The Amicus Advocacy Project

An amicus brief comes from the Latin term “amicus curiae” which means “friend of the court.” Although most amicus briefs are persuasively written to support one side of a case, they allow interested, third parties the chance to provide the court with information that is relevant and helpful to the case but that may not otherwise be brought to the court’s attention.

CHILD USA files amicus briefing in cases whose outcomes impact the civil rights of children. We have been delighted to work with numerous attorneys across the United States, and welcome partnerships with law firms to work on pro bono matters with us. 

If you are an attorney who needs amicus support or would like your firm to have the opportunity to work on cutting edge amicus briefs involving child protection, please contact us at [email protected]

BRIEFS

JOSEPH KASTNER v. JOHN SA DOE, ET AL.,

JOSEPH KASTNER v. JOHN SA DOE, ET AL.,

SOL Reform
Index No. 900111/2021

In 2019, the New York General Assembly passed the Child Victims Act that revived child sexual abuse claims for one year. Defendant in this case challenged, the constitutionality of the Act. With its pro bono partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, CHILD USA wrote this amicus brief, presenting research on...

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EMMETT W. CALDWELL v. CITY OF NEW YORK; NYC BOARD OF EDUCATION, et al.

EMMETT W. CALDWELL v. CITY OF NEW YORK; NYC BOARD OF EDUCATION, et al.

SOL Reform
Case No. 21-CV-6560(LTS)

In August 2021, the Southern District of New York dismissed the case of the plaintiff, finding that the provisions of the New York Child Victims Act that revive claims for child sexual abuse are limited to those for which the plaintiff is under age 55. CHILD USA wrote this amicus brief, arguing...

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AMANDA BRANDT v. ROY POMPA

AMANDA BRANDT v. ROY POMPA

Damages Caps
Case No. 2021-0497

In July 2021, the Supreme Court of Ohio accepted a petition to consider whether the cap on non-economic damages for child sexual abuse claims is unconstitutional. CHILD USA and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children wrote this amicus brief, arguing that Ohio’s cap on...

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M.R. v. ESCONDIDO UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT, ET AL.

M.R. v. ESCONDIDO UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT, ET AL.

SOL Reform
Case No. 37-2021-00013819-CU-PO-NC

In 2019, the California Legislature amended Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 340.1 to revive previously-expired civil claims for child sexual abuse. The Defendant argues that the revival provisions are unconstitutional under the California Constitution as applied in this case. CHILD USA wrote this amicus...

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J.D. v. ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN and ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, BOROUGH OF QUEENS, CITY OF NEW YORK AND BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO

J.D. v. ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN and ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, BOROUGH OF QUEENS, CITY OF NEW YORK AND BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO

SOL Reform
Index No. 519856/19

In 2019, the New York General Assembly passed the Child Victims Act. Defendants in this case have challenged whether a claim for Breach of Fiduciary Duty can apply to the relationship between the Plaintiff and the Defendant. CHILD USA wrote this amicus brief, arguing that the unique dynamics of...

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