An American Lawyer feature published today highlights Orrick associate Easha Anand for her major win this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which in an en banc ruling overturned the life-without-parole sentence of a juvenile offender from Arizona.
“Here’s a name to remember: Easha Anand,” the Amlaw Litigation Daily article begins. “The Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe associate is among the next generation of lawyers to watch as a future leader of the profession.”
Easha, a member of our Supreme Court and Appellate Practice in San Francisco, took on the case of Riley Briones, who was sentenced to life without parole in 1997 at the age of 17. The Ninth Circuit found the sentence unconstitutional because it defied U.S. Supreme Court precedent restricting such life prison terms for juvenile offenders. The article notes that Easha was a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor when key elements of that precedent were established.
The publication credited Orrick for giving associates such as Easha the opportunity to argue cases in the appellate courts. “Kudos to Orrick and supervising partner Melanie Bostwick (a member of our appellate practice group) for letting an associate play a starring role in a rare en banc proceeding.”
Easha is the latest example of our appellate team’s associates securing success in significant appellate litigation. Now-partner Brian Goldman won a major Second Amendment en banc case in the Ninth Circuit two years ago as an associate, and more recently associate Chris Cariello won a copyright case in the Ninth Circuit.