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Supreme Court Fellows Arrive at NAAG for Winter Term

The NAAG Supreme Court Fellows program gives deputy and assistant attorneys general an opportunity for direct and rigorous exposure to the practices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This hands-on experience allows selected attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General to come to Washington, D.C. for several 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 are working with NAAG Supreme Court counsel from January to March:

Anne Thomas is an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General. In this capacity, she researches and writes briefs for cases on direct appeal, oppositions to post-conviction motions, and pleadings and briefs in state and federal civil suits including habeas corpus petitions. She argues these matters before all levels of the state judicial system, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has been in this position since 2008. Before joining the Office of Attorney General, she was an assistant district attorney in the Appellate Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Previously, she served as a clerk for Justice Martha Sosman with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Anne has also held several intern and paralegal positions at the U.S. Department of Justice and various law firms. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Law Clerk’s Society of the Supreme Judicial Court. In her free time, Anne enjoys watching the New England Patriots’ football games, the Boston Celtics and UConn basketball games, traveling, kayaking, reading, and watching movies. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s in paralegal studies from the University of Bridgeport. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass.

Patricia Wilton isdeputy director in the Civil Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice. Her responsibilities include overseeing the division’s litigation program, representing the state of Louisiana in constitutional challenges and other non-tort civil litigation, and advising and representing state boards and commissions. She appears regularly in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Patricia joined the Department of Justice in 2005, where she has worked in several capabilities including assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Section (2005-2006), assistant attorney general for the Special Litigation Section (2006-2008), and section chief for the Civil Rights Section (2008-2011). Previously, she worked at the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation as a senior claims attorney. Prior to her legal career, Patricia was a feature writer at the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate for three years. She also has extensive experience working at defense insurance practice law firms. Patricia is the attorney general’s designated representative on the Louisiana Law Institute Council and a court appointed special advocate. She is also a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the U.S. 5th Circuit Bar Association. Patricia’s hobbies include reading, music, traveling, playing tennis, knitting, and watching baseball. Patricia received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University and her J.D. from the Paul M. Herbert Law Center, Louisiana State University.

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