NAAG Hosts Supreme Court Fellows for Fall Term

The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives deputy and assistant attorneys general an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General to come to Washington, D.C. for several months during the Court’s argument session. During this time, they watch oral arguments, participate in moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the biweekly Supreme Court Report. The following two fellows are working with NAAG Supreme Court counsel through mid-December:

Kathleen Martin is a senior assistant attorney general in the Criminal Litigation Section of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. In this role, she writes briefs and argues criminal cases in the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, and also handles habeas corpus cases in state and federal courts. In addition, as a team leader, Kathleen reviews briefs and pleadings prepared by other attorneys in the section. Before joining the Criminal Litigation Section in 1990, Kathleen represented the Virginia Department of Social Services in the areas of child support enforcement, licensing, and benefits and services programs. In her spare time she trains for triathlons and enjoys reading historical fiction. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

Stephen Ruckman is an assistant attorney general in the Executive Division of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. He works on special investigations, civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and policy matters for Attorney General Douglas Gansler. He has been with the Attorney General’s Office since 2009 and has served in other capacities while there, including acting legislative director and acting communications director. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for Judge Catherine Blake at the U.S. District Court of Maryland. He has also held law clerk positions at the U.S Department of Justice, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. When not soaking up briefs for work, Stephen is usually out enjoying the sights and sounds of his adopted hometown of Baltimore, or playing chamber music with his string ensemble. Stephen obtained his bachelor’s in both political ethics and music from Amherst College. He received his Master of Arts in Religion in ethics from Yale Divinity School and J.D. from Yale Law School. Stephen also holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, obtained as part of a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom.

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