The clinic -- a UCLA School of Law class, taught and supervised by Prof. Eugene Volokh -- represents
  • nonprofits and academics filing amicus curiae briefs 
  • in state and federal courts
  • in trial courts, intermediate appellate courts, and courts of last resort
  • on free speech and religious freedom
  • involving the First Amendment, state constitutional analog, and related statutes (such as anti-SLAPP statutes, 47 U.S.C. § 230, Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, and more).

The clinic will be operating in Fall 2013, and will be prepared to file amicus briefs that are due from September 20 to December 31 (assuming the brief can be drafted by December 1). Please e-mail us at amicusclinic@law.ucla.edu if you are

  • a nonprofit organization (including an ad hoc group of academics) and would like us to write and file an amicus brief for you, or
  • are a lawyer representing a party, and you’ve lined up a prospective amicus that needs a brief written and filed.

Please give us as much lead time as possible, and include in the e-mail at least the following information:

  • The name of the case.
  • The name of the prospective amicus.
  • The opinion below, if you are appealing.
  • The date that the amicus brief would be due.
  • The court in which the brief would be filed.
  • Your sense of what you would like the brief to generally say.

We generally do not do cases on other areas of the law, and we generally do not directly represent parties. We certainly cannot represent parties at the trial level, though we are happy to file amicus briefs in trial court, if the timing is right.

Eugene Volokh, who teaches the Clinic and who will be the Counsel of Record on the briefs (together with local counsel, when needed), has taught at UCLA School of Law since 1994. He is the author or coauthor of over 70 law review articles, about half of which are on First Amendment law; those articles have been cited over 120 times by court cases. He has also filed amicus briefs in state appellate courts in California, Indiana, Michigan, and New Mexico, in federal district court in Colorado, in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, and in the U.S. Supreme Court (both at the petition for certiorari stage and at the merits stage). He is a member of the American Law Institute​ and a former law clerk for now-Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.