During the morning session on November 28, 2018, George T. Patton, Jr., asked the U.S. Supreme Court to admit three attorneys: Donna J. Bays, Jennifer Bays Beinart, and the Hon. Paul D. Mathias. All three were sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association. Judge Mathias sits on the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. immediately granted the motion. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was also admitted that morning by separate motion. Also present for the admission that morning were Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
After the admission motion was granted, the newly-admitted attorneys observed oral argument in Timbs. v. State. In that case, Tyler Timbs asked the Court to find that the 8th Amendment prohibition against excessive fines applies to the state of Indiana, not just the federal government. At Indiana’s Court of Appeals, Judge Mathias had ruled that it did. However, Indiana’s Supreme Court reversed that ruling, paving the way for a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bays Family Law is extremely proud to have our attorneys join the ranks of the small percentage of lawyers in America who have been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.