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You’ve Got a Friend: Everything You Need To Know About Amicus Briefs

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Non CLE |  Appellate Advocacy
Lawrence Ebner
1 Hour 07 Minutes
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Strategic use of effectively drafted amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs is an important part of appellate practice. Amicus brief provide individual corporations, trade associations, professional groups, and other organizations a voice in federal and state appellate courts on the significance, practical impacts, policy implications, and merits of important legal issues. This webinar covers the ways that amicus briefs are used, the rules governing their preparation and submission, and their format, style, and content.  Defense counsel who sometimes seek amicus support on behalf of their clients, as well attorneys who draft amicus briefs, will benefit from this webinar.

What You Will Learn?  

•    The increasingly significant role that amicus briefs play in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts
 of appeals, and state appellate courts.
•    Whether, when, how, and from whom to solicit amicus support if you are representing a client in a federal or state appeal.
•    Amicus rules and procedures in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts.
•    Practical guidance on the scope, content, and style of amicus briefs, both at the review petition and merits stages of an appeal.
•    How to interact with U.S. Department of Justice or State Attorney General’s Office when the United States or a State participates as amicus curiae (either for or against your client) in a pending appeal.


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