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 info@childusa.org.

BRIEFS

BRIAN GARRETT, ET. AL., v. THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

BRIAN GARRETT, ET. AL., v. THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

CHILD USA drafted this brief seeking reversal of the District Court’s decision to dismiss the Title IX claims of plaintiff-survivors abused by OSU physician Richard Strauss as untimely. Plaintiff-survivors were abused from the 1970s to the 1990s and did not learn of OSU’s role in facilitating that...

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LILI BERNARD v. WILLIAM COSBY

LILI BERNARD v. WILLIAM COSBY

In 2019, the New Jersey General Assembly passed N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:14-2b that revived sexual abuse claims for two years. Defendant in this case challenged, amongst other points, the constitutionality of the provision, particularly when it is applied to adult victims of sexual abuse. CHILD USA...

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

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

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.

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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