Michigan attorney to discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court argument

March 31, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

Joel McGormley, an assistant attorney general in Michigan and chief of the attorney general’s appellate division, will speak Thursday, April 1, at The University of Toledo College of Law about his recent case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

McGormley, a 1999 honors graduate from the UT College of Law, will speak at noon in the Law Center Auditorium as part of the “Day After Series,” which features advocates who recently have argued in the Supreme Court. 

He will discuss his March 29 argument before the Supreme Court as lead advocate in Renico v. Lett, a double jeopardy case under the Fifth Amendment. The Renico case involves the question of when a state trial judge can properly declare a mistrial in response to a jury’s expressed failure to reach a unanimous verdict.

As division chief of the Michigan attorney general’s appellate division, McGormley oversees the handling of all of the state’s habeas corpus litigation in federal district court and the subsequent appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as the criminal appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court for the state’s 56 smallest counties. 

For more information on the free, public event, contact Daniel J. Steinbock, associate dean for academic affairs of The University of Toledo College of Law, at 419.530.4107.

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