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Tell us about your top U.S. Supreme Court or federal circuit court victory over the past year and how you and your team achieved the win. In NLRB v. SW General, we persuaded the Supreme Court, 6-2, to invalidate unlawful appointments of temporary acting officials. The Vacancies Act allows presidents to appoint acting officials, but a permanent nominee cannot serve as an acting official without Senate approval. For 18 years, presidents from both parties ignored this limitation, and the Senate never objected. We convinced the court that the act’s text barred this practice. We also neutralized the government’s reliance on legislative history, and obtained amicus support from those involved in the act’s passage.

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