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

WE THE PATRIOTS USA, INC.; CT FREEDOM ALLIANCE, LLC; CONSTANTINA LORA; MIRIAM HIDALGO; ASMA ELIDRISSI v. CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT; CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH; BETHEL BOARD OF EDUCATION; GLASTONBURY BOARD OF EDUCATION; STAMFORD BOARD OF EDUCATION

WE THE PATRIOTS USA, INC.; CT FREEDOM ALLIANCE, LLC; CONSTANTINA LORA; MIRIAM HIDALGO; ASMA ELIDRISSI v. CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT; CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH; BETHEL BOARD OF EDUCATION; GLASTONBURY BOARD OF EDUCATION; STAMFORD BOARD OF EDUCATION

Vaccines
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Connecticut law requires that students receive certain vaccinations prior to enrollment in public or private school and removed a religious exemption to that law on April 28, 2021.  Plaintiffs in this case have argued that that the broad and neutrally applicable vaccine requirement designed to...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. MAHANOY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT v. B.L.

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. MAHANOY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT v. B.L.

First Amendment
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CHILD USA signed onto this amicus brief in support of Plaintiff’s argument that off-campus speech that is neither threatening nor harassing should not be entitled to First Amendment protection. In this case, Plaintiff made non-threatening, non-harassing statements using a social media account...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. TAMMY SMATHERS, INDIVIDUALLY & ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE OF HARMONY BROOKLYN RAYNE CARSEY v. RICK GLASS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTORY OF PERRY COUNTY CHILDREN’S SERVICES ET AL.

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. TAMMY SMATHERS, INDIVIDUALLY & ON BEHALF OF THE ESTATE OF HARMONY BROOKLYN RAYNE CARSEY v. RICK GLASS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTORY OF PERRY COUNTY CHILDREN’S SERVICES ET AL.

Child Abuse
Case No.19 CA 00018

An Ohio toddler died as a result of on-going severe abuse and neglect, and evidence suggests that Perry County Children Services (PCCS) is responsible. The lower Ohio courts refused to allow the toddler’s estate and the grandmother their day in court, disregarding evidence that PCCS could have...

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BRIEFS OF AMICUS CURIAE S.Y./W.F. V. ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PATERSON AND SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO a/k/a SALESIAN SOCIETY a/k/a SALESIANS DON BOSCO CANADA AND EASTERN USA

BRIEFS OF AMICUS CURIAE S.Y./W.F. V. ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PATERSON AND SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO a/k/a SALESIAN SOCIETY a/k/a SALESIANS DON BOSCO CANADA AND EASTERN USA

SOL Reform
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A series of amicus briefs were written in response to Defendants’ challenge to the constitutionality of the revival window provision of N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A:14-2b, which allows victims of child sex abuse to bring civil claims, even when their claims have previously expired. CHILD USA argues that...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE IN RE KOPCZYK, MINORS

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE IN RE KOPCZYK, MINORS

Child Welfare
Case No. 161878

This brief was written in response to a child welfare case involving two young girls who have been victims of sexual abuse by their Father. The Trial Court denied the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ petition to terminate father’s parental rights and, in so ruling, ignored serious...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re KAJA SOKOLA v. HARVEY WEINSTEIN ET AL.

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re KAJA SOKOLA v. HARVEY WEINSTEIN ET AL.

SOL Reform
Index No. 950250/2019

This amicus brief was written as a response to Defendant Weinstein’s challenge to the constitutionality of the revival provisions of the Child Victims Act in New York. Issues include whether CPLR § 214-G is constitutional under the New York Constitution’s Due Process Clause and whether the...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. GERRI S. COOGAN v. GENUINE PARTS COMPANY, ET AL.

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. GERRI S. COOGAN v. GENUINE PARTS COMPANY, ET AL.

Damages Caps
Case No. 19-123

CHILD USA joined Violent Crime Victim Services to file an amicus brief in Coogan c. Genuine Parts Company, et al. In Coogan, the Washington Court of Appeals reversed a jury’s $30 million pain-and-suffering verdict to the estate of a mesothelioma victim, finding the amount excessive, and “shocking”...

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