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Amicus Curiae - friend of the court briefs

URJ Amicus Briefs to the Supreme Court

Every year, the URJ signs onto a number of amicus curiae or friend of the court briefs, which express our opinions on cases related to issues of importance to our Movement. 

The following are descriptions of the United States Supreme Court cases for which we have signed onto amicus briefs in recent years.  You will also find summaries of and links to the briefs that we joined.  We will update this page as we continue to sign onto briefs this term and in the future.


2009: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
can a public university law school deny school funding and other benefits to a religious student organization because the group requires its officers and voting members to agree with its core religious viewpoints?
2009: Lewis v. Chicago
When an employer adopts an employment practice that discriminates against African Americans in violation of Title VII's disparate impact provision, must a plaintiff file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 300 days after the announcement of the practice, or may a plaintiff file a charge within 300 days after the employer's use of the discriminatory practice?
2009: Salazar v. Buono
Does an individual have Article III standing to bring an Establishment Clause suit challenging the display of a religious symbol on government land and, following a determination that the erection of the religious symbol violated the Establishment Clause, is an Act of Congress transferring the land to a private party an adequate to cure the Constitutional Violation?
2008: Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville
Does Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect a worker from dismissal for cooperating in an employer’s internal sexual-harassment investigation?
2008: Fitzgerald v. Barnstable
Does Title IX preempts additional, constitutional claims in sexual harassment cases?
2007: Boumediene/Al-Odah v. Bush
Do Federal courts have jurisdiction over habeas petitions filed by Guantanamo detainees?
2007: DC v. Heller
Does the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not members of state-regulated militias, but who wish to own firearms, including handguns?

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