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Legal Accomplishment: 'Jailhouse lawyer' Wrote Appeal That Got Fellow Inmate's Case To U.S. Supreme Court

Publication Date: 
February 03, 2008
Associated Press

An Associated Press article says Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, is going to argue a Supreme Court case that was originally appealed by a "jailhouse lawyer:"

Oral arguments are scheduled for March. They’ll be handled by Jeff Fisher, a law professor at Stanford University who was appointed to shepherd the case through the U.S. Supreme Court system. Fisher, who also runs Stanford’s Supreme Court clinic, said he has been in touch with Ray and will keep him up to date on developments.

“It’s terrific that he was able to help Mr. Burgess,” said Fisher, who couldn’t recall another appeal written by a jailhouse lawyer for another inmate getting this far in the court system.