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It has been quite a year for the law firm Consovoy McCarthy Park. Since Will Consovoy and Tom McCarthy, classmates from George Mason University School of Law turned law partners, opened the firm’s doors on September 27, 2014, the firm has grown substantially. “We are thrilled to celebrate this anniversary and are proud of what we have accomplished over the last twelve months,” said McCarthy, who highlights that building a business while providing excellent legal representation requires many different skills. “We have learned a great deal this year and hope to continue building on our momentum.”

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If you’re a former Supreme Court clerk and aspire to a career of traditional success — a Biglaw partnership, a tenured professorship at a leading law school, perhaps a federal judgeship — there’s ample precedent for that. I’ve written before about how SCOTUS clerkships are the golden tickets of the legal profession. But what if you want to take a different path? In recent years, we’ve seen former SCOTUS clerks go off and do interesting, unusual things. Ashley Keller and Travis Lenkner, former clerks to Justice Kennedy, launched a litigation finance firm. Gretchen Rubin, a former clerk to Justice O’Connor, is now a bestselling author. Today’s story falls in between these poles. It concerns a number of former Supreme Court clerks who have left well-feathered nests in Biglaw to do something more entrepreneurial, but still within the practice of law. And it reflects another notable trend: top lawyers leaving top law firms to launch or join boutiques (e.g., MoloLamken, Hueston Hennigan, Tensegrity Law Group, and many more). read more  
  Edward Blum, the mastermind behind successful U.S. Supreme Court challenges to affirmative action and the federal Voting Rights Act, has done it again—this time, in a case that could reshape the way voting districts are drawn nationwide. The court on Tuesday agreed to take another look at its long-standing “one person, one vote” doctrine in a Texas case orchestrated by Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation. Plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott assert that states should be divided into districts based on the number of eligible voters—not the total population. When total population is used, they say, undocumented immigrants and other ineligible voters who live in urban areas are included, giving voters in those districts more relative clout than voters in rural districts.   read more 96_National-Law-Journal-Logo

Ex-Wiley Rein Lawyers Form Appellate Boutique

Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Brief  |  October 7, 2014 Two Wiley Rein partners from the Washington office have left the firm—and they are taking a Supreme Court legal clinic and parts of some high-profile litigation with them. William Consovoy and Thomas McCarthy last week launched the firm Consovoy McCarthy. Among its clients, Consovoy said Monday, will be Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation, who has masterminded and funded legal challenges against affirmative action policies in higher education. read more

Supreme Court 101 in session at high court

By Jessica Gresko  |  February 28, 2012 WASHINGTON — George Mason University law student Matthew Long still has three months of schoolwork before graduation, but this week he and two classmates had a case before the Supreme Court. The group of students is part of a new class dedicated to Supreme Court work at the Fairfax, Va., school. Nationwide, more than half a dozen law schools offer similar courses. The students don’t get to argue the cases. They aren’t even lawyers yet. But students participating in the so-called Supreme Court clinics get do everything else: research issues, draft briefs and consult with the lawyer actually presenting the case to the high court. read more