Emory Law School
Supreme Court Advocacy Project (ELSSCAP)
Since 2010, ELSSCAP has worked on thirteen amicus briefs, including certiorari stage briefs and merits briefs, and ten certiorari petitions.
The Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project (ELSSCAP) is the only student-run Supreme Court litigation project in the United States, producing persuasive petitions for certiorari and amicus briefs in a broad range of practice areas, including administrative law, bankruptcy law, constitutional law, criminal law, and tort law. Students work under the guidance of experienced litigators as they handle all aspects of ELSSCAP's work, giving them a unique opportunity to choose cases, write briefs, and engage in significant issues that merit being heard by the US Supreme Court.
In 2010, the late Professor David J. Bederman and Kedar Bhatia 13L formed the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project to provide students with experience in litigation, research and writing, compliance with court rules, and communication with outside counsel.
Professor Sarah M. Shalf, director of the externship program and a former clerk for the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, is the current supervisor of the program.
The Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project is recognized in the legal community for its many successes.
♦ Justice Breyer, in a dissenting opinion, cited a merits-stage amicus brief ELSSCAP filed in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders on behalf of medical professionals.
♦ In 2012, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in one of ELSSCAP’s cases, Bullock v. BankChampaign N.A., a bankruptcy case regarding the definition of “defalcation.” On May 13, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of ELSSCAP’s client.
♦ National Law Journal recognized ELSSCAP’s public service efforts and profiled the organization for the amicus brief it filed in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders.
♦ ELSSCAP won the International Municipal Lawyer's Association Amicus Service Award for the 2010–11 and 2012–13 school years for its work in representing the organization's interests.