Prominent law firm takes over GovGuam’s plebiscite case

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Attorney Mike Phillips, who was initially asked to file the appeal, says he has provided input, but the case will be filed by Kirkland and Ellis, not him.

Today is the deadline for the government of Guam to file the 9th Circuit’s decision overturning the Guam political status plebiscite law which concluded that it was unconstitutional because it is race-based and in violation of the 15th Amendment.

Kirkland and Ellis, an international law firm that bills itself as the largest law firm in the United States, has taken over the appeal of the Davis plebiscite case. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said last week that they’ve agreed to do the work for free.

Attorney Mike Phillips, who was initially asked to file the appeal, says he has provided input, but the case will be filed by Kirkland and Ellis, not him.

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“I’m informed that the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis will be filing the petition. And also informed that they will file it timely. And as far as the contends and everything like that, I’ve been assured that everything will be done in accordance with the requirement of filing a case like that with the Supreme Court,” Phillips said.

The first step for the Supreme Court is to decide whether or not they will accept the appeal.

If they agree to take the case, arguments will be heard sometime next year.

If they decide not to hear it, then the case is over.

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