On June 9th, Professor Jeff Fisher from Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic led a day-long workshop for the State Public Defender’s Appellate Division at the law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. The workshop focused on strategies for obtaining and opposing review by the United States Supreme Court. Fisher clerked for Justice Stevens and has argued 27 cases to SCOTUS, including Crawford v. Washington, Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts and California v. Riley–groundbreaking cases that affect our daily work. So Appellate Division lawyers were eager to hear his insights on how SCOTUS operates and how to persuade the justices to grant petitions for writ of certiorari. Click here to learn more about his strategies. And click here and here to see how his clinic used those strategies in recently-filed cert petitions.
The road to SCOTUS begins in the circuit courts. So, dear trial lawyers, this post offers a virtual gift bag for you too! Professor Fisher has been tracking cert-worthy issues relating to the Confrontation Clause and to the 4th Amendment and digital privacy. Click here and here for his meticulous outlines (with tons of case cites) on these subjects and then start preserving those issues in your trial court motions! Your appellate lawyers will love you for it. 🙂