National Association of Attorneys General
Supreme Court Fellows Arrive
The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives state lawyers an opportunity to obtain direct and intensive hands-on exposure to U.S. Supreme Court practice. The Fellows work in NAAG’s Washington, D.C., office for three- to four-month periods during the Court’s argument session. They watch oral arguments, participate in moot courts, prepare an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, and draft the Report. The following Fellows joined NAAG for the fall term:
Matthew Kanai is the capital crimes unit coordinator and assistant solicitor general in the Ohio Office of the Attorney General. In this role, he is responsible for all phases of federal habeas corpus cases involving a state, capital cases in district court, and on appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Selected to serve in the state’s Major Appellate Group, he also wrote initial drafts of briefs in opposition of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court and amicus briefs to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the Ohio Office of the Attorney General, Matthew served in various roles over his eight years with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. He most recently served as director of the appellate unit where he was responsible for all appeals arising from the Prosecutor Division of the City Attorney’s Office, and taught as an adjunct law professor at The Ohio State University College of Law from 2006-2007. Matthew received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Hiram College. He is also a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law.
Susan Leach is a deputy attorney general for the California Office of the Attorney General, Civil Division, Government Section. She has defended the state’s constitutional offices in state and federal court in various matters, defended a state law banning violent video games, and defended the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting the processing of “downer” animals. Susan previously worked as a litigation associate in private practice in New York and Los Angeles. There she was responsible for preparing and cross-examining witnesses at Securities and Exchange Commission hearings, drafting appeals, and summary judgments. Susan received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1995, graduating magna cum laude. She also graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1998.