AMICUS CURIAE RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association is asked periodically to file amicus curiae briefs in support of legal issues pending before the Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, those issues frequently involve matters of general public interest and/or questions which may be deemed controversial; and
WHEREAS, an ad hoc committee crated by the Chairman of the Board of Governors has considered the advisability of establishing guidelines to assist the Board of Governors in determining when the Association shall file such briefs; and
WHEREAS, the Committee believes that general guidelines will assist the Board in determining whether or not it is appropriate for the Association to file an Amicus Brief.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association shall, when asked to file an amicus brief, follow the following guidelines:
Requests for the filing of Amicus Curiae briefs directed to the Philadelphia Bar Association normally shall be submitted to and approved by the Board of Governors. Where time requires, approval may be provided by the Cabinet without referral to the full Board.
Amicus briefs shall be approved for filing ordinarily in the highest court where the issue is considered and where the issue is (a) of compelling interest to the Philadelphia legal community or (b) where a fundamental principle of law is at issue and where it is deemed that there is consensus of support on the issue by the Association membership.
PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: June 22, 1989