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For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2013
Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053; firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilwoman Lauritano admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar
By night, Sheri Lauritano represents the citizens of Goodyear as a City Council member, attending meetings and helping steer projects that will spur future growth in the city.
By day, Lauritano is a criminal and family law attorney, arguing some of the high-profile cases around the Valley in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Lauritano, who has been practicing law for nearly 20 years and has served on Goodyear City Council since 2010, recently achieved the highest level of the legal practice, earning admission to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. The admission, which is a selective process, puts her on a list of attorneys who can argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the nation’s Capitol.
“I applied as it is an honor to be able to practice in front of the highest court,” Councilwoman Lauritano said. “I have always loved Constitutional Law especially as it applies to the areas of criminal law. This is a very fascinating area of the law.”
“I would love to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, especially on how some of the Constitutional provisions may relate to technology,” added Councilmember Lauritano.
For the selection, Lauritano appeared before the 9 justices on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court as a member of the Gonzaga University School of Law, becoming one of about 1,300 attorneys personally seeking admission to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Lauritano fulfilled the requirements for admission by practicing law a minimum of three years in Arizona with a certification to practice before the Arizona Supreme Court. She also fulfilled the requirement of sponsorship by two Arizona attorneys who are in good standing with the U.S. Supreme Court Bar – John Hanrahan and Larry Kazan, said Perry Thompson, Director of Attorney Admissions for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Overall about 7,300 lawyers apply to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar every year with slightly less than 5,000 being selected to argue cases during a term of the court, which runs from October 1 through June 30. Attorney Jason Scronik of Phoenix, who also appeared as a member of the Gonzaga University School of Law, was the only other attorney from Arizona who was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar for this term, Thompson said.
“It’s rather a selective process,” Thompson said of Lauritano’s appointment. “The admission to this court is perpetual which allows certified attorneys to represent cases through the trial level to the appellate procedure.”
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