March 13, 2017 Articles

Obtaining ABA Amicus Support for Your Appeal

The large number of cases in all courts receiving amicus briefs increases the likelihood that your opponent will have such "friends" file against you.

By Tom Donlon – March 13, 2017

The ABA has a long history of filing amicus briefs. Over the past seventy years, the ABA has filed amicus briefs in nearly 300 cases. Last year, the ABA filed eighteen amicus briefs in various courts. Although the ABA’s amicus practice before the U.S. Supreme Court receives the most publicity, the ABA also files in the federal circuit courts of appeals and state supreme courts. So far, this term, the ABA has approved filing briefs at the request of the Section of Litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, and the California Supreme Court.

The Fall 2016 issue of Appellate Practice contained an article on the Judicial Division’s newly created Amicus Committee. The Section of Litigation has its own Amicus Curiae Briefs Committee, which stands ready to help you through the process of obtaining ABA amicus support for your appeal.

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