George Mason University recently announced that this fall it will offer a Supreme Court Clinic to students, with the assistance of Wiley Rein LLP, a Washington D.C. law firm. The partnership between Wiley Rein and George Mason will allow the clinic to provide pro bono legal representation before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Students who take part in the year-long clinic will work with Wiley Rein attorneys to identify cases of interest, research issues and draft briefs on behalf of parties and amici at both the certiorari and merits stages.
At the helm of the clinic will be directors William S. Consovoy and Thomas R. McCarthy, both lawyers in Wiley Rein’s Appellate Group and both George Mason grads. Consovoy worked as a clerk for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and on the Fifth Circuit, while McCarthy served as a clerk on the D.C. Circuit and in federal district court in North Carolina.
Additional components of the clinic for students will include: classroom instruction, analysis of federal and state appellate decisions for possible litigation opportunities, and attendance at least one Supreme Court argument per term.