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The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) files amicus curiae briefs in support of state and local governments in the U.S. Supreme Court, conducts moot courts for attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and provides other assistance to States and local governments in connection with Supreme Court litigation. 

SLLC Cases Recently Decided

Birchfield v. North Dakota 

States may criminalize an arrestee’s refusal to take a warrantless breath test (Summary

United States Army Corp of Engineers v. Hawkes

A court may review an Army Corp of Engineers approved jurisdictional determination that property contains “waters of the United States” (Summary)  

Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey

A public employer violates the First Amendment when it acts on a mistaken belief that an employee engaged in First Amendment protected political activity (Summary)  

Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt

A state court apply a damages cap, which applies to the state, to foreign states and local governments sued in its court (Summary)  

Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing

Maryland’s program which guarantees a power plant generator a contractual rate rather than the “clearing price” wholesale rate set at a federally-approved capacity auction is preempted by the Federal Power Act (Summary

Luis v. United States

The Sixth Amendment right to counsel includes allowing a criminal defendant to use untainted substitute assets to hire an attorney (Summary)  

Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

ERISA preempt a Vermont statute requiring health insurance companies to report claims data to the state (Summary

SLLC Briefs Recently Filed

Murr v. Wisconsin 

Are merger provisions unconstitutional takings? (Summary)