NAAG Welcomes Two Fall Supreme Court Fellows

The NAAG Supreme Court Fellowship program has begun its twenty-second year with the arrival of Colorado Assistant Attorney General John Seidel and New Mexico Assistant Attorney General Victoria Wilson. This program gives state lawyers an opportunity to obtain direct and intensive hands-on exposure to Supreme Court practice. Each of the six Fellows comes to D.C. for three- to four-month periods during the Court’s argument session. They watch oral arguments, participate in our moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the Report.

Victoria is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been an Assistant Attorney General for twelve years in the Criminal Appeals Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. In that capacity, she represents the state in criminal appeals in the state appellate courts. Victoria also represents the state, through the prison wardens, in federal habeas corpus proceedings in the federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1983 and a J.D from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1987.

John is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1982 and Northwestern University School of Law in 1985. He was an in-house litigator for Texaco from 1985-88 (during which time Texaco went bankrupt fighting Pennzoil over the purchase of Getty Oil Co). He then moved to Colorado where he worked for KN Energy, a gas transmission company, from 1988-1990. John then became a part-time contract lawyer and full-time musician and composer for four years. In 1994, he began his career as an appellate lawyer in the Criminal Appeals section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

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