TOPEKA – (March 19, 2012) – Kansas’s top appellate lawyer will help prepare the 26-state group challenging the federal health care law for six hours of Supreme Court oral arguments later this month, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Schmidt announced that he is sending Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister to Washington this week to help the lawyer for Kansas and the other 25 states who are challenging the constitutionality of the federal law prepare for oral arguments.
“Our challenge to this unprecedented federal power grab will come before the Supreme Court on March 26-28,” Schmidt said. “Kansas has been active with our state partners in pursuing this historic litigation all the way to the Supreme Court, and I’m grateful that Steve is willing to lend his expertise to our efforts in this final push before that Court.”
McAllister, a professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, is a specialist in constitutional and appellate law. He served as a law clerk for two U.S. Supreme Court justices and a federal appellate judge. For the past five years, McAllister has served as Kansas Solicitor General. In that capacity he represents the state in appellate litigation at the direction of the attorney general. McAllister has assisted the attorney general’s office with important constitutional cases since 1996, when he helped then-Attorney General Carla Stovall with the Supreme Court case that upheld the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator law.
Schmidt said McAllister will help prepare former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement for the oral arguments before the Court. Clement, who served in the Bush administration and now is in private practice, is representing the 26-state coalition that is challenging the health care law. Clement will present the states’ oral arguments to the Court.
The Supreme Court has scheduled a rare six hours of oral arguments over three days at the end of this month.