Amicus Curiae Brief Committee

The Amicus Curiae Brief Committee reviews all requests for amicus curiae participation by the WSBA, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding whether the WSBA should file an amicus curiae brief.

Amicus Curiae Brief Policy 

Notice of Request for WSBA to File Amicus Curiae Brief

The Washington State Bar Association Amicus Curiae Brief Committee is considering a request that the WSBA appear as amicus curiae in support of the plaintiffs at the summary judgment stage of a case currently pending in Pierce County Superior Court, Institute for Justice v. State of Washington, No. 13-2-10152-7. The Committee will consider this request at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. 

As described by the plaintiffs in their request, the case involves the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission’s (PDC) decision “to treat pro bono representation of political committees in federal civil rights cases as in-kind political contributions to the campaign.” The issues are more fully described in the plaintiffs’ request for amicus participation and the accompanying briefs of the parties and decision of the court on a motion for preliminary injunction in the case.    

Any person or entity may submit comments to the Committee and the Board of Governors on whether this request meets the criteria set forth in the WSBA Amicus Curiae Brief Policy, which can be viewed at the link above.

Comments should be addressed to Kirsten Schimpff, Assistant General Counsel, Washington State Bar Association, 1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539 or to

Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the WSBA Amicus Curiae Brief Committee will be on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at 12:15–1:30 p.m., at the WSBA offices.


Paul Graves

Staff Liaison
Kirsten Schimpff

Board of Governors Liaison
Mario Cava 

Recent Notices

Institute for Justice v. State of Washington, No. 13-2-10152-7

Ho Keung Tse v. Google Inc., et al., No 14692 (U.S.), No. 2014-1222 (Fed. Cir.), No. 3:13-cv-00194-SI (N.D. Cal.).


Archived Notices

Notice of Request for an Amicus Curiae Brief in State v. Joseph McEnroe and Michele Anderson (withdrawn)

Notice of Request for Amicus Curiae Brief in Nero v. Virginia Mason 

Notice of Request for Amicus Curiae Brief in Williamson v. Davidsson