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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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“You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do it because you want to live longer; you\'re afraid that you will lose your job, or you\'re afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity or you\'re afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house, and so you refuse to take the stand. Well you may go on and live until you are 90, but you\'re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90! And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for right, you died when you refused to stand up for truth, you died when you refused to stand up for justice.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Amicus Curiae

The NYSACDL Amicus Curiae Committee assesses cases to determine whether they present an appropriate issue for NYSACDL participation. The focus of the Association’s inquiry is always the legal or constitutional issue, not whether we are sympathetic to a particular client. For the most part, the Committee looks for matters in the appellate courts in New York State and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. From time to time, we file amicus curiae briefs in the trial courts when an issue is of particular statewide or national importance. Members (and others) who know of an important issue that is coming up for review are encouraged to contact the Committee early in the process so as to permit us time to review the matter, to determine whether it presents an appropriate vehicle for NYSACDL participation and to seek an author to prepare the brief.

 

Members are encouraged to volunteer to join the Committee and to offer their time to prepare a brief for the Association or to edit such a brief.

 

For more information, contact Amicus Committee Co-Chairs Marshall Mintz or Marc Fernich, or  NYSACDL Executive Director Jennifer Van Ort at jlvanort@nysacdl.org.