TARGET 8: Josh Hawley's involvement in Supreme Court cases analyzed

1 year 9 months 4 weeks ago Monday, July 25 2016 Jul 25, 2016 Monday, July 25, 2016 6:25:00 PM CDT July 25, 2016 in Target 8
By: Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 News
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - KOMU 8's Target 8 Investigative team analyzed claims made by Josh Hawley, a Republican running for state attorney general, in one of his campaign ads. Hawley, who teaches at the MU School of Law, faces Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, in the upcoming primaries. 

In one of his campaign ads, "Ladders", Hawley branded himself as a "Jefferson City outsider" with extensive experience as a Constitutional lawyer. Hawley began his law career in 2008. In the ad, Hawley touted his experience, including going to the Supreme Court and winning twice against the Obama administration. 

While he is indeed new to the political sphere, KOMU 8 News found his short claim of winning twice at the Supreme Court does not fully explain his roles in the cases.

While he did have a role as a litigator in both the Hobby Lobby and Hosanna-Tabor cases, in the Hobby Lobby case he was not featured on the docket; though his wife, Erin, who is also an attorney, was. His campaign provided KOMU 8 News with a brief filed in the case, listing his name, and explained a docket listing or lack of one does not indicate level of involvement.

Hawley did not say he personally took the lead but did say he was influential in the case. 

"Well this means that I was one of the lawyers representing them at the United States Supreme Court. We have a team of lawyers who are Supreme Court practitioners, and I was one of those. And so it was a privilege from the beginning when they first asked the court to take the case all the way up to the end when it was decided on June 30, 2014," Hawley said.

Paul Clement, former solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration, was the one who argued before the Supreme Court on Hobby Lobby's behalf. 

"I was privileged to collaborate with Josh Hawley on the Hobby Lobby case. The lawyer who steps to the podium in a Supreme Court case benefits from the contributions of colleagues who have often worked on the case for far longer. That was particularly true in Hobby Lobby. The  victory in that case was the result of the contributions of numerous lawyers for Hobby Lobby and in the companion case of Conestoga Wood. Josh was a valued member of the Hobby Lobby team, as reflected by the fact that his name was featured on the front cover of the brief," Clement said.

"Most of the argument at the Supreme Court takes place in written filings that unfold over again a series of months and sometimes up to a year or more so. I was involved with that from the very beginning. My law firm The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was the lead firm for the Green family and Hobby Lobby and had been from the very beginning," Hawley said. 

Hawley was listed as counsel for the Hosanna-Tabor case and was included as one of five lawyers with his firm out of many other attorneys. It was Douglas Laycock, a professor at the University of Virginia, who actually argued in front of the Supreme Court.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the Hobby Lobby brief link as well as a quote from Paul Clement.

More News

Grid
List
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield has a new mayor, but it's the way he was selected that has a group... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 9:26:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ACLU of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 6:35:52 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Thornbrook neighborhood was without water and electricity for almost two hours on Friday. Columbia Water and... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 5:36:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Four vehicle crashes have occurred this week along State Road F west of Fulton in Callaway County.... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After serving eight years in the United States Air Force, the passion of this veteran for sky travel... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In another day of political theater, the special House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens heard new testimony... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Organizers are expecting a large turnout for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans" airshow on Memorial Day weekend. ... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- When most people lose an animal, one of the first steps is to put a "missing" sign on a... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:46:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Aircraft and pilots met at Columbia Regional Airport Friday to prepare for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans"... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A high-speed car chase ended Sunday when the suspect slid into a ditch, according to a press release... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- It's no secret more cars will out for Memorial Day weekend, but many drivers are taking precautions before... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than five hundred Missourians have lost their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department of... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
HARRISONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old western Missouri boy fought off an attempted abduction by hitting the... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash on I-70 Westbound. It caused major backups... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging people to practice safe boating ahead of Memorial Day weekend.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:55:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 69°
2am 69°
3am 69°
4am 69°
5am 68°