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NACC Amicus Curiae Program
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The NACC Amicus Curiae Program promotes the legal interests of children through the filing of amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in state and federal appellate courts. We submit our own briefs and participate as co-amici in cases of particular importance to the development of law for children. In recent years, the NACC has filed briefs in numerous state appellate courts, federal courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Unfortunately, we cannot currently file cases in Colorado. The NACC is hosting the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Program, and our contract with the state prohibits us from participating as amici or co-amici in Colorado courts so long as the NACC has a contractual involvement in the Ombudsman Program.

 

To submit a request for the NACC to participate as amicus curiae in a case you are working on, please download and complete the NACC Amicus Curiae Request Form.


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Amicus Curiae Filing Guide

This practical guide offers an overview of the process for filing amicus briefs in state appellate courts. It examines the appropriate roles of amicus curiae; discusses preparation strategies, writing techniques, and pitfalls to be avoided when filing amicus briefs in state appellate court; and provides a summary of state rules governing amicus practice.


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Amicus Curiae Brief Summaries

The NACC Amicus Committee has contributed numerous amicus curiae briefs to federal and state appellate courts, sharing the views of its membership with courts facing difficult decisions. To read a selection of previous amicus briefs filed by the NACC, please check out our Amicus Curiae Brief Summaries. Each summary includes a link to the full amicus brief.


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Amicus Policies & Procedures

Check out our Amicus Policies and Procedures document for a list of participation criteria and an explanation of NACC procedures for reviewing both formal requests and final briefs.


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Sample Amicus Curiae Brief

Writing your own amicus curiae brief? Looking for a good example to reference as you write? This sample amicus brief provides a good template to help you organize your argument.


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