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Jeffrey Fisher, Leading U.S. Supreme Court Litigator, Joins the Stanford Law School Faculty

Publication Date: 
July 20, 2006
Stanford Law School

Jeffrey Fisher, Leading U.S. Supreme Court Litigator, Joins the Stanford Law School Faculty

Stanford Law School Announces Jeffrey Fisher's Appointment to Law School Faculty as Co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Stanford Law School has announced that Jeffrey Fisher, a highly respected Supreme Court litigator who has argued several major criminal procedure cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, will join the Stanford faculty as co-director of Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

"It's tremendously exciting that Jeff will be joining us at Stanford and in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic," said Professor Pamela Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, and Associate Dean for Research and Academics. "From the work we've already done together in the clinic this past year, it's clear that Jeff is that rare blend of a great appellate litigator who's also a marvelous clinical teacher."

"My goal in joining the law school's Supreme Court clinic is to build on the success the clinic already has, to help solidify the clinic as an institution that is going to be a strong and lasting public interest advocate in the Court for years to come," stated Fisher.

In 2004, Lawyers Weekly USA named Fisher as a Lawyer of the Year. In 2005, National Law Journal named him one of ten lawyers of "special note" in their "40 Under 40". And in 2006 National Law Journal named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. Significant cases of Fisher's include Blakely v. Washington in which he persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court that the Sixth Amendment right to jury trial applies to sentencing guidelines; Crawford v. Washington, in which he convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to establish a new approach to the Confrontation Clause; and United States v. Gonzalez-Lopez, in which he successfully argued that a criminal defendant's conviction should be overturned if the defendant is denied his/her Sixth Amendment right to counsel of choice. Fisher has worked on over two dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with a particular focus on constitutional issues in the areas of criminal procedure and the First Amendment. He joins the law school faculty from the national law firm of Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP with which he remains affiliated as co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group.

"At its best, clinical education bridges theory and practice, but it takes gifted teachers to do it well," said Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. "We're thrilled that Jeff is joining our faculty because he is exactly the right kind of lawyer and educator: a brilliant advocate capable of thinking broadly about law and showing students how to turn their insights into winning legal arguments."

About Jeffrey Fisher

In 1992, Fisher graduated cum laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with a BA in English. He attended the University of Michigan School of Law and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 1997. Fisher served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1999, Fisher joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, Washington. Fisher offers his services pro bono to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of which he is co-chair of the Amicus Committee and of the Supreme Court Oral Argument Committee.

About Stanford Legal Clinic Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

The Supreme Court Litigation Clinic was launched at Stanford Law School in January 2004 to teach students this highly specialized form of appellate litigation, as well as to give them intensive instruction in legal writing and working as a team. The clinic is one of Stanford Law School's nine educational law clinics, which function in a manner akin to a law firm and focus solely on pro bono cases. Students in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic participate in drafting cert. petitions, oppositions to cert. petitions, merits briefs, and amicus briefs. They comment on drafts of briefs being filed by lawyers in other cases and help prepare advocates for their oral arguments through moot courts. Since its founding, the clinic has worked on more than two dozen Supreme Court cases, including sixteen merits cases.

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation's leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, and write books and articles for academic audiences, as well as the popular press. Along with offering traditional law school classes, the school has embraced new subjects and new ways of teaching.