Appellate Courts Should Welcome Well-Crafted Amicus Briefs

Law360 (October 8, 2020, 5:37 PM EDT) -- Amicus curiae, or friend of the court, briefs have become a routine part of federal appellate practice. Hundreds of them are filed every year in the U.S. Supreme Court to support petitions for a writ of certiorari, or to address the merits of cases that the court has agreed to hear. And many national nonprofit organizations, both pro-business and otherwise, are amicus brief frequent filers in the Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals.

As an appellate attorney who has authored dozens of amicus briefs, and who also has written about the strategic use of amicus briefs, I have...

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