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Supreme Court Fellows Arrive at NAAG for Fall 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 through mid-December:

Thomas E. Madden is senior assistant attorney general in the Criminal Justice Section, Capital Crimes Unit of the Ohio Attorney General�s Office. Since December 2005, he has defended death penalty appeals in all stages before federal courts and assists county prosecutors in various phases of death penalty prosecutions, clemencies, and appeals. Tom argues regularly before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Before his current position, Tom was assistant attorney general in the Ohio AG office�s Health and Human Services Section, bringing charges against chiropractors, doctors, and other healthcare providers for breaching Ohio�s regulations and laws. He also previously worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Fayette County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Tom earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.A. from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky.

In his spare time, Tom plays pitch-and-catch, goes fishing, hikes, or takes horse-back riding with his rather rambunctious sons, Paul Kelley and Patrick.

José A. Zelidón-Zepeda is deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice. He defends state employees in civil rights actions in state and federal court. José has extensive law and motion practice in individual and class action litigation. He has handled appeals in state and federal court, including 10 oral arguments. Prior to his current position, Jose served as a staff attorney in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He reviewed counseled appeals for timeliness and jurisdiction, and analyzed substantive and procedural motions in a wide range of cases, including criminal, immigration, habeas corpus and civil litigation. More recently, he also helped draft a multistate amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States, No. 11-182.

José earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from the University of California at Davis and his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

When he�s not working, José likes to read, and is currently preparing to run his first marathon.

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