Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has announced the winners of the 2023 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 selected by a panel of independent Supreme Court experts who are experienced Supreme Court practitioners.
The 2023 Best Brief Award winners are:
District of Columbia and Illinois: Amicus Brief for D.C. and Illinois et al. in Moore v. Harper, No. 21-1271. The authors were (from D.C.) Solicitor General Caroline S. Van Zile, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Ashwin P. Phatak, and Assistant Attorneys General Adam J. Tuetken and Arjun P. Ogale; and (from Illinois) Solicitor General Jane Elinor Notz and Deputy Solicitor General Alex Hemmer.
Nebraska: Brief for Respondents in Biden v. Nebraska, No. 22-506. The authors were former Solicitor General James A. Campbell and former Assistant Solicitor General Christian Edmonds.
New York: Brief in Opposition in Dr. A v. Hochul, No. 21-1143. The authors were Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood, Deputy Solicitor General Judith N. Vale, and Assistant Solicitor General Mark S. Grube.
Ohio: Amicus Brief for Ohio et al. in Michigan State University v. Balow, No. 22-93. The authors were Solicitor General Benjamin M. Flowers and Deputy Solicitor General John L. Rockenbach.
“These awards recognize the excellence of state attorneys who collectively handle more Supreme Court cases than anyone else in the legal community,” said Dan Schweitzer, chief counsel of the NAAG Center for Supreme Court Advocacy. “Attorney general offices play an active role in the nation’s highest court, and we congratulate these individuals for their expertise and focus on this important work.”
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