The Amicus Curiae Program is a competitive opportunity that enables NBLSA students to empower communities by drafting and submitting amicus curiae briefs supporting judicial decisions affecting minority communities, particularly the African American Community. Participation in this program allows students the opportunity to research current appellate cases and assist in the preparation of briefs that advocate for reforms consistent with NBLSA's initiatives.
This program is rooted in an impressive history of judicial advocacy on behalf of BLSA chapters around the country. In 2003, BLSA chapters from Harvard Law School, Stanford Law and Yale Law School came together to file an amicus brief in support of the University of Michigan's affirmative action program at issue in Grutter v. Bollinger. It is the hope of NBLSA's Amicus Curiae Program to continue this legacy of groundbreaking work that promotes the interests of African Americans. In past years, the Amicus Curiae Program has partnered with law firms and non-profit organizations to file briefs that support child welfare and juvenile justice issues in addition to issues of immigration reform. Despite the great strides that have been made towards equality for the African American community, there is still much to accomplish. We, as African American law students, have the responsibility to aid in the success and empowerment of our community. The Amicus Curiae Program represents just one of the unique initiatives by NBLSA to assist in this effort.
Recent Amicus Brief Filings
Fisher v. Texas
NBLSA submits brief to the Supreme Court in the Landmark case Affirmative Action case Fisher v. Texas arguing "Assertions That Limiting the Number of Minority Students on College Campuses Would Improve Cross-Racial Interactions are Simply Advocating Racial Tokenism."
Miller v. Alabama & Jackson v. Hobbs
The document above is a joint filing on behalf of NBLSA and the Juvenile Law Center jointly advocating for the petitioners in Miller and its companion case Jackson v. Arkansas.
Friendly House v. Whiting Brief
The document above is a joint amicus filing on behalf of NBLSA, the Asian American Institute, and other advocacy organizations opposing Arizona's SB 1070 legislation.
J.D.B v. State of North Carolina Brief
The document above is a amicus filing on behalf of the Juvenile Law Center and NBLSA. The filing addresses the issue of assessing the effect of age in determining whether a child is in custody for purposes of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).