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Amicus Society Launched to Spotlight Legal Efforts, Add Staff Attorney

Amicus Society Logo [LoRes RGB]At the end of last year, we launched an Amicus Society for Delaware lawyers and others who are dedicated to supporting civil rights and civil liberties. Named for the “friend of the court” briefs that provide legal opinion on a case, the Amicus Society provides members with direct access to information on the most critical local and national civil liberties issues of the day. They are invited to an annual presentation by a nationally recognized expert on topics such as privacy in the digital age, turning back the war on drugs and modern day methods of discrimination in voting. Members also receive information on civil liberties issues—such as legal briefs and ACLU reports—electronically throughout the year.

In addition to engaging and informing lawyers and others who have a strong interest in civil liberties, the Amicus Society is a fundraising vehicle. While the ACLU-DE legal program has had many successes over the years, there are numerous opportunities we have been unable to pursue because we only have one lawyer on staff. Contributions by Amicus Society members helped us add a second lawyer to tackle even more issues in Delaware.

The inaugural Amicus Society event was a breakfast with Steve Shapiro, ACLU National’s legal director, on April Shapiro Breakfast April 1514th. Mr. Shapiro has been legal director since 1993, and served as associate legal director from 1987-1993. He has been counsel or co-counsel on more than 200 ACLU briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Amicus members had the opportunity to speak with him about the ACLU’s work at SCOTUS and heard the inside story about preparing to argue the upcoming marriage equality case.

To join the Amicus Society or request more information, please contact ACLU-DE legal director Richard Morse at rmorse@aclu-de.org or 302-654-5326 x103.

Amicus Society Membership

Charter Members

Silver Level

Rebecca L. Byrd, Esq.

Elizabeth M. McGeever, Esq.

Norman M. Monhait, Esq.

Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP

The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

 

Members

Melissa Allman, Esq.

Santino Ceccotti, Esq.

Alice Eakin

David M. Fry

Alan Garfield

Jeffrey S. Goddess, Esq.

Lawrence A. Hamermesh

Kathryn Jakabcin

Carolyn M. McNeice, Esq.

Grace Messner

Brendan O’Neill, Esq.

Pepper Hamilton LLP

B. Wilson Redfearn, Esq.

Joseph Rosenthal, Esq.

Lauren E.M. Russell

R. Jason Russell

Beth D. Savitz, Esq.

Carl Schnee

Bradley D. Sorrels

Professor Leland Ware

Christian Wright, Esq.

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