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Big Law Associate Takes on Supreme Court Veteran Over NCAA Race-Bias Claim

The Recorder

11 Jan 2017

James Sigel, an associate in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, was featured in a January 11 Recorder article “Big Law Associate Takes on Supreme Court Veteran Over NCAA Race-Bias Claims,” that highlighted his argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a major race discrimination case. Mr. Siegel represents a volunteer girls basketball coach who is challenging NCAA policy that bans coaches with felony convictions from participating in certain recruitment events. Opposing counsel in the case is former U.S. solicitor general Seth Waxman.

“Obviously, Seth Waxman is an incredibly accomplished attorney. But I feel prepared and I’m confident in our arguments,” Mr. Sigel told The Recorder Tuesday.

The case originated with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which has a long relationship with the firm. Morrison & Foerster partner Brian Matsui, who is assisting Mr. Sigel, told The Recorder the case “presented interesting and important legal issues that James could dive into. And it is consistent with our firm’s approach of having a deep bench of appellate lawyers who are ready to argue important cases like this one.” He added: “This is how I got some of my first opportunities, so it’s vital that superb lawyers like James get them too.”

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