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Mark E. Haddad leads the Supreme Court and Appellate practice in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP and is a co-leader of the firm’s global appellate practice. Haddad joined Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office in 1987, after clerkships with Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court, and with the Hon. Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Haddad earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He is a Rhodes Scholar and received his MA from Oxford University with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and his AB with honors and distinction in History from Stanford University.
Haddad has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, in the supreme courts of four states, and in federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. His matters involve the impact of federal constitutional, statutory and regulatory provisions on business liability and individual rights, and arise in a variety of areas, including administrative law, antitrust law, constitutional law (commerce clause, due process, equal protection, First Amendment, federalism and preemption), intellectual property, products liability and professional responsibility. He is recognized as a leading lawyer by many references, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 US, and Super Lawyers.
Haddad has received awards from the ACLU Foundation for Southern California (in 2017 and 2003) for pro bono appellate work in the areas of immigration rights and criminal justice reform, respectively, and from the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (2001) for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. Haddad’s work also has contributed to the firm’s recognition for pro bono service, including in 2016 and 2015 as Law Firm of the Year for pro bono service by Public Counsel and by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, respectively. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Public Counsel and of Town Hall-Los Angeles.
Haddad speaks on the Supreme Court at law schools, legal conferences, corporate retreats and general counsel roundtables, and in response to press inquiries. His comments on the constitutionality of methods of execution were featured by Bill Moyers on billmoyers.com and by Nina Totenberg on NPR. He led interviews with California Supreme Court Justices Goodwin Liu and Leondra Kruger at conferences hosted by the Institute for Corporate Counsel at the USC Gould School of Law, and with Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at a meeting sponsored by Town Hall-Los Angeles. “Bring Down the Walls,” a recollection of his clerkship with Justice Brennan, appears in The Common Man as Uncommon Man: Remembering Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., at 1-2, E.J. Rosenkranz & T. Jorde, eds. (NYU: Brennan Center for Justice 2006).
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Orin Kerr was cited for his recent editorial on his experience taking the California bar exam much later in life in order to practice law in another state. "It’s not like you can test lawyerly competence among 20 topics any better than with 10 topics," Kerr commented. "It just requires more time memorizing, and it’s not obvious what that has to do with lawyerly ability.”
"Blindspot: Faith-Based Discrimination and the Misinterpretation of Sherbert v. Verner," Conference on Law, Religion and Complicity, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
"The Great Patent Grab", The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
"Parental Control Rights." In Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law, edited by Elizabeth Brake & Lucinda Ferguson. New York: Oxford Univerity Press, 2018.