January 04, 2017 Articles

Amicus Briefs on Appeal: A Practical Guide to Success

By Kelli Sager and Terri Keville

In our increasingly complex and interconnected world, the impact of a published appellate decision often extends far beyond the interests of the parties to the action. Amicus curiae briefs can alert appellate jurists to the potential for such effects and educate them about the broader facts and issues in ways the parties cannot. Trade associations and other coalitions of nonparties regularly fill this role in significant cases, so there are many opportunities for counsel who develop and offer expertise in amicus advocacy on behalf of particular industries or groups.

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