Professors and Graduates Participate in Supreme Court Health Care Case

Spring 2012

Columbia Law School professors and graduates recently authored briefs in connection with Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, the constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Professors Gillian E. Metzger ’95 and Trevor W. Morrison ’98 argued in an amicus brief that the legislation’s minimum coverage provision falls within the scope of Congress’ tax power. George W. Madison ’80, general counsel of the Treasury Department, played a key role in drafting the federal government’s brief defending the constitutionality of the law’s minimum coverage provision. That brief was prepared and filed by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. ’83, who also argued the case before the Court.