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Criminal Justice Section: Amicus Practice Committee

Criminal Justice Section:
Amicus Practice Committee


About The Committee



The Committee reviews requests that the Section seek ABA Board of Governors approval for amicus curiae briefs filed on behalf of the Association on issues related to criminal law. Factors considered when making a recommendation to the Section leadership concern the importance of the issue, the existence of relevant ABA policy, the appropriateness of ABA amicus participation in the court where the issue is currently being heard, specific contributions that ABA amicus participation would make over and beyond the arguments of the parties, and the quality of the proposed brief.



Goals

The Amicus Committee will make every effort to respond to the increasing number of requests for Criminal Justice Section applications for ABA amicus briefs. The Committee is also monitoring pending Petitions for Certiorari and noting cases where the ABA might want to file a brief. As it has in the past, the Committee will consider such requests in light of the importance of the issue and its significance to lawyers, the legal profession or compelling public interest; applicable ABA policy; the court in which the case is pending; the timeline for submission of the brief; and identification of a qualified brief writer.

Based on its review, the Committee will make recommendations to the Section Council or its Executive Committee. Upon Section approval and to the extent necessary and appropriate, the Committee will assist in drafting the application to the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs and, if the application is approved by the Board of Governors, in editing the draft brief.


Recent Briefs

Recent ABA amicus briefs initiated or supported by the Criminal Justice Section are listed below. For descriptions of these briefs, click here http://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/policy/amicus_briefs.html

For copies of the individual briefs, click on the individual listings.

Halbert v. Michigan

House v. Bell

Virginia v. Moore

Woodford v. Ngo


Books From Our Committee

    Leadership

    Co-Chairs:

    Becker, Erin
    Dwyer, Mark
    Green, Bruce
    Little, Rory

    Committee Roster  


    Programs, Meetings & Events

    Section Events

      False Claims Act Update: How Escobar Has Rewritten the FCA Playbook

      12/13/2016-12/13/2016

      False Claims Act Update: How Escobar Has Rewritten the FCA Playbook

      The Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: A Year in Review

      12/15/2016-12/15/2016

      The event will be held on 12/15/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Criminal Justice Section,Law Practice Division,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Judicial Division,Law Student Division,Section of Litigation. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

      Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers

      12/19/2016-12/19/2016

      The event will be held on 12/19/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are American Bar Association,Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs,Center for Professional Development,Center For Professional Responsibility,Criminal Justice Section,Commission On Disability Rights,Law Practice Division,ABA Legal Career Central,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Health Law Section,Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants,Young Lawyers Division,Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .


    Resources

    Modified by Kyo Suh on October 21, 2016

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