Monday, February 22, 2016
Attorney Rita Sostrin Attends SCTOUS Oral Arguments
On Monday, February 22, 2016, Attorney Rita Sostrin attended oral argument proceedings at Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). This is a monumental moment in history, as this was the first oral argument proceedings since the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 13, 2019. The court session began with a tribute to the late Scalia by Chief Justice John Roberts. Scalia’s chair was veiled in black drapery, which "signifies a period of mourning the loss.”
Ms. Sostrin was at the High Court to attend oral arguments for two cases, Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States and Utah v. Strieff. The first dealt with the issue of whether the “Federal Circuit erred in construing 38 U.S.C. § 8127(d)'s mandatory set-aside restricting competition for Department of Veterans Affairs' contracts to veteran-owned small businesses as discretionary.” The outcome of this case could affect how the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs devotes as much as $10 billion in contracts to small businesses each year. The latter case, Utah v. Strieff, considered “whether evidence seized incident to a lawful arrest on an outstanding warrant should be suppressed because the warrant was discovered during an investigatory stop later found to be unlawful.” The outcome of this case will determine the future of the Fourth Amendment’s exclusionary rule.
While in D.C., Attorney Rita Sostrin also had the privilege to privately meet with the Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has held office at SCOTUS since 1993. Ms. Sostrin is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and was admitted by SCOTUS in February 2008.