Landmark Case Provides Even More Historical Counsel
The United States Supreme Court Justices will read a brief from one of the youngest lawyers ever to file before the high court. A recent graduate from Catholic University’s School of Law, Elizabeth Getman, at the ripe old age of 27, is already serving as co-counsel to Andrew Herman of the Bland Law Group in DC as he argues the case of Jack Davis v. Federal Election Commission. The case, which began in 2006 after Davis filed suit against the FEC based on grievances with the Bipartisan Reform Act of 2002
, immediately sparked Getman’s attention. Going into her third and final year at the Columbus School of Law, Getman used this case to formulate her thesis topic. As Davis challenged the so-called “Millionaires’ Amendment”
on the grounds that it violated his rights to free speech and equal protection under the First and Fifth Amendments respectively, Getman made contact with Herman, the case’s lead counsel. After months of sharing information and ideas, followed by feelings of despair when Davis’ claim was rejected by the District Court in Washington, DC, Herman wanted Getman’s advice. Her experience with the case proved valuable enough that Herman took the young associate on as co-counsel before he made his own first appearance before the court and the rest is history, or it will be as soon as the case is heard later this month. Herman and Getman will attempt to prove that loosening campaign finance rules for the opponent of a self-financed candidate leads to an unfair advantage and a violation of constitutional rights.