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Report on ABA Amicus Briefs

By Stewart Greenleaf
August 15, 2002

According to a memo written by the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs, the American Bar Association has filed over fifty amicus briefs in the past decade. The Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs, which was created twenty-five years ago at the recommendation of Erwin Griswold, makes recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding the adequacy of proposed briefs that have been prepared by entities of the ABA for filing by the Association. The Standing Committee is comprised of five people and currently chaired by Nicholas J. Spaeth of Cooley Godward of Palo Alto.