Pratik Shah Quoted by Washington Post on SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Arguments
Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah was quoted by The Washington Post for its article “Five lawyers take on history in Supreme Court gay-marriage case.”
The article discusses the lawyers who will be arguing, both for and against same-sex marriage, before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 and notes that lawyers often negotiate among themselves to decide who will make the arguments, using such factors as performance in mock trials and level of involvement in the issue at hand.
Shah, a former assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General who argued 13 cases before the Court, discussing how these lawyers are chosen, said, “Whenever you have multiple parties who have to come together and select one person to do the argument, it becomes a tricky situation. My guess is it was a negotiation process and a decision they came to, probably not easily.”