APRL will consider filing an amicus curiae brief in an appropriate case under the following guidelines:
Any request for APRL to appear amicus curiae will be forwarded to the Public Statements Committee (“PSC”) who will review the briefs and other relevant material in the case and make a recommendation to the Board. The Board will consider the PSC's recommendation and make the final determination whether an amicus curiae brief by APRL is appropriate and advisable.
In deciding whether an amicus appearance by APRL is appropriate and advisable, the PSC and the Board shall consider the following factors and any other factors they consider pertinent:
- Whether the case presents an important issue of professional responsibility;
- Whether there is a resolution of the issue that is consistent with and would advance the interests of APRL and its members;
- Whether participation by APRL would likely contribute to an improvement in the law or to improved understanding or articulation of the law;
- Whether the proposed position is consistent with past APRL public statements touching the same issue and, if not, whether there have been factual or legal developments or other good reasons that support a departure from prior APRL statements;
- Whether APRL members represent parties or other amici curiae already involved in the case;
- Whether appearing in the case amicus curiae would further APRL's mission and APRL's goal of enhancing appreciation of and respect for the core values of the legal profession among lawyers and members of the public alike; and
- Whether one or more APRL member lawyers are available and willing to write the amicus brief.
February 25, 2013
The Brief Amicus Curiae in RFF Family Partnership, LP v. Burns & Levinson, LLP, Case No. SCJ11371, before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
January 24, 2013
The Brief Amicus Curiae in St. Simons Waterfront, LLC v. Hunter, MacLean, Exley & Dunn, P.C., Case No. S12G1924, before the Supreme Court of Georgia.
May 7, 2012
The Brief Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner in Rubashkin v. United States, Case No. 11-1203, before the United States Supreme Court.
May 9, 2007
The Brief Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners’ Motion in Bismullah v. Gates, et al., Case Nos. 06-1197 and 06-1397, before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. APRL was one of seven Amici.