being heard this Term.

Who Should Attend: 
Underwriters, Underwriting Managers, Claims Adjusters and Managers and all insurance professionals.


  Michael Sturley   

Michael F. Sturley, Fannie Coplin Regents Chair in Law, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin


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