LAW 316: U.S. Supreme Court: Briefs

Professor Philip Benesch, Spring 2017

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Before presenting their oral arguments, lawyers for both sides submit briefs, which summarize the facts of the case, provide supporting evidence, and detail the  legal reasoning behind their arguments.  

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Briefs are often also filed by "friends of the court" (amicus curiae). 

"Friends of the court" describes a person--or organization--who is not part of the lawsuit, but has a strong interest in the case.

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