Preparation and use of amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs are an important part of appellate practice in federal and state courts. They give individual corporations, trade associations, professional groups, and other organizations a voice―a direct line of communication to appellate courts―on the significance, practical impacts, policy implications, and merits of important legal issues. This webinar will cover the strategic use of amicus briefs, the rules governing their preparation and submission, and amicus brief style and content. In-house counsel and outside attorneys who manage or handle appeals and may want to solicit amicus support, as well as attorneys who are engaged to draft (or would like to be engaged to draft) amicus briefs, will benefit from the webinar.
Learn about the increasingly significant role that amicus briefs play in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts
Know whether, when, how, and from whom to solicit amicus support if you are representing a client in a federal or state appeal,
Gain an understanding of amicus rules and procedures in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts
Benefit from practical guidance on the scope, content, and style of amicus briefs, both at the review petition and merits stages of an appeal
Interact strategically with the office of the Solicitor General or other government lawyers when the United States or a State participates as amicus curiae (either for or against your client) in a pending appeal