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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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Nonprofit Law


Amicus Brief in National Taxpayers Union v. Social Security Administration (U.S. Supreme Court, May 11, 2009)

Free Speech Coalition Reply Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Docket No. PI2008 4 on the Cooperative Mail Rule (July 24, 2008)

Free Speech Coalition Initial Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Docket No. PI2008 4 on the Cooperative Mail Rule (June 24, 2008)

Free Speech Coalition Critique of House Efforts to Restrict Grassroots Lobbying (April 18, 2007)

Amicus Brief in United Seniors Association v. Social Security Administration (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, October 18, 2005)

Amicus Brief in Federal Election Commission v. Christine Beaumont, et al. (February 10, 2003)

Statement Presented on Charitable Solicitation to New York State Senate Committee on Consumer Protection on Behalf of Free Speech Coalition, Inc. (January 30, 2003)

Amicus Brief in James E. Ryan, Attorney General of Illinois v. Telemarketing Associates, Inc, et al. (January 23, 2003)

Amicus Brief in Aid Association for Lutherans v. United States Postal Service (November 15, 2002)

Comments of Free Speech Coalition, Inc. Regarding Temporary Regulations of Excise Taxes on Excess Benefit Transactions (IRS) (April 10, 2001)

Amicus Brief in American Target Advertising, Inc. v. Francine A. Giani, U.S. Supreme Court (May 15, 2000)

State of North Dakota v. Family Life Services, Inc., et al., (Reply Brief, May 15, 2000)

State of North Dakota v. Family Life Services, Inc., et al., (Statements of the Issues, May, 2000)

Comments of Free Speech Coalition, Inc. With Respect to the Study of Disclosure Provisions Relating to Tax-Exempt Organizations (Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives) (March 15, 2000)

State of North Dakota v. Family Life Services, Inc., et al. (February 22, 2000)

End of the Millennium Top Ten Nonprofit Tax Updates
(A Continuing Professional Education Course Taught, November 30, 1999)

Virginia Regulation of Nonprofits
(Outline for Continuing Legal Education Course Taught, November 1998)

IRS Considerations For Nonprofit Organizations
(Outline for Continuing Legal Education Course Taught, November 1998)

Payment of Virginia Taxes and Available Exceptions
(Outline for Continuing Legal Education Course Taught, November 1998)

Amicus Brief in American Target Advertising, Inc. v. Francine A. Giani (November 10, 1998)

Comments of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc.,
Excise Taxes On Excess Benefit Transactions (IRS) (November 2, 1998)

Comments of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc.,
Excise Taxes On Excess Benefit Transactions (Dept. of Treasury) (October 5, 1998)

Amicus Brief in National Awareness Foundation v. State of New York (1994)

Free Speech Coalition Website



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