Federal Appellate Practice Teleconference: Amicus Curiae Briefs

"From the soup of preserving issues at trial to the nuts of how to get Supreme Court review, it's all here." - Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on Federal Appellate Practice

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

To coincide with BNA Books' publication of Mayer Brown's Federal Appellate Practice, our Supreme Court & Appellate practice is pleased to offer a complimentary teleconference series focusing on topics of interest to counsel dealing with appeals in the federal courts. Each 30-minute session, led by various authors of the book, will offer an inside look at how to successfully navigate the federal appeals process.

The second event in our series focuses on Amicus Curiae Briefs and will be led by an author of this chapter, partner Dan Himmelfarb, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General. The modern amicus curiae has changed from its original meaning of "friend of the court." Today's amicus has become more "friend of the party," with most amicus briefs filed in US courts today by those with an important interest in the outcome of a case. Dan will discuss this change and explore the amicus brief's influence, strategies to consider before filing, and judicial attitudes towards amicus briefs.

Dan Himmelfarb

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