After drafting and successfully filing a brief amicus curiae for the U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Castleman,
Mary Armistead '14 and Jamie Dughi '15 have been invited by the Supreme
Court Marshal’s Office to travel to Washington, D.C., to observe oral
arguments on Jan. 15, 2014.
With the assistance of Professor Sarah Rogerson and Professor Ray Brescia,
the two students completed the brief on behalf of the New York State
Association of Chiefs of Police through their work as student interns in
the Family Violence Litigation Clinic and Immigration Project.
Their work presents a public safety argument for restricting abusers’
access to firearms by highlighting the connection between domestic
violence, firearms and police officer safety.
At issue in United States v. Castleman is whether or not
the respondent’s conviction in Tennessee for misdemeanor domestic
assault by intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to the
mother of his child qualifies as a conviction for a “misdemeanor crime
of domestic violence.” The case has significant implications for federal
gun restrictions for abusers convicted of misdemeanor domestic
violence. It also impacts hiring standards for police chiefs, who
currently have the discretion to exclude convicted applicants from the
Professor Rogerson and Professor Brescia
served as counsel of record and collaborated with the students on the
brief, providing in-depth feedback on the drafts and coordinating the
logistics and procedural details.