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Wiley Rein to Partner with Mason Law in Launch of Supreme Court Clinic

William Consovoy Thomas McCarthyIn the Fall of 2011, George Mason University School of Law, in partnership with Wiley Rein LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm, will launch a Supreme Court Clinic to provide pro bono legal representation before the United States Supreme Court. The year-long clinic will provide George Mason law students with the opportunity to work closely with Wiley Rein attorneys to identify cases of interest, research legal issues, and draft Supreme Court briefs on behalf of parties and amici at both the certiorari and merits stages.

The Supreme Court Clinic will be directed by William S. Consovoy (photo top, far left) and Thomas R. McCarthy (photo top, near left). Consovoy and McCarthy are lawyers in Wiley Rein's Appellate Group and both are 2001 graduates of George Mason University School of Law. Consovoy previously clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court and Chief Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. McCarthy previously clerked for Chief Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Frank W. Bullock Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

"We are very pleased to partner with such a highly regarded firm as Wiley Rein on the Supreme Court Clinic," says Dean Daniel D. Polsby. "Our students eagerly seek field experiences, and this program will give them new opportunities to observe and participate in the business of the highest court in the land."

"We are excited about the Clinic and for the opportunity our appellate lawyers will have to work with George Mason students on Supreme Court cases," says Richard E. Wiley, managing partner of Wiley Rein. "The Clinic continues our strong tradition of pro bono service. At the same time, it will increase our presence at the Supreme Court and thus is a great addition to our already prolific appellate practice."

Wiley Rein's appellate practice is co-chaired by former Supreme Court clerks Andrew G. McBride and Helgi C. Walker and includes a deep bench of appellate lawyers and former judicial clerks. The clinic also will be an invaluable contribution to George Mason University School of Law, as it will expose students to one of the most intellectually challenging areas of the law—Supreme Court advocacy. In addition to working with Wiley Rein attorneys on Supreme Court cases, students accepted into the clinic will receive classroom instruction, analyze federal and state appellate decisions for possible litigation opportunities, and attend at least one Supreme Court argument per term. The clinic will be a two-semester course and will include approximately 12 to 15 students per year.

On Wednesday, March 30, the law school will hold an information session about the clinic for interested students in Hazel Hall, Room 329, at 5 p.m.