Jenner & Block

Partner Michael Scodro Argues Case before the US Supreme Court

Jenner & Block Partner Michael A. Scodro is leading a team of firm lawyers representing the City of Joliet in a case before the US Supreme Court.  The case of Elijah Manuel v. City of Joliet, Illinois, et al focuses on Mr. Manuel’s claim of malicious prosecution under the Fourth Amendment.  The case involves, among other issues, the claim’s accrual date under this Fourth Amendment theory.  This was the third appearance before the Court for Mr. Scodro, who argued his first two cases while serving as the solicitor general for the state of Illinois.  The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin wrote an article (subscription required) about the arguments before the Court.  Mr. Scodro was quoted, describing the training involved in appearing before the Court:  “You go through this process of bouncing ideas – trying to predict any conceivable angle of interest,” he said.  Given the nuances of this case, he added, “you can imagine how many of those we thought there are.”

Other members of the team representing Joliet include Partner Matthew S. Hellman, Special Counsel Clifford W. Berlow, and Associates Erica Ross, Zachary C. Schauf. Briana T. Sprick Schuster and Christopher M. Sheehan.   Further, David A. Strauss and Sarah M. Konsky, who work with the firm’s new Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, were involved with the case.