Marble Palace Blog: Celebrated as a Top SCOTUS Advocate, Lisa Blatt Laments ‘Appalling Disparity’ Among Lawyers Before the Court

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Georgetown University Regulation Center’s Supreme Courtroom Institute experienced considerably to celebrate at its yearly “End of Phrase Reception” on Wednesday, just hrs right after the final U.S. Supreme Courtroom oral argument of the existing term.

Soon after two many years of skipping the occasion because of the pandemic, the institute opened the school’s doorways to dozens of SCOTUS advocates for what is at times referred to as the “prom party” of the Supreme Courtroom bar. It was the 20th this kind of reception considering that the institute launched in 1999. Justice Brett Kavanaugh attended on Wednesday, as did Solicitor Common Elizabeth Prelogar.

The institute presented moot courtroom periods for 100% of the oral arguments in the existing expression, claimed Debbie Shrager, director of the institute. More than 300 voluntary panelists served legal professionals about to argue ahead of the courtroom deal with what Shrager referred to as “the artwork of moot.”

But the primary party was a tribute to Williams & Connolly associate Lisa Blatt, who has argued extra Supreme Court docket instances than any other lady, and argued them well. Previous solicitor normal Paul Clement, who worked with Blatt, stated on Wednesday, “She has argued a lot more conditions than any other female advocate by a significant margin.” He extra, “To this day, Lisa has only discovered 5 instances out of the 42 that she has argued in which she could not persuade the justices to see issues her way.” Clement, a husband or wife with Kirkland & Ellis, has argued 110 Supreme Court docket situations.

When Blatt rose to thank the viewers for the celebration, she first thanked the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for whom she clerked when Ginsburg was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“She showed me that, despite the fact that I will hardly ever get to it, I should really at minimum strive for perfection,” Blatt explained. “She also showed me that I didn’t have to dress like all people else and that it was okay to be liberal and to continue to enjoy conservatives.”

She also spoke about Williams & Connolly, wherever she has labored in two stints, and about the dearth of variety between Supreme Courtroom advocates in typical:

“When I returned to Williams & Connolly 3 several years back, I also learned that practising regulation is not about how more youthful colleagues can assistance you, but how you can help your youthful colleagues. This lesson has taken on added importance specified the appalling disparity among the male, female, and black oral advocates ahead of the court. As significantly as I can inform, only two black males from private observe have argued given that 2003 and just one of them, the excellent John Payton handed absent 10 years in the past. The other one, Luke McCloud, experienced not even argued in any courtroom before I acquired to Williams & Connolly. The quantities will not modify except we act alternatively of just communicate. It are not able to be that Luke is the only dwelling celebrity advocate at a law organization, who occurs to be a black lawyer.”

McCloud, a spouse at Williams & Connolly, argued for the initial time in advance of the higher court docket on January 19 of this yr. He was a former clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and to Brett Kavanaugh when he was on the D.C. Circuit.

Correction: This story has been current to correct a quote from Lisa Blatt.

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