July 2, 2014
The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies played a behind-the-scenes supporting role in twelve significant Supreme Court cases this term advancing limited government, religious freedom, and property rights—and the parties Heritage worked with won in all 12 cases.
Heritage assisted in several ways, including helping the litigants solicit amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs from other interested parties or hosting moot court practice sessions for the oral advocates prior to their Supreme Court arguments.
Jordan Lorence, the Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, recently explained Heritage’s crucial role:
Preparing attorneys for their important oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court is one of the significant things done by Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. These practice sessions (called, “moot courts”) at Heritage have become over the years a must stop for anyone arguing a case before the Supreme Court promoting limited government, ordered liberty and a proper interpretation of the Constitution. . . . Because Heritage understands how the Supreme Court works, they can help others with their important cases there. The work of Heritage setting up moot courts and amicus coordination may not be prominent, but it is important, and it has been making a difference at the Supreme Court since 1994.
What do you think of the Supreme Court’s decisions this year?