Since 1994, Office of the Appellate Defender has hosted First Monday in October.

This annual fundraising event features a mock U.S. Supreme Court argument, followed by an awards ceremony at which the Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy is presented to two of the most highly regarded advocates in the nation and the OAD Counsel for Justice Award is presented each year to a prominent in-house counsel who exemplifies OAD’s commitment to justice.

2017 – Carpenter v. United States

A case that asks if the government needs a warrant and probable cause to obtain cellphone records that document historical location information.
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2016 – APPLE, INC. v. F.B.I.

A hypothetical case that confronts the tension between individual privacy and the needs of law enforcement in the digital age.
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2015 – Evenwel v. Abbott

State Apportionment Is A Redistricting Plan Based on Total Population Constitutional or Must the State Consider Eligible Voter Population?
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2014 – Elonis v. United States

True Threats Does a Criminal Prosecution for Threatening Another via Facebook Posts Require Proof of the Defendant’s Subjective Intent to Threaten?
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2013 – Thomas v. New York

False Confessions Do They Happen? Can They Be Prevented?
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2012 – Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al.

Affirmative Action in College Admissions Is it still Constitutional?
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2011 – Hyder v. Sebelius

Health Insurance Mandate Is it Constitutional?
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2010 – Snyder v. Phelps

Does the First Amendment Shield Those Who Picket and Utter Hate Speech at Military Funerals?
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2009 – Padilla v. State of Kentucky

Effective Assistance of Counsel Must an Attorney Advise a Client About Immigration Consequences?
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2008 – Van de Kamp v. Goldstein

Redressing Wrongful Convictions Should Prosecutors Be Held Liable?
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2007 – District of Columbia v. Shelly Parker, et al.

The Second Amendment Who Has the Right to Own Guns?
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2006 – MacWade v. Kelly

NYPD Subway Searches Are They Constitutional?
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