Amicus curiae (or “friend-of-the-court”) briefs are filed so that parties outside of a case may contribute important facts or legal arguments for consideration by a court. Pillar files such briefs in cases in order to develop First Amendment arguments when they are not addressed by the parties in a case or to supplement arguments for free speech and association.
If you know of a case where you believe our input would be valuable, please contact us.
Texas Ethics Commission v. Sullivan (2016)
This brief was filed with the Texas Supreme Court, arguing that the court should review the state’s lobbying registration law. The case challenges a $10,000 fine against made against a citizen activist for e-mailing legislators.
Cary v. Texas (2015)
In this brief, filed in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Pillar argues that the Texas Attorney General’s Office unconstitutionally applied the state’s bribery, money laundering and organized crime statutes to what were actually campaign finance violations.
In December, 2016, the court reversed the Carys’ convictions, and cited Pillar’s brief in its opinion in Stacy Cary’s case.
Building Industry Association of Washington v. Utter (2015)
Pillar filed this brief with the United States Supreme Court, urging the Court to hear the case and reinforce free speech protections against burdensome campaign finance laws. The brief argues that organizations such as BIAW should not be subject to comprehensive campaign finance disclosure laws since they do not have the major purpose of engaging in elections.