October 29, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a petition by Professors Stuart Banner and Eugene Volokh and UCLA Law’s Supreme Court Clinic and added Heffernan v. City of Paterson to its docket for its current term. Banner and Volokh, along with students in the clinic, drafted and filed a petition for certiorari in April and a reply brief in July. The case addresses whether the First Amendment bars the government from demoting a public employee based on a supervisor’s perception that the employee supports a political candidate.
Additionally, the U.S. Supreme Court also granted a second petition by Professor Banner and UCLA Law’s Supreme Court Clinic in Utah v. Strieff, a case the Court will hear during its current term. Banner and clinic students filed a brief in June in opposition on whether evidence seized incident to an arrest on an outstanding warrant must be suppressed when the warrant was discovered during an unlawful stop.
The UCLA School of Law Supreme Court Clinic, led by Professor Banner, was launched in 2011 to offer students the opportunity to work on cases before the Supreme Court. A list of the clinic’s cases can be found here.