15 January 2008 - Mayer Brown attorney Charles Rothfeld, a former assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, who together with Mayer Brown partner Andy Pincus supervises the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, today argued his twenty-first case before the Court. Rothfeld, on behalf of the clinic, represented the respondent in United States v. Rodriquez, No. 06-1646, which presents the question of whether a state drug conviction can serve as a predicate for enhanced sentencing under 18 U.S.C. § 924(e) when the sentence imposed on that conviction satisfied the threshold length set forth in § 924(e) only by virtue of having itself been enhanced under a separate state recidivist statute. The case and the clinic are discussed in a New Haven Register article.
The briefs that the clinic filed in the Supreme Court are available here and here.