FacultyFaculty/Author Profile
Rachel S. Bloomekatz

Rachel S. Bloomekatz

Gupta Wessler PLLC

Washington, DC, USA


Rachel Bloomekatz is a principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC, where she focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation.

Rachel’s practice draws on her extensive appellate experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as insights gained from her clerkships with Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Rachel has argued constitutional issues and complex appeals in state and federal appellate courts nationwide, including the Ohio Supreme Court, and regularly practices before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has handled cases on a wide range of issues, including class actions, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, juvenile justice, public health, and voter protection. Most recently, Rachel successfully challenged the 112-year sentence of a juvenile defendant on Eighth Amendment grounds, in an oral argument that a former judge and Ohio Supreme Court expert praised as “clear, articulate, focused, and totally non-defensive, even in the light of some very tough questioning.” Rachel has also filed amicus briefs on behalf of numerous public health organizations in cases concerning tobacco, soda taxes, and other public health issues, and served as counsel to dozens of detained mothers and children in immigration detention in Artesia, New Mexico.

Rachel joined Gupta Wessler in 2016 from Jones Day, where she was a member of the renowned Issues and Appeals practice group. Previously, as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, she defended the Commonwealth’s gun laws, child protection statutes, and other state laws and regulations in appellate courts.

A graduate of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif), Rachel worked during law school at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she helped litigate several class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of immigrant workers conducting cleanup operations post-Katrina in New Orleans. She also worked at the Los Angeles civil rights firm Hadsell Stormer and Rennick, fighting for housekeepers denied breaks at LAX hotels, rocket scientists harmed by discriminatory Bush-era security policies, and other workers, employees, and whistleblowers.

Rachel divides her time between Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio, where, as an adjunct professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, she teaches a course on community lawyering. She also serves as an advisor to a number of progressive candidates and state officeholders, and was Legal Director for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s 2012 re-election campaign. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Columbus Jewish Family Services and serves on the executive board of the Columbus Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Rachel S. Bloomekatz is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy 2017, Friday, April 21, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings, Friday, April 21, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings, Friday, April 21, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings - Appellate Advocacy: Strategic Choices in Trial Courts, Discretionary Review Proceedings, Friday, April 21, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Appellate Advocacy 2017, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Appellate Advocacy 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Appellate Advocacy 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Appellate Advocacy 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, Nashville, TN
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Appellate Advocacy 2018, Friday, April 20, 2018, New York, NY
Share
Email

  • FOLLOW PLI:
  • twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • GooglePlus
  • RSS

All Contents Copyright © 1996-2017 Practising Law Institute. Continuing Legal Education since 1933.

© 2017 PLI PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE. All rights reserved. The PLI logo is a service mark of PLI.