AMICUS PRACTICE

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.


Filed Briefs:

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.

10.3.19 - Brief filed in support of Cook County and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in the Northern District of Illinois]

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.

9.12.19 - Brief filed in support of San Francisco, Santa Clara, and California in the Northern District of California

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.

9.9.19 - Brief filed in support of San Francisco and Santa Clara in the Northern District of California

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. 

5.23.18 - Brief filed in support of Santa Monica in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

7.10.19 - Brief filed in support of Santa Monica’s opposition to rehearing en banc in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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. 

8.28.18 - Brief filed in support of Philadelphia in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals

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. 

3.11.19 - Brief filed in support of the Zabriskies in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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. 

4.9.19 - Brief filed in support of State Attorneys General’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction

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. 

7.3.19 - Brief filed in support of LGBT Plaintiffs in the Supreme Court of the United States