Supreme Court correspondent
Legal Times and American Lawyer Media
Tony Mauro has covered the Supreme Court and legal affairs for USA TODAY and Gannett News Service for the last 22 years. For the last 14 years, he has also written a regular column for Legal Times and the American Lawyer chain of newspapers. Born in New York, Mauro holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University, and a master's degree from the Columbia
University Graduate School of Journalism.
He is a contributing (chapter) author to three books: A Year in the Life of the Supreme Court, which received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, Reason and Passion, a tribute to Justice William Brennan Jr., and The Burger Court, edited by Bernard Schwartz. Mauro also serves on the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and is a longtime member of the American Bar Association Conference Group of Lawyers and Representatives of the News Media.
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering LLP
Seth Waxman specializes in Supreme Court, appellate, and complex trial litigation; government investigations; and advising clients with multifaceted legal and public policy challenges.
Before joining the firm in 2001, Mr. Waxman served as the 41st Solicitor General of the United States, from 1997 until January 2001. (The Solicitor General, often called the "Tenth Justice," represents the United States in the Supreme Court and is the government's principal litigation strategist.) Previously, Mr. Waxman served in several other senior positions in the United States government, including Acting Deputy Attorney General. Before entering government service in 1994, Mr. Waxman practiced law for 17 years in Washington, D.C. Mr. Waxman has also taught both at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Waxman has argued 35 cases in the Supreme Court and has tried and argued dozens of other high-profile, complex civil and criminal cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country. Widely considered to be among the country's premier oral advocates, he has received substantial professional recognition, including the Department of Justice's Edmund J. Randolph Award, the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law from the University of Virginia, the Benjamin J. Cardozo Certificate of Merit from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Pursuit of Justice Award from the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Mr. Waxman has also been named a permanent Honorary Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in recognition of his exceptional service to law enforcement.
Mr. Waxman has represented dozens of international corporations and corporate officers and directors; senior federal and state government officials, including a former President of the United States; Members of Congress; judges; lawyers; physicians; and other professionals. His current and recent corporate clients include: PepsiCo, Intel, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Monsanto Company, CIGNA, Yale University, Household International, Citigroup, Lockheed Martin, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company. He also represents several state agencies, two Indian tribes, the Congressionally-created Commission to Review the United States Olympic Committee, and Senator John McCain and the other congressional sponsors of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation.
Mr. Waxman is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a former Rockefeller Fellow. He received his law degree from the Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. Before commencing the practice of law, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Waxman lectures and writes frequently on topics relating to appellate and trial litigation, constitutional history and doctrine, the First Amendment, intellectual property, and the Supreme Court. He serves as Distinguished Visitor from Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center and is a director and fellow of several educational and cultural institutions, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute, the Supreme Court Institute, the Supreme Court Historical Society, and Legal Affairs magazine.
Jenner & Block LLC
Paul M. Smith is the Managing Partner of Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Smith is also Co-Chair of the Firm's Appellate and Supreme Court, and Media and First Amendment Practices.
Mr. Smith has had an active Supreme Court practice for two decades, including oral arguments in nine Supreme Court cases. These arguments have included, most recently, Lawrence v. Texas, involving the constitutionality of the Texas sodomy statute, United States v. American Library Ass'n, involving a First Amendment challenge to the Children¿s Internet Protection Act and Mathias v. WorldCom (2001), dealing with the Eleventh Amendment immunity of state commissions. His first argument was in Celotox Corp. v. Catrett in 1986. Mr. Smith represented a group of congressional interveners in Department of Commerce v. U.S. House of Representatives, involving the constitutionality of "sampling" and the census. He also worked extensively on several other First Amendment cases in the Supreme Court, including Rubin v. Coors (1995), dealing with restrictions on beer labeling, Reno v. ACLU (1997), involving a challenge to content restrictions for the Internet in the Communications Decency Act, and Masson v. New Yorker Magazine, Inc. (1991), a significant defamation case.
Mr. Smith also represents various clients in trial and appellate cases involving commercial and telecommunications issues, the First Amendment, intellectual property, antitrust, and redistricting and voting rights, among other areas. His recent trial work has included several cases involving congressional redistricting as well as the trial in the American Library Ass'n. case that ultimately went to the Supreme Court.
Before coming to Jenner & Block in 1994, Mr. Smith practiced for 13 years in Washington, D.C. with the firms of Onek, Klein & Farr and Klein, Farr, Smith & Taranto.
Mr. Smith graduated in 1976 from Amherst College and received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. The following year, Mr. Smith was a law clerk to Judge James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1980-81, Mr. Smith was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
Mr. Smith is a current member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar. He is also a long-standing Board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers and served as President of that organization in 1990-91. Mr. Smith was a member of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar Litigation Section from 1998 to 2001 and is a Trustee of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Maureen Mahoney is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, and leads the firm's appellate and constitutional practice. Ms. Mahoney originally joined the firm in 1980, but left in 1991 to accept an appointment as a United States Deputy Solicitor General. During her tenure in the Solicitor General's Office, President Bush nominated Ms. Mahoney to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but the Senate did not act on her nomination prior to the election. Ms. Mahoney returned to the partnership of Latham & Watkins in 1993.
Ms. Mahoney has handled a broad range of constitutional and appellate litigation in the Supreme Court and other courts throughout the country, representing clients as varied as the United States House of Representatives, Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Government of Saudi Arabia. She represented the University of Michigan Law School before the Supreme Court this past term and won the landmark case upholding the constitutionality of admissions programs that consider race as one of many factors in order to attain the educational benefits of a diverse student body. The Legal Times reported that this ruling was a "personal win" for Ms. Mahoney and called her "a skilled appellate advocate, unruffled and poised."
Ms. Mahoney argued her first case before the Supreme Court in 1988, when the Court especially selected her to argue a case. She won the case in a 5-4 decision, and the American Lawyer reported that "[h]er presentation was so well-schooled, poised, and disciplined that, according to one justice, the justices passed notes among themselves during the argument praising Mahoney and asking questions about her background." In 1993, Ms. Mahoney successfully defended a highly publicized challenge to U.S. immigration policies. The American Lawyer reported that Ms. Mahoney used "forensic magic" in the argument, and David Broder's Washington Post column called her argument "superb." Ms. Mahoney also represented the House of Representatives in its successful Supreme Court challenge to the Commerce Department's plans for the use of sampling in the 2000 census.
Ms. Mahoney is also a frequent commentator on appellate advocacy and Supreme Court litigation. She was twice selected by the ABA to present the model argument at its appellate advocacy seminars, and has been featured on numerous network television programs. Ms. Mahoney was appointed by the Chief Justice to serve as the Chair of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission. She is a Trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society and also served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Procedures for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Mahoney is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal recently identified her as one of America's top 50 women litigators.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Mahoney served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Rehnquist (then Associate Justice) and Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Sprecher (deceased).
Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S.
Roy T.Englert Jr.
Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner LLP
Roy T. Englert, Jr. is an appellate litigator and antitrust lawyer. Roy served in the Office of the Solicitor General from 1986 to 1989 and more recently was a partner in the Washington office of Mayer, Brown & Platt. Roy has argued fourteen cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous cases in the lower appellate courts. Roy was the only lawyer in private practice who participated in a majority of the Supreme Court's antitrust cases during the 1990s, and his other recent appellate litigation has been in such disparate fields as milk regulation, racketeering law (RICO), employment discrimination, bankruptcy, ERISA, regulation of transportation industries, and still more antitrust. Roy has written and spoken about techniques of appellate advocacy and about substantive issues of antitrust, bankruptcy, civil procedure, constitutional law, and employment discrimination. Roy received an A.B. in mathematics in 1978 from Princeton University and received a J.D., cum laude, in 1981 from Harvard Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Immediately after law school, Roy was a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Roy currently serves as an adjunct professor working with the Appellate Litigation Clinic of the Georgetown University Law Center.