Supreme Court Report: Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, 20-1566

October 7, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 1 This Report summarizes cases granted review on September 30, 2021 (Part I). Case Granted Review: Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, 20-1566 Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, 20-1566. At issue is “[w]hether a federal court hearing state law claims brought under the [Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act] must apply the…

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Supreme Court Report: Boechler v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 20-1472

October 6, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 1 This Report summarizes cases granted review on September 30, 2021 (Part I). Case Granted Review: Boechler v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 20-1472 Boechler v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 20-1472. “Section 6330(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code establishes a 30-day time limit to file a petition for review in…

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Supreme Court Report: Shurtleff v. City of Boston, MA, 20-1800

October 7, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 1 This Report summarizes cases granted review on September 30, 2021 (Part I). Case Granted Review: Shurtleff v. City of Boston, MA, 20-1800 Shurtleff v. City of Boston, MA, 20-1800. At issue is whether the City of Boston violated the First Amendment by denying a Christian organization’s request to…

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Supreme Court Report: Concepcion v. United States, 20-1650

October 7, 2021 Volume 29, Issue 1 This Report summarizes cases granted review on September 30, 2021 (Part I). Case Granted Review: Concepcion v. United States, 20-1650 Concepcion v. United States, 20-1650. The question presented is “[w]hether, when deciding if it should ‘impose a reduced sentence’ on an individual under Section 404(b) of the First…

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National Association of Attorneys General Announces Winners for 2021 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has announced the winners of the 2021 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards. The Best Brief Awards are given annually to honor appellate practitioners from state attorney general offices who have exhibited superb work in representing their states before the U.S. Supreme Court. The winners were…

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Supreme Court Allows Creditors to Retain Assets Lawfully Seized Prior to Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code (title 11 of the United States Code) provides numerous protections for debtors when they file a bankruptcy petition. Those protections include an automatic stay of “any act to obtain possession of . . . or to exercise control over property of the estate.” §362(a)(3). Section 542(a) of the Code states that a…

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Challenge to the FTC’s Restitution Authority to be Heard by Supreme Court

Led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) right to obtain disgorgement and restitution for victims of deceptive practices in cases filed in U.S. district court under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act. The…

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U.S. Supreme Court Brief Writing Style Guide

There are few tasks more daunting to a lawyer than being asked to write, for the first time, a U.S. Supreme Court brief.

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NAAG Announces Winners of 2020 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has announced the winners of the 2020 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards. The Best Brief Awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in brief writing in the U.S. Supreme Court. The awards honor state attorneys, who collectively handle more Supreme Court cases than almost…

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How To Write a Successful Brief In Opposition: A Guide For State Lawyers

An overview of the procedures and strategies applicable to the Supreme Court briefs in opposition process.

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