Trent McCotter will serve as Director of Clinical and Academic Programs at the Gray Center as well as director of the clinic, which will operate under the supervision of Professor Mascott, who teaches substantive courses in constitutional law, separation of powers, federal courts, and administrative law at the law school.
The clinic will provide practical instruction to students studying separation of powers issues within the federal government as well as structural constitutional principles that apply to the division of authority between the federal and state governments. Students will also have the opportunity to closely participate in practical projects related to the study of constitutional questions that forms the backbone of the Gray Center’s mission to foster significant legal scholarship examining the role of administrative agencies and the division of power within the three branches of federal government. Students participating in the clinic course will gain practical legal experience by identifying cases of interest, researching legal issues, and helping to prepare drafts of appellate briefs. The Center has previously worked with Scalia Law School students primarily through its student fellowship program and looks forward to providing this new opportunity for student legal training.
In December 2021, the clinic submitted its inaugural filing, an amicus curiae brief in Egbert v. Boule, which is scheduled for argument before the Supreme Court of the United States on March 2, 2022; the petitioner in the case is represented by the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice group of Williams & Connolly.