The Institute for Free Speech Welcomes Two New Attorneys

May 2, 2023   •  By IFS Staff   •  

The Institute for Free Speech is happy to announce the addition of two new attorneys to its legal team in recent months, Brett Nolan and Courtney Corbello.

Brett joined the Institute for Free Speech as an Attorney in January of 2023. He previously served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of Kentucky, where he litigated dozens of cases on behalf of the state, including a successful challenge to a federal law limiting the ability of states to modify their tax codes.

Prior to that, Brett served as the Deputy General Counsel to the former Governor of Kentucky, where he advised the governor and other executive branch officials on a variety of legal and policy issues and represented them in litigation. Brett clerked for Judge John Nalbandian of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Karen K. Caldwell of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Between clerkships, he worked in private practice.

Brett attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and graduated with High Honors, Order of the Coif. Brett is admitted to practice in Kentucky. He is also admitted to the federal court bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, as well as several district courts.

Courtney joined the Institute for Free Speech as an Attorney in April 2023. Courtney is a former member of the US Army where she served as a Cryptological Linguist specializing in Mandarin. After serving, Courtney then went on to attend UCLA Law School where she was a member and Vice President in the UCLA Moot Court Team. She was the sole recipient in her graduating class of the Order of the Barristers Statue as for being the top oral advocate among her peers. She was also the winner of the Roscoe Pound Moot Court Competition.

Courtney began her law career as a briefing attorney to Judge David Newell on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Following this clerkship, she accepted a position at the Texas Attorney General’s Office within the Law Enforcement Defense Division, where she worked on numerous high-profile civil rights cases. After four years with LEDD, Courtney then transferred to the General Litigation Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office where she continued to represent the state in a wide range of significant cases such as First Amendment matters, lawsuits against the federal government, and Title VII claims. Through her six years with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Courtney not only obtained extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts, but also changed or created law in doing so.

Courtney is licensed to practice law in Texas, including all federal district courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Please join us in welcoming Brett and Courtney to the team.

IFS Staff

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