Amicus Committee



For over twenty years, NCAWA's Amicus Committee has reviewed and produced amicus briefs in matters before the appellate courts relevant to the goals and mission of the organization. From sexual harassment to equitable distribution, domestic violence to adoption rights, NCAWA has remained at the forefront of ensuring that the voice and views of women and women attorneys are heard.
NCAWA has an Amicus Committee which reviews the materials provided by the requestor. A guiding factor in the determination of whether NCAWA should participate as amicus curiae is whether the issues in the case are connected to the goals of the organization. The final decision whether to participate rests with the Executive Committee. All approvals to participate are contingent upon finding a volunteer brief writer or joining another brief. The Amicus Committee Chair will also review the brief before it is filed, or recruit a reviewer to do so, in order to help ensure that the brief is of high quality and is compatible with the goals of the organization.

NCAWA's Amicus Brief Procedure

  1. Amicus Brief Request Form should be submitted to the Chair of the Amicus Brief Committee.The Chair then sends the Request form to the members of the Committee.
    • Any person may request that NCAWA participate as amicus curiae in an on-going case in state or federal court by contacting the Chair of the Amicus Committee.
    • The requestor does not need to be a party, the attorney representing a party, or even an NCAWA member.
    • The requestor must submit all materials necessary for a determination of whether
      NCAWA should participate (this may include a form that covers general information about the case; an opinion or order; a brief summary of the facts and/or issues; or a brief on the issues).
  2. The Committee shall deliberate on the request through email communications and conference call if necessary.
  3. If the Committee is unable to make a decision, or feels that the issue is of sensitive or controversial nature, they may submit the request to the NCAWA Board of Directors.
  4. The Chair shall let the requesting party know of the decision of the Committee and what positions we support.
  5. The Committee shall work with the requesting party to find an appropriate brief writer.
  6. The Committee Chair shall approve the brief before filing to ensure it adheres to acceptable professional standards and that it addresses the issues we support.
  7. The Committee shall strive to maintain a list of potential brief writers.

A copy of the Amicus Brief Request Form can be accessed here.

Amicus Briefs

The following is a list of cases in which NCAWA has authored, co-authored, and/or signed on to a state or national amicus brief:
Mason v. Dwinnell, 660 S.E.2d 58 (N.C. Ct. App. 2008)
Patronelli v. Patronelli, 360 N.C. 628, 636 S.E.2D 559 (2006)
Patronelli v. Patronelli, 629 S.E.2d 612 (N.C. Ct. App. 2006)
Whitt v. Harris Teeter, Inc., 359 N.C. 625, 614 S.E.2d 531 (2005)
Whitt v. Teeter, 359 N.C. 643, 614 S.E.2d 925 (2005)
Whitt v. Teeter, 611 S.E.2d 165 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005)
In re Roberts, 356 N.C. 660, 576 S.E.2d 327 (2003)
Salaam v. N.C. Dept. of Transp., 345 N.C. 494, 480 S.E.2d 51 (1997)
Forsyth Memorial Hosp., Inc. v. Chisholm, 342 N.C. 616, 467 S.E.2d 88 (1996)
State v. Torres, 330 N.C. 517, 412 S.E.2d 20 (1992)
Doe v. Holt, 332 N.C. 90 (1992)
In re Adoption of P.E.P., 329 N.C. 692, 407 S.E.2d 505 (1991)
Brown v. Burlington Industries, Inc., 325 N.C. 704, 387 S.E.2d 55 (1989)
Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 192 U.S. 490 (1989) - through Women's Legal Defense Fund and NARAL

Additional Information

For more information about the Amicus Committee, please contact NCAWA's Executive Director Alicia Young.


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