By Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic
Pro bono for IRC ... For its second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has again scored pro bono legal help. That’s good news for the public wallet, since the commission is taxpayer-funded.
Attorney Paul Smith of the D.C. law firm Jenner and Block will represent the commission as it defends the legislative map it created in 2011. The commission voted 5-0 last week to hire Smith, who offered his services for free.
This comes a month after another attorney working pro bono scored a victory for the IRC in a case challenging its authority to draw congressional boundary lines. Former U.S. Solicitor Seth Waxman argued that case for the IRC, with the commission covering expenses that amount to about $20,000.
Smith has made oral arguments in 16 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. They include a case that concluded a Texas law banning same-sex acts violated due process, and another that established First Amendment rights for people who produce and market video games.