FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2014
For More Information, contact:
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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ALABAMA AG OFFICE HONORED WITH AWARD
FOR BEST BRIEF TO U.S. SUPREME COURT
(MONTGOMERY) – The National Association of Attorneys General has
honored the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange with its Best Brief Award.
The award is presented to recognize excellence in brief writing by state attorneys
to the United States Supreme Court, and is judged by a panel of leading
members of the Supreme Court Bar.
The brief was in the case of Lane v. Franks and was written by Solicitor
General Andrew L. Brasher along with Assistant Solicitor General Megan A.
Kirkpatrick. In this case, Attorney General Strange personally argued to the U.S.
Supreme Court for the First Amendment protection of public employees who act
as whistleblowers and testify to expose public corruption.
“I am proud of the outstanding work performed by Andrew Brasher and
Megan Kirkpatrick on behalf of the State of Alabama,” said Attorney General
Strange. “The Office of Attorney General is honored by the continuing national
recognition of superior legal performances by our attorneys.”
The Alabama Attorney General’s Office has a long history of success with
the NAAG Best Brief award. In 2002, former Attorney General (and current
Federal Judge) William H. Pryor created the position of Alabama Solicitor
General to focus on the office’s work in the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the 10
years since then, the office has won 11 Best Brief awards. Previous Solicitors
General on those briefs were Birmingham attorney John Neiman (two), Special
Deputy Attorney General Corey Maze (three), Birmingham attorney Kevin
Newsom (four), and current U.S. Department of Justice official Nate Forrester
This year’s best brief awards were announced yesterday at the Summer
Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General and will be presented
at the Solicitor General seminar in July.
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