Public Rights Project’s amicus program aims to further its mission of empowering state and local governments to protect and further civil rights, economic justice, and environmental protection by organizing amicus participation among its network of state and local governments. We believe that state and local governments can offer an important perspective as amici, both as institutions and as representatives of their residents.
Cook County, Illinois and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights v. McAleenan, et al.
PRP helped file an amicus brief on behalf of 30 local governments throughout the country in support of Cook County’s lawsuit to put a stop to the Public Charge Rule. Because local governments operate and fund many of the basic government services that sustain the health and safety of American neighborhoods, they know the effects of this rule firsthand. Families will forgo crucial benefits for fear of immigration consequences, rendering all of our communities less healthy and vibrant.
City and County of San Francisco, State of California, and County of Santa Clara v. Azar and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (N.D. Cal.)
PRP worked with our Fellows in Columbus and Oakland to organize and file an amicus brief to support challenges to the Trump administration’s Conscience Rule. The Conscience Rule explicitly permits EMTs and paramedics to decline to provide lifesaving healthcare services based on religious objections. The rule demands that local governments make an impossible choice. If they do not permit discrimination in the provision of services like healthcare and emergency medical care, local governments will likely risk losing critical federal funding. The Conscience Rule endangers reproductive and LGBTQ healthcare and disproportionately harms low-income and vulnerable populations. We are proud to fight back with our Fellows.
City and County of San Francisco and County of Santa Clara v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al. (N.D. Cal.)
PRP helped file an amicus brief on behalf of 29 local governments throughout the country in support of San Francisco and Santa Clara’s lawsuit to put a stop to the Public Charge Rule. Because local governments operate and fund many of the basic government services that sustain the health and safety of American neighborhoods, they know the effects of this rule firsthand. Families will forgo crucial benefits for fear of immigration consequences, rendering all of our communities less healthy and vibrant.
HomeAway and Airbnb v. City of Santa Monica (9th Circuit)
PRP and local government partners filed amicus briefs in support of Santa Monica’s efforts to combat its housing affordability crisis. In this case, HomeAway and Airbnb sued to block Santa Monica’s short term housing regulation and argued that Santa Monica’s ordinance violated the Communications Decency Act and the First Amendment. The court ruled in our favor.
Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia v. City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (3rd Circuit)
PRP helped to organize an amicus brief of local governments in support of Philadelphia’s wage equity ordinance, which combats the wage gap by prohibiting employers from asking about a prospective employee’s salary history. The Chamber of Commerce challenged the ordinance on First Amendment grounds.
Zabriskie v. Federal National Mortgage Association (9th Circuit)
PRP and local government partners filed an amicus brief asking the court to reconsider its decision interpreting the Fair Credit Report Act, which would have negative consequences for individuals who seek to access mortgages, rental housing, jobs, and more.
States of Oregon et al. v. Azar et al. (District of Oregon)
PRP helped to organize an amicus brief of local governments in support of the challenge brought by many state attorneys general to the rule adopted by the Federal Administration that would impose a “gag requirement” prohibiting funds for reproductive care under Title X from going to any clinics that provide services relating to abortion, including abortion referral and counseling.
Bostock v. Clayton, County, Georgia (SCOTUS)
Altitude Express v. Zarda (SCOTUS)
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (SCOTUS)
PRP helped to organize an amicus brief in support of LGBT workers who had been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In this case, the Supreme Court is considering whether Title VII, federal law protecting employees from discrimination on the basis of race, sex, etc. protects LGBT workers.