Aside from clerking at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 and arguing before the court in 1998, nominee Brett Kavanaugh has had other lesser-known business there, including filing several amicus briefs he wrote for conservative clients while in private practice at Kirkland & Ellis.
Kavanaugh also was counsel of record in 2000 for a petition on behalf of family members of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez who wanted to keep him in Miami, while his father wanted the boy to join him in Cuba. Kavanaugh lost before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and his cert petition at the Supreme Court was denied. His co-counsel, Jeffrey Clark, is the White House nominee to run the U.S. Justice Department’s environmental division.
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