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NAAG Welcomes Supreme Court Fellows for Winter Term

The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives assistant attorneys general (AAG) an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected AAGs to come to Washington, D.C. for three to four 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 will be working with NAAG Supreme Court counsel from January to the end of March:

Bill Bilderback is a supervising deputy attorney general in the criminal division of the California Office of the Attorney General. He supervises and reviews the work of deputy attorneys general, and represents the state at all levels in the state and federal courts, including preparing amicus curiae merits briefing for the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of California and joining states. Bill has been with the California office since 1992. During his time there, he has received several honors including the 2006 Attorney General Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment and the 2005 Attorney General Team Award. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

David Thompson is a senior assistant attorney general in the appellate division of the Oregon Office of the Attorney General. He drafts briefs, handles oral arguments for criminal and civil cases in state and federal appellate courts, and litigates post-conviction and habeas cases in state and federal trial courts. Previously, David was one of three judges on the Court of Appeals for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Throughout his career, he has worked at both law firms and public interest entities. He began his career at the Utah Office of Attorney General as an assistant attorney general. David obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and his J.D from the University of Utah College of Law.

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