Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic


David A. Strauss
Sarah Konsky

Jenner & Block Co-Director

Matthew S. Hellman

The Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts.

Students gain in-depth, hands-on experience in U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate cases, under the supervision of faculty members and members of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice group at Jenner & Block. Students work on all aspects of the clinic’s cases – from formulating case strategy; to researching and writing merits briefs, amicus curiae briefs, and petitions for certiorari; to preparing for oral arguments. Students also conduct research on cases that may be suitable to bring to the U.S. Supreme Court.

During the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court Term, the clinic represented parties in three U.S. Supreme Court cases and represented amicus curiae in two U.S. Supreme Court cases:

  • Manuel v. City of Joliet, co-counsel for Respondent City of Joliet;
  • Honeycutt v. United States, co-counsel for Petitioner Terry M. Honeycutt;
  • Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, co-counsel for Petitioner Charles R. Kokesh;
  • Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Association of Federal Defenders; and
  • Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, amicus curiae brief on behalf of 118 members of the United States Congress.

The clinic also filed two petitions for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2016 Term.

Although the clinic’s primary focus is the U.S. Supreme Court, the clinic may also handle cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court, and other appellate courts. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the clinic represented a defendant-appellant in a direct appeal of a criminal case to the Seventh Circuit.

U.S. Supreme Court: Theory and Practice (LAWS 50311) is a co-requisite for 2L’s and 3L’s participating in the clinic. Academic credit for the clinic varies and is awarded according to the Law School's general criteria for clinical courses as described in the Law School Announcements and by the approval of the clinical faculty.