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Amicus Curiae

Amicus Curiae Advances Courtroom Advocacy

In countless appellate cases, a committed group of member volunteers statewide writes briefs supporting the rights of plaintiffs. Amicus Curiae is one of the invaluable, behind-the-scenes ways PAJ supports your profession and your clients, and speaks to members’ extraordinary interest in legislature and law.

When a case moves to appellate court, and there is a ruling that will impact the client and future court decisions, an attorney can provide a request to the Amicus Committee. The committee assigns a clerk to analyze the case, circulates a memo, and asks if it merits further consideration. If so, a member is assigned to write a brief and submit to the court.

Simply based on the volume of cases the Committee takes on, and the success of the briefs, the Amicus Curiae Committee is a model of how an association of members shares responsibilities and duties for the greater good.

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