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Members of UT Law's Supreme Court Clinic stand in front of the United States Supreme Court after oral arguments in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida on October 1, 2012. Pictured from left to right are Ralph Mayrell, Josh Packman, Alese Bagdol, David Frederick, Michael Sturley, Jill Carvalho, Tyson Lies, Jonathan Levy, Collin White, and Ross Macdonald. (The United States Supreme Court’s iconic facade is currently under renovation. A scrim featuring a full-size photograph of the Court hangs in front of the scaffolding as work continues.)

Oral Arguments in Supreme Court Clinic case Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida heard Monday, October 1, 2012

Faculty and eight students from the University of Texas School of Law’s Supreme Court Clinic will travel to Washington, D.C., to hear oral arguments in one of their current cases, Fane Lozman v. The City of Riviera Beach, Florida, on Monday, October 1, 2012, the opening of the United States Supreme Court’s current term. The case will be argued by David C. Frederick, ’89, codirector of the Supreme Court Clinic and partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC, in Washington, D.C. This will be Frederick’s thirty-eighth argument before the Court.


Adjunct Professor David C. Frederick, '89; Leroy G. Denman Jr. Regents Professor Lynn Blais; and Michael Sturley, Fannie Coplin Regents Chair.

Supreme Court Clinic wins unanimous decision at U.S. Supreme Court in Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid

The University of Texas School of Law’s Supreme Court Clinic won a unanimous victory on January 11, 2012, in Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid, a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court by Clinic Codirector David C. Frederick, ’89. The Clinic was representing Luisa C. Valladolid, whose husband was killed in a forklift accident at a site owned by his employer, Pacific Operators Offshore LLP. At issue was whether she was entitled to state workers’ compensation benefits under California law or federal benefits under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.


Best Adversaries

Lisa Blatt and David Frederick are good friends from their days at UT Law who still cross paths every once in a while. That in itself is not unusual. Every Law School graduate has had the experience of running into fellow alumni in court, in social settings, or even in the grocery store. For Blatt and Frederick, however, the venue is somewhat more august—before the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. The two have faced off against each other there three times, including twice in the recent 2010–2011 session.