Supreme Court victor to visit College of Law to discuss experience

March 14, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Jon Strunk



One of the youngest attorneys to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, Cleveland lawyer David E. Mills will discuss his experiences and his client’s recent 9-0 victory at The University of Toledo’s College of Law Tuesday, March 15, at 11:45 a.m. in the Law Center Auditorium.

Mills, 34, a solo practitioner, argued on behalf of a petitioner who was awarded $625,000 by a jury verdict, which was subsequently thrown out by an appeals court. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the award should be reinstated. The case was Ortiz v. Jordan.

“Mr. Mills’ story is incredibly compelling,” said Daniel Steinbock, interim dean of the College of Law. “Students, faculty and the community will have the opportunity to hear of how a young lawyer just starting in his own practice took on a sympathetic case that reached the nation’s highest court. They will learn how he prepared for the argument, what that experience was like, and how it felt to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Mills’ visit is part of the College of Law’s “Day After” Speaker Series, in which attorneys who have recently argued before the Supreme Court are invited to the College of Law.

In recent years, the College of Law has welcomed lawyers representing clients in high-profile Supreme Court cases involving issues such as the constitutional basis for Miranda warnings, the constitutionality of a municipal ban on hand guns, and the constitutionality of school voucher programs.

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