By Judithanne Scourfield Mclauchlan
Scourfield McLauchlan experiences how participants of Congress perform situations ahead of the excellent court docket. individuals have filed amicus curiae briefs each time period on account that 1977. The frequency of Congressional participation prior to the courtroom maintains to upward thrust, and it's now a fixture in very best court docket litigation. McLauchlan examines how usually participants of Congress take part as "friend of the court," what forms of situations allure Congressional cognizance, what motivates Congressmen to dossier amicus briefs, and no matter if Congressional "friends of the court docket" impact excellent court docket decision-making. She explores the consequences of this development for the foundations of separation of powers and judicial independence.
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Senator [MCS15]. 151 Interview with retired Member of Congress [MC2]. 152 The average cost of filing an amicus brief on the merits would cost from $25,000 to $30,000 in 2002. Interview with Brian J. P. , 2 January 2002. 153 The Senate Select Committee on Ethics passed a resolution allowing Senators to accept pro bono legal services without having to declare it as a gift or contribution to their office and without having to establish a Legal Trust Fund. “Regulations regarding Disclosure of Certain Pro Bono Legal Services,” adopted by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics on 13 February 1997, printed in the Congressional Record 24 February 1997.
Bob Quinn, Mr. Matt Rodriguez, Mr. Alan Mattison, Mr. Mark Periello, Mr. Dave Friedman, Mr. Ron Klain, Mr. James E. Castello, Mr. Aaron Mendelsohn, Mr. Larry Kramer, Mr. Jack Corrigan, Mr. Nick Baldick, Mr. Ramsay McLauchlan, and Ms. Peggy A. Clark. Congress Befriends the Court 21 their service during the Warren Court (Congressman Ken Hechler) and who served for more than 30 years (Congressman Louis Stokes) as well as Members who were recently elected (Senator Zell Miller78). The sample consisted of Members who filed numerous amicus curiae briefs (Congresswoman Pat Schroeder79 and Senator Paul Simon80) and Members who did not sign on to amicus briefs at all (Congressman Buddy Darden).
S. 2 The Frequent Filers Name Cong. Joe Barton Briefs 11 Party R Cong. Howard Berman Cong. Thomas Bliley 14 10 D R Cong. Cardiss Collins 11 D Cong. Black Caucus Cong. John Conyers 11 14 D D Cong. William Dannemeyer Cong. Ron Dellums 12 R 12 D Cong. Robert Dornan 15 R Cong. Don Edwards Cong. Barney Frank Sen. Charles Grassley Sen. Orrin Hatch 22 15 12 14 D D R R Cong. Henry Hyde 18 R Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Cong. Robert Livingston 15 D 10 R Sen. Howard Metzenbaum Cong. Major Owens 10 D 11 D Cong.
Congressional Participation as Amicus Curiae Before the U.S. Supreme Court (American Legal Institutions) (American Legal Institutions) by Judithanne Scourfield Mclauchlan