Through our amicus curiae ("friend of the court") project, we provide amicus assistance to cases in Oregon that present significant social justice issues related to criminal defense, civil rights, or juvenile justice, or are of particular importance to communities typically underserved by the legal system.
As part of our mission to advance civil rights and liberties through advocacy, we draft as well as sign on to amicus briefs on cutting-edge social justice issues facing Oregon courts. Amicus curiae briefs are an important way in which we contribute our analysis of significant but undeveloped aspects of critical cases.
how to request an amicus brief
If you are in the process of litigating a case and would like us to submit an amicus brief on your behalf, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot guarantee that we will be willing to write a brief for every submission, but we do thoroughly review all submissions for merit.
Please provide a short memo summarizing the following in your submission to us:
Case name (full names of the parties) and number
Briefing schedule/calendar (actual and possible extensions)
Summary of facts
Summary of issue(s) we should weigh in on
Name and contact information of attorneys (trial, appellate, PCR)
Any other considerations or relevant information
Email your memo as a Word document to email@example.com.
Miguel Cabrera-Cruz v Oregon
Oregon v Hickman (via Oregon Innocence Project)
Oregon v Johnson (via Oregon Innocence Project)
Oregon v Dye (via Oregon Innocence Project)
Reeves v Nooth (via Oregon Innocence Project)
Oregon v Dye (Reply via Oregon Innocence Project)
In the Matter of A. E. P., a Child. DHS v. K. A. H. (via Oregon Innocence Project)
State v. Norgren (Oregon Court of Appeals)
Eklof v. Steward (via Oregon Innocence Project)
State v. Norgren (Oregon Supreme Court)
State v. Black (via Oregon Innocence Project)
The OJRC Lawyers' Committee
The Committee is authorized to decide that we will participate as amicus. The members of the Committee are:
Sarah Laidlaw, Chair
Lindsey Burrows (past Co-Chair)
Sara Werboff, (past Co-Chair)