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William J. Olson P.C.
Files 50th Supreme Court Brief



On May 13, 2011, with our amicus curiae brief in the Daniel Chapter One case, our firm had the privilege of making its 50th filing with the U.S. Supreme Court. This includes various types of filings: Petition for Certiorari, Jurisdictional Statement, Appellants' Brief, Reply Brief, Brief for Intervenor-Respondents, Amicus Brief at the Petition Stage, and Amicus Brief on the Merits.

Of course, most of these briefs have been amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs, and many have addressed a wide variety of Constitutional issues --

Article I Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article I Section 2 (Census, Apportionment Clause)
Article I Section 4 (Time, Places and Manners of Elections)
Article I Section 6 (Speech & Debate Clause)
Article I Section 8 (Commerce Clause, Naturalization Clause, General Welfare Clause, Necessary & Proper Clause)

Article II Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article II Section 2 (Invasion)
Article II (Appointments Clause, Commander-in-Chief)

Article III, Section 2 (Case and Controversy, Standing, Political Question)
Article III Section 1 (Judicial Power)

Article IV Section IV (Republican Form of Government, Invasion)Article VI (Preemption)

First Amendment (Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Right to Assemble, Right to Petition Government)
Second Amendment
Fourth Amendment
Fifth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection Component)
Tenth Amendment
Fourteenth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection, Privileges & Immunities)

Other briefs have addressed important statutory issues (U.N. Participation Act, Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Firearms Owners Protection Act, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Federal Election Campaign Act, etc.).

Our first Supreme Court filing was October 16, 1981, supporting the legality of President Reagan's action against striking air traffic controllers, which translates into 50 briefs in 30 years -- but we have been picking up the pace lately. Of course, we have also filed many other briefs in various U.S. District Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, State Supreme Courts, etc. (All of these filings since the late 1990's and some earlier briefs are available on this website, and we are working to post the older filings as well.)


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American Target Advertising, Inc.
v. Giani Amicus Brief
November 10, 1998

Our firm filed an amicus brief for the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund, et al. in the case of American Target Advertising, Inc. v. Francine A. Giani in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in support of appellant.
Census Case, U.S. Supreme Court November 3, 1998

Our firm filed an amicus brief for the National Citizens Legal Network, U.S. Border Control, Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, English First Foundation, and Policy Analysis Center in the case of Clinton v. Glavin in the United States Supreme Court in support of appellees.
Virginia Regulation of Nonprofits November 1998

This outline on "Virginia Regulation of Nonprofits" is from the continuing legal education course taught by Bill Olson in November 1998.
IRS Considerations For Nonprofit Organizations November 1998

This outline on "IRS Considerations For Nonprofit Organizations" is from the continuing legal education course taught by Bill Olson in November 1998.
Payment of Virginia Taxes and Available Exceptions November 1998

This outline on "Payment of Virginia Taxes and Available Exceptions" is from the continuing legal education course taught by Bill Olson in November 1998.
Comments of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc., Excise Taxes On Excess Benefit Transactions, Internal Revenue Service November 2, 1998

On behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc. we filed comments with the  Internal Revenue Service regarding the proposed regulations relating to the excise taxes on excess benefit transactions
Comments of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc., Excise Taxes On Excess Benefit Transactions, Department of Treasury October 5, 1998

On behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc. we filed comments with the Department of Treasury regarding the proposed regulations relating to the excise taxes on excess benefit transactions
Election Law Press Coverage October 1998

Bill Olson was a guest on Conservative Roundtable to discuss "Federal Election Laws."
Michael New Case
U.S. Supreme Court
March 23, 1998

Our firm filed an amicus brief for the National Citizens Legal Network in the case of New v. Cohen in the United States Supreme Court in support of petitioner Michael New.
Clinton Depostition Video Tape
Petition for Writ of Certiorari
U.S. Supreme Court
May 9, 1997

On behalf of Citizens United, our firm filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the case of Citizens United v. United States of America, et al. in the United States Supreme Court.
Term Limits Case Amicus Brief August 16, 1994

Our firm filed an amicus brief for Citizens United Foundation in the case of U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton in the United States Supreme Court.
National Awareness Foundation v.
State of New York Amicus Brief
1994

Our firm filed an amicus brief for the Free Speech Coalition, Inc. in the case of National Awareness Foundation v. State of New York in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Free Speech Press Coverage November 1993

Bill Olson was a guest on Conservative Roundtable to discuss "Threats to Free Speech."
C-SPAN2 Video of Bill Olson's Presentation at Free Speech Coalition Conference October 12, 1993

In this video, Bill Olson presented at the Free Speech Coalition Conference on free speech issues covered by C-SPAN2.
Michel v. Anderson Amicus Brief February 5, 1993

Our firm filed an amicus brief for the Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, Inc. in the case of Michel v. Anderson in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia supporting the plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction.

The U.S. House of Representatives had adopted a rule change permitting non-Member Delegates from the District of Columbia and the United States territories and the Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico to vote in violation of Article I of the Constitution.  Our amicus brief argued the exercise of voting rights by delegates would constitute an illegal and unconstitutional exercise of legislative power.
Legal Service for the Poor: Time for Reform June 1990

Bill Olson wrote an essay on improving "Program Monitoring" of the Legal Services Corporation published in the book Legal Service for the Poor: Time for Reform, Douglas J. Besharov, edt., AEI Press, 1990.
Henry v. Georgetown University 1989

Bill Olson and John Miles represented appellees Henry, et al. in this medical malpractice action where Georgetown University appeals a jury award.
Sandidge v. United States Amicus Brief 1986

We filed an amicus curiae brief for The Center for Judicial Studies and Gun Owners Foundation in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in this Second Amendment case.
Mandate for Leadership II: Continuing the Conservative Revolution December 1984

Bill Olson served a task force studying Export Controls, and contributed to the chapter written by Wayne A. Abernathy entitled Strategic Trade. This chapter was in a book edited and written by Stuart M. Butler, Michael Sanera, and W. Bruce Weinrod entitled Mandate for Leadership II: Continuing the Conservative Revolution, published by The Heritage Foundation, 1984.
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, et al. v. Raymond J. Donovan, et al. December 9, 1983

Representing Public Service Research Council, this brief urges the Supreme Court to uphold regulations issued by the Reagan administration properly implementing the Davis-Bacon Act.
Howard Ellis, et al. v. Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, et al. March 11, 1983

Representing Congressman Dickinson, this brief successfully urged the Supreme Court to grant certiorari to resolve the distinction between permissible and impermissible uses by unions of agency fees paid by those working men and woman who choose not to join unions but who are required to pay those fees under law.
"Deadline Nears for Legal Services Corporation" September 28, 1982

Bill Olson is mentioned as a Ronald Reagan nominee to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation.

Judge Norma Holloway Johnson's Memorandum Opinion
in Legal Services Corporation v. Dana, et al.
March 3, 1982

On December 31, 1981, President Reagan used his recess appointment power to appoint Bill Olson as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, as well as appointing a full slate of new directors. Shortly thereafter, Bill and the other Reagan appointees were sued by the Carter-appointed members of the Board of Directors. (The Complaint appears here.)

Among the plaintiffs in the case was former LSC Chairman Hillary Rodham (the name she then used), First Lady of Arkansas at the time. Ms. Rodham and her board asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to issue a temporary restraining order to enjoin Bill and the new board from acting as directors. As part of the defense of the case, Bill filed this Declaration in District Court.

The case was assigned to a Judge recently appointed by President Carter in February 1980 -- Judge Norma Holloway Johnson. However, Judge Johnson had no problem seeing through the Rodham theory, and denied the TRO. Judge Johnson explained her decision in her memorandum opinion in Legal Services Corporation v. Howard H. Dana, Jr., et al. 1982 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18320 (March 3, 1982). (Judge Johnson had a distinguished career, later serving as Chief Judge of that court, sentenced Congressman Dan Rostenkowski to prison for mail fraud, and presided over the grand jury investigation of President Bill Clinton.)

Jackson Transit Authority and The City of Jackson, Tennessee v. Local Division 1285, Amalgamated Transit Union, AFL-CIO-CLC January 14, 1982

This brief represents Public Service Research Council regarding whether Congress, in enacting the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, created a federal private right of action for employees of a municipally owned transit system for an alleged breach of a local collective bargaining agreement.

"Legal Aid Agency Limits Its Spending" January 2, 1982

This New York Times article quotes Bill Olson as the newly named chairman of the board and one of seven new directors of the Legal Services Corporation.

Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top One Hundred Officials January 1, 1982

Bill Olson was appointed by President Reagan as a Member, and Chairman, of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation in December 1981. His service in the Reagan Administration was profiled in the book Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top One Hundred Officials, by Ronald Brownstein and Nina Easton, published by the Public Accountability Group, 1982.
"Reagan Chooses Lawyer as Chief of Legal Aid Agency for the Poor" January 1, 1982

This New York Times article reports that President Reagan appointed Bill Olson as chairman of the Legal Services Corporation.

"Appointment of Seven Members of the Legal Services Corporation, and Designation of Acting Chairman" December 31, 1981

President Reagan designated Bill Olson as Acting Chariman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation.

Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, et al. v. United States of America October 16, 1981

Representing Public Service Research Council, this brief urges the Supreme Court to uphold President Reagan's firing of air traffic controllers engaged in illegal strike activity.

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