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An amicus brief – also known as an amicus curiae or “friend of the court brief” – is a brief filed in a court case by a person or group that is not an actual party to the lawsuit. Amicus briefs are intended to bring matters to the court’s attention that the parties involved in the case may not bring. The Goldwater Institute files amicus briefs in a wide range of cases, and many have been cited in the opinions issued by the court – further extending our nationwide impact.

  • Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Kathleen M. Winn

    Posted on August 06, 2010 | Type: Amicus Brief

    Arizona’s tax credit program provides scholarships for children to attend both secular and sectarian private schools. There is no factual support for the Ninth Circuit’s conclusion that Arizona pressures parents into choosing religious private schools over all other diverse and readily available options. When the system is considered as a whole, it becomes clear that Arizona not only provides numerous non-religious schooling options for parents, it also funds these options at a much higher level than the indirect assistance provided to parents through the tax credit program. Arizona law does not compel parents to choose religious private schools. If anything, Arizona’s policies skew heavily in favor of secular options.

  • Arizona School Choice Trust v. Winn

    Posted on March 26, 2010 | Type: Amicus Brief

    There is no factual support for the Ninth Circuit’s conclusion that Arizona pressures parents into choosing religious private schools over all other diverse and readily available options. When the system is considered as a whole, it becomes clear that Arizona not only provides numerous non-religious schooling options for parents, it also funds these options at a much higher level than the indirect assistance provided to parents through the tax credit program. Arizona law does not compel parents to choose religious private schools. If anything, Arizona’s policies skew heavily in favor of secular options.

  • McDonald v. City of Chicago

    Posted on November 23, 2009 | Type: Amicus Brief

    The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded.

  • Alvarez v. Smith

    Posted on August 01, 2009 | Type: Amicus Brief

    With states and cities struggling with deficits, one fertile source of revenue has been money or property seized by police in possible connection with crimes. Not to be left behind, Illinois has pursued this tactic aggressively, using a law which encourages both police departments and prosecutors to take property for forfeiture, long before the accused ever get their day in court.

  • Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder

    Posted on February 25, 2009 | Type: Amicus Brief

    The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One V. Holder.

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