AMICUS CURIAE 


MAJ has an outstanding record on amicus curiae brief participation in cases of importance to the trial bar and the public. Please follow the outlined procedure for requesting amicus assistance from MAJ. 

 

PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING AMICUS ASSISTANCE

1. The requestor should provide the following material to the Communications Director at the MAJ office by email.  The Communications Director will then electronically forward the material to all Amicus Committee members for review and comment:

a. The initial request should be in a letter, sent by email, to prominently include the following:

I)          all relevant deadlines and due dates

 

ii)         as well as the identification of a proposed, appropriate and willing brief writer

 

iii)        a short and concise description setting forth the specific legal issue or issues which the requestor believes should be addressed

 

iv)        and a brief statement explaining why MAJ would have interest in the issues.

 

b. The requestor should supply by email attachment all other relevant and supporting materials for committee review (e.g. court orders, briefs, lower court opinion, etc.).

 

2. Upon receipt of the requesting materials, the Communications Director shall electronically forward all such materials within 24 hours to the committee members, noting in the cover message the deadlines for decision and briefing.

 

3. By agreeing to be a member of the committee, all committee members agree to review the materials sent to him or her promptly and to participate in the email discussion of the merits of the request according to these guidelines.  If a committee member is unable to participate in a discussion, he or she will notify the chairs or co‑chairs.

 

4. If the committee decides the case does not merit participation, the Communications Director will promptly notify the requestor by email and answer any questions that do not breach the private debate of the committee.

 

5. If the committee decides the case merits participation, the Communications Director shall circulate the request, accompanying material and comments from the amicus committee members’ discussion to the executive committee for approval (or the board of directors if such action would be timely). 

 

6. The amicus committee’s recommendation shall be deemed approved unless, within the appointed time, a majority of the then sitting executive committee votes against the amicus committee’s recommendation. 

 

7. The Communications Director will promptly notify the amicus committee of the executive committee’s and/or board’s decision.

 

8. The Communications Director will promptly notify the requestor and the agreed brief writer by email.

 

9. If the requestor has not identified a brief writer for the amicus, the Communications Director and/or the members of the Amicus Committee may solicit volunteer brief writers from the committee or from the MAJ membership at large.