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 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:

  1. Case name (full names of the parties) and number

  2. Procedural posture

  3. Briefing schedule/calendar (actual and possible extensions)

  4. Summary of facts

  5. Summary of issue(s) we should weigh in on

  6. Name and contact information of attorneys (trial, appellate, PCR)

  7. Any other considerations or relevant information

Email your memo as a Word document to

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

  • Erik Blumenthal

  • Lindsey Burrows (past Co-Chair)

  • Graham Fisher

  • Crystal Maloney

  • Jason Weber

  • Sara Werboff, (past Co-Chair)

  • Alex Wheatley

  • Justin Withem