Bancroft Partner Jeffrey Harris Named DC Rising Star

On September 14, 2015, Bancroft partner Jeffrey Harris was named to the LegalTimes’ list of DC’s Rising Stars.  The list, which features “some of the most accomplished young attorneys” in DC, highlights the wide range of clients and cases on which Harris has worked.  Harris, who joined the firm in 2011, states that he especially appreciates how Bancroft allows him to practice “in a culture with zero red tape or bureaucracy.”

Tony Mauro, D.C.’s Rising Stars: Jeffrey Harris, LegalTimes (Sept. 14, 2015).

LinkedIn Names Erin Murphy On Its “Top Professionals 35 and Under” List

On September 8, 2015, LinkedIn named Bancroft partner Erin Murphy one of ten lawyers on its Next Wave list of “top professionals 35 and under.” Describing Murphy as a “young superstar,” the article highlights her successful oral argument in McCutcheon v. FEC and her work on NFIB v. Sebelius and ABC v. Aereo.  An accompanying video features an interview with Murphy in which she discusses the parallels between her background in journalism and practicing appellate law.

LinkedIn, Next Wave: The top professionals 35 and under: Law (Sept. 8, 2015)

National Law Journal Highlights Bancroft’s Rising Supreme Court Clerks

On April 17, 2015, the National Law Journal ran a feature story on Bancroft associates Barbara Grieco, Taylor Meehan, Harker Rhodes, and Ray Tolentino.  All four associates are leaving the firm for prestigious federal clerkships this summer: three at the Supreme Court of the United States (Grieco, Meehan, and Rhodes) and one on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Tolentino).  The article also highlights the impressive work these associates and other Bancroft lawyers have done before the Supreme Court.

Tony Mauro, When Associates Leave Their Jobs to Clerk at the Supreme Court, The National Law Journal (Apr. 17, 2015).

Erin Murphy Named One of the National Law Journal’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers”

On April 15, 2015, Bancroft partner Erin Murphy was named one of The National Law Journal’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers.” The list contains seventy-five “of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.” The article praises Erin’s first appearance in the Supreme Court and highlights other recent appellate victories.

The National Law Journal, Introducing The National Law Journal’s Outstanding Women Lawyers (Apr. 15, 2015)

The National Law Journal, Outstanding Women Lawyers – Erin Murphy (May 4, 2015)

Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

On March 2, 2015, Bancroft attorney Paul D. Clement presented oral argument in the United States Supreme Court in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 13-1314, on behalf of appellant Arizona State Legislature.  Bancroft attorneys George W. Hicks, Jr., Taylor Meehan, and Raymond P. Tolentino assisted with the briefing.  The question presented is whether the Elections Clause of the United States Constitution and 2 U.S.C. § 2a(c) permit the displacement of the Arizona State Legislature’s redistricting authority by an independent commission.  The Court also requested briefing and argument on the question whether the Arizona State Legislature has standing to bring this suit.  Arizona voters passed Proposition 106, which amended the state constitution to remove redistricting authority from the state legislature and place it in the hands of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.  But the Elections Clause provides that the “Times, Places and Manner” of holding congressional elections “shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.”  In a divided decision, a three-judge district court panel held that this displacement of the Arizona Legislature’s redistricting authority does not violate the Elections Clause.  The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision no later than June 2015.

Adam Liptak, Court Skeptical of Arizona Plan for Less-Partisan Congressional Redistricting, The New York Times (Mar. 2, 2015)

Brent Kendall, Supreme Court Skeptical of Arizona Initiative on Congressional Districting, The Wall Street Journal (Mar. 2, 2015)

Lyle Denniston, Literalism vs. the Power of the People, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 2, 2015)

Bancroft Named “Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year in Washington, DC” by Corporate INTL

In February of 2015, Bancroft was named the Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year in Washington, DC, by Corporate INTL.  Corporate INTL awards are “[i]ndependently judged to ensure the very best advisers are chosen for each award category.”  Given Corporate INTL’s readership of “business leaders, investors and advisers globally,” this independent award is a “huge accolade for those firms that are awarded as winners in their specific categories.”

Bancroft Attorneys Steve Potenza and Chris Bartolomucci Help Long Island High School Student Secure Approval of Christian Club

On November 20, 2014, Bancroft attorneys Steve Potenza and Chris Bartolomucci and attorneys from the Liberty Institute helped their client, a sophomore at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, N.Y., secure approval from the Board of Education of the Wantagh Union Free School District for a proposed Christian faith-based club.  After a Wantagh High School official initially asserted that Christian student groups are “illegal” and refused to recognize the proposed Dare to Believe Christian club, Bancroft sent the school district a demand letter challenging the wrongful rejection.  In the letter, Bancroft explained that the Equal Access Act of 1984 provides that once a secondary school such as Wantagh High School allows students to form noncurriculum related clubs that meet on campus, the school must give equal access to, and must not discriminate against, students who wish to form faith-based clubs.  Just days after receiving the letter, the school board approved the club.

Bancroft Demand Letter

Liberty Institute, Dare to Believe Webpage (Nov. 24, 2014)

Fox News Insider, UPDATE: School District Will Allow Student’s Christian Club (Nov. 25, 2014)

Andrew Hackmack, Wantagh OKs Christian club, six others, LI Herald (Nov. 24, 2014)

Bart Jones, Wantagh school district approves sophomore Liz Loverde’s Christian faith-based club, Newsday (Nov. 24, 2014)

Bancroft Partner Erin Murphy Argues Second Amendment Case

On November 17, 2014, Bancroft partner Erin Murphy presented argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the plaintiffs-appellants in Fyock v. Sunnyvale, No. 14-15408.  The case involves a Second Amendment challenge to a Sunnyvale ordinance that flatly prohibits possession of magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.

Howard Mintz, Sunnyvale Gun Law Up in the Air in Federal Appeals Court, San Jose Mercury News (November 17, 2014)

Maria Dinzeo, 9th Circuit Hears Arguments on Ammo Law, Courthouse News Service (November 17, 2014)

Bancroft Partner Paul Clement To Argue His 75th Case Before the Supreme Court

On October 6, 2014, Tony Mauro in Supreme Court Brief noted that Bancroft partner Paul Clement will argue his 75th case before the Supreme Court of the United States on October 8, 2014. Clement represents the appellant in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk.

Tony Mauro, Docket Chat: Clement’s Milestone and a Jones Day Associate’s Debut, Supreme Court Brief (October 6, 2014)

Bancroft Achieves Unanimous Victory in Krys v. Farnum Place, LLC

On September 27, 2014, the AmLaw Litigation Daily discussed the recent unanimous victory by Bancroft partners Paul D. Clement and George W. Hicks, Jr., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Krys v. Farnum Place, LLC (In re: Fairfield Sentry Limited), No. 13-3000. The court’s decision vacated and remanded the district court’s affirmation of the bankruptcy court’s decision and ordered the bankruptcy court to hold a hearing under Section 363 of the bankruptcy code over whether the trade of a claim against the estate of Bernard Madoff continued to be financially justifiable.

Jan Wolfe, Fairfield Liquidator Wins New Chance to Void Madoff Deal, The AmLaw Litigation Daily (September 27, 2014)