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U.S. Supreme Court merits briefing & oral arguments
  • Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, 132 S. Ct. 2199 (2012) (whether federal sovereign immunity barred private plaintiff’s challenge to government’s agency action; prudential standing)
  • Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., No. 15-866 (what test should federal courts apply to determine whether a feature of a useful article, like a car, is copyrightable) (pending)

Representative U.S. Supreme Court amici briefs
  • Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., No. 13-354 (constitutionality of requiring for-profit corporations to provide employee health insurance covering abortifacient drugs)
  • Madigan v. Levin, No. 12-872 (brief regarding whether the ADEA preempts § 1983 for age-discrimination claims)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, No. 12-484 (brief arguing mixed-motive analysis does not apply to Title VII retaliation claims)
  • Bailey v. United States, No. 11-770 (brief in support of the United States regarding detention of a suspect incident to a search)
  • Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 10-553 (brief regarding ministerial exception to employment-discrimination laws)
  • Elmbrook School District v. Doe, No. 12-755 (whether the Establishment Clause prevents a school from holding a graduation ceremony in a church building for reasons of secular convenience)
  • Cassens Transport Co. v. Brown, No. 12-622 (relationship between state workers’ compensation system and the federal RICO Act)
  • Michigan Department of Community Health v. Sebelius, No. 12-589 (brief in support of Michigan regarding Medicaid reimbursement)
  • Brown v. Henley, No. 12-532 (brief regarding Title VII’s preemption of a § 1983 action for employment discrimination against a state or local government)

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