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Three Women, 25 Men Set to Argue at Supreme Court in November (2)

Nov. 1, 2019, 5:24 PMUpdated: Nov. 2, 2019, 2:37 PM

Three of the 28 lawyers who’ll argue at the U.S. Supreme Court in November are women, and five of the men who’ll take the podium have already done so this term.

The term kicked off in October with six women arguing, a higher percentage compared to last term, but the November session sees those numbers drop again.

In addition to spotlighting a continuing gender disparity, the session also will feature an argument from a veteran advocate, Ted Olson, on Nov. 12. He’s represented conservative causes in the past, but this time will fight the Trump administration’s effort to undo the Obama-era DACA initiative aimed at sparing deportation of people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Two first-time advocates, Quinn Emanuel’s Derek L. Shaffer and Ryan Park of the North Carolina solicitor general’s office, will square off on Nov. 5 in a copyright controversy involving state immunity and Blackbeard’s pirate ship.

Goldstein & Russell partner and former assistant to the U.S. solicitor general Sarah Harrington will argue Nov. 4 on behalf of Charles Glover, who’s challenging the stop of his pickup truck on Fourth Amendment grounds.

Name partner Tom Goldstein, who has over 20 arguments under his belt, will argue the following day in a maritime case, alongside assistant to the U.S. solicitor general Erica Ross and against Carter Phillips, the longtime advocate who’s making his 88th overall appearance before the justices and his 79th since joining Sidley Austin.

Morgan Ratner, also of the U.S. solicitor general’s office, will argue a race discrimination case on Nov. 13, as will Gibson Dunn’s Miguel Estrada, who already has over 20 arguments, and Berkeley professor Erwin Chemerinsky, making his seventh appearance. University of Texas at Austin law professor Stephen Vladeck will step up to the lectern for the second time, in a cross-border shooting case.

For more on why the gender disparity remains consistent, check out this Cases and Controversies podcast.

(Adds context from last session and last term at paragraph two. Clarifies overall number of arguments by Carter Phillips at paragraph six.)

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