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

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

CHILD USA wrote this brief in support of a wrongful death suit brought on behalf of a 2-year old child who had been recieving services through Perry County Children Services (“PCCS”) when she died as a result of on-going severe abuse and neglect. The intermediate appellate court decision affirmed...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. SHARONELL FULTON, ET AL. v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL. in Case No. 19-123 in the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. SHARONELL FULTON, ET AL. v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL. in Case No. 19-123 in the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

First Amendment
Case No. 19-123

CHILD USA joined Miguel H. Diaz, Ambassador to the Holy See, Retired; DignityUSA; New Ways Ministry; the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual; and the Women’s Ordination Conference to file an amicus brief in Fulton v. Philadelphia. We support Philadelphia’s laws that require equal...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. DONALD J. TRUMP ET AL. v. PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL.

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. DONALD J. TRUMP ET AL. v. PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL.

First Amendment
Case No. 19-454

This amicus brief was written in response to two government rules that reduce employees’ access to contraceptive insurance. Issues include whether the Government’s interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act violates the Separation of Powers and whether the Government’s new rules...

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BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. DIOCESE OF LUBBOCK

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE re. DIOCESE OF LUBBOCK

First Amendment
Case No. 20-0127

In Lubbock, the Diocese of Lubbock published an online list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing a “minor,” including Respondent Jesus Guerrero. Mr. Guerrero is accused of having sexually abused an adult woman, whom the Church defines as a “minor” because of her mental capacity. The...

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MOTION IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AN AMICUS BRIEF re. EDWARDO v. LOUIS A. GELINEAU, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PROVIDENCE, ET ALS.

MOTION IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AN AMICUS BRIEF re. EDWARDO v. LOUIS A. GELINEAU, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PROVIDENCE, ET ALS.

SOL Reform
C.A. No. PC-2019-09894

This motion was written as a response to the trial court’s inquiry about the precedent of trial courts to accept and consider amicus briefing at the trial level. In this case, Defendants challenge to the constitutionality of the revival provisions of RIGL § 9-1-51, which allow victims of child sex...

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