CBA at the Supreme Court of the United States

Written Thursday, May 24, 2018

On May 21, 33 CBA members were sworn into the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. The event was organized by YLS Executive Committee members Suphi Philip and Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore.

Past YLS chair and current ABA YLD Chair Dana Hrelic presented the motion to admit the CBA members to the Court. Chief Justice John Roberts admitted the group, who then took the oath, swearing to protect the Constitution.

Prior to their admission, the group heard Justice Neil Gorsuch deliver the majority opinion in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, a labor and employment law case. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg then spoke for the four dissenters. Justice Gorsuch also provided the majority opinion in Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundren et vir.

Prompted by a letter of invitation from Suphi Philip, the group had the additional good fortune of a private visit from Justice Ginsburg. She took a photo with the attorneys and answered questions. When asked about her favorite case, Justice Ginsburg replied that she has no favorites and that an answer would be like picking her favorite granchild; however, she did mention that one such case would be United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996), which struck down the male-only admission policy of the Virginia Military Institute. She stated that the head of the school informed her that the decision has resulted in a more competitive admissions pool.

When asked about her March interview and workout with Stephen Colbert, she retorted, "Stephen Colbert does pushups on his knees." In response to a request for advice, she quoted from the musical Carousel, "When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high," adding, "And don't be afraid of the dark."

Following the morning at the Court, the group assembled for brunch and heard comments on the emoluments clause of the Constitution from Sam Simon, chief counsel to US Senator Richard Blumenthal.

 CBA Members Sworn In to the United States Supreme Court

• Brian Ajodhi
• Linda Bulkovitch
• Agnes Cahill
• Logan Carducci
• Cindy Cieslak
• Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore
• Garnet DaCosta
• Joshua Devine
• Kathleen Dion
• Garlinck Dumont
• John Fries
• Carolyn Futtner
• James Haines
• Eric Hard
• Suzanne Hard
• Daniel Hunsberger
• Uswah Khan

• Bonnie Kumiega
• Trent LaLima
• Andrew Marchant-Shapiro
• David McGrath
• Jeffrey McGregor
• Lauren McNair
• Tony Miodonka
• Hilary Nelson
• Nicholas Ouellette
• Suphi Philip
• Adrienne Roach
• Amanda Schreiber
• Aidan Welsh
• Kristen Wolf
• Stephen Yost
• Jeffrey Zyjeski