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KU law professor calls arguing before High Court memorable, impactful

Source: 
WIBW - Topeka
Author: 
Melissa Brunner
Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2016

"A University of Kansas distinguished law professor has extra reason to be pleased with this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding death sentences for three Kansas men. He helped argue the case.

In addition to his KU role, Stephen McAllister works with Attorney General Derek Schmidt as the state's Solicitor General. McAllister appeared with Schmidt in October before the nation's High Court, arguing the Kansas Supreme Court incorrectly applied federal law in the death penalty cases of Reginald and Jonathan Carr and Sydney Gleason.

McAllister previously argued several other cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and says it is a special experience.

'With nine of them - eight of them who are extremely active during oral arguments - they kind of surround you side to side and they often interrupt you. They interrupt each other," he said. "It's very sort of rapid-paced and the setting is so magnificent. I'm still sort of in awe of it every time I stand up in that courtroom and you feel, I guess in a sense, like you're a little tiny piece of history.'"

Faculty name: 
Stephen McAllister