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Co-Director of Mason's Supreme Court Clinic To Argue Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

On April 20, Adjunct Professor and Co-Director of the Mason Law Supreme Court Clinic Thomas McCarthy will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the State of North Dakota. The Supreme Court Clinic is representing North Dakota in two of three consolidated cases involving whether a State can condition the use of public roads on consent to take a blood-alcohol test upon being arrested for drunk driving and enforce those conditions with criminal penalties.

Thomas McCarthy
Professor Thomas McCarthy

Also representing North Dakota are Adjunct Professors William Consovoy, Michael Park, Patrick Strawbridge, Michael Connolly, and Bryan Weir. Law students from the Clinic who assisted with the State's brief are Meggan Dewitt, Manmeet Dhindsa, Rod Harrell, Christopher Douglas Harris, Morgan Pankow, and Matthew Tully. In addition, the entire Clinic is assisting in preparing for oral argument.

The Supreme Court Clinic, led by attorneys at Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC, provides pro bono legal representation before the United States Supreme Court. The year-long clinic provides George Mason law students with the opportunity to work closely with experienced 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 cases are Birchfield v. North Dakota and Beylund v. Levi. A decision from the Supreme Court is expected by late June.

Read the Clinic's Birchfield brief here.