On March 2, 2022, partner Sarah Harris argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Erik Egbert in Egbert v. Boule. The question presented was whether the Constitution provides an implied right to sue federal officers for money damages over retaliation in violation of the First Amendment or Fourth Amendment when the officer performs immigration-related functions. This case marks Sarah’s third time arguing before the Supreme Court. Last Term, Sarah argued Salinas v. U.S. Railroad Retirement Board and Carr v. Saul, and her clients prevailed in both.*
Sarah, a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, is the third Williams & Connolly partner to argue in the Supreme Court this Term. Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice group leader Lisa Blatt argued Badgerow v. Walters in November 2021. And partner Luke McCloud, a former law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh, made his first Supreme Court appearance in Concepcion v. United States in January 2022. Sarah is also one of three Williams & Connolly partners to make her first Supreme Court appearance in the last two Terms. In addition to Sarah and Luke, partner Amy Saharia, a former clerk to Justice Sotomayor, argued Sanchez v. Mayorkas last year. As Lisa and Sarah have previously told Law360, Williams & Connolly’s appellate practice prides itself on its oral argument pipeline for the next generation of legal talent. Sarah’s argument this week continues that trend.
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* All cases vary and none is predictive.