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Washington Post Article Discusses SLLC Brief

Read about the SLLC's novel argument in Wood v. Moss

National Law Journal Article about the SLLC

Center Advocates for State and Local Governments discusses the SLLC’s mission, history, current amicus activity

SLLC February 2014 Newsletter

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The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) files amicus curiae briefs in support of state and local governments in the U.S. Supreme Court, conducts moot courts for attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court, and provides other assistance to States and local governments in connection with Supreme Court litigation. 

SLLC Cases Recently Decided

Martin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States 

An abandoned railroad right-of-way granted by the General Railroad Right of Way Act of 1875 goes to the person who has acquired the land underlying the right-of-way rather than the United States.  (Summary)

Sprint Communications Company v. Jacobs

Younger abstention only applies in three “exceptional circumstances.”  (Summary)

SLLC Briefs Recently Filed

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius

Whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to for-profit, closely held secular corporations (Summary)

Wood v. Moss

Whether moving anti-Bush protesters about one block further from the President than pro-Bush demonstrators is viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.  Whether the lower court evaluated the viewpoint discrimination claim at too high a level of generality when it denied the Secret Service agents qualified immunity. (Summary

Plumhoff v. Rickard

Whether police are entitled to qualified immunity for the use of deadly force in a high speed chase.  (Summary)

McCullen v. Coakley

Whether a state law prohibiting speech within 35-feet of a reproductive health care facility violates the First Amendment.  (Summary)