Intl. Refugee Assistance v. Donald J. Trump

Filing 31

RESPONSE/ANSWER by Arab American Association of New York, Jane Doe #2, John Does #1 & 3, HIAS, Inc., International Refugee Assistance Project, Muhammed Meteab and Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. in 17-2231, Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #3, Jane Doe #4, Jane Doe #5, Jane Doe #6 and Iranian Alliances Across Borders in 17-2232, John Doe #1, Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #3, Sumaya Hamadmad, Fahed Muqbil and Eblal Zakzok in 17-2233, 17-2240 to Motion to accelerate case processing [28]. [17-2231, 17-2232, 17-2233, 17-2240] Omar Jadwat [Entered: 10/25/2017 07:06 PM]

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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROJECT, et al., Nos. 17-2231 (L), 17-2232, 17-2233 Plaintiffs-Cross-Appellants, v. DONALD TRUMP, et al., Defendants-Appellants. ______________________________ IRANIAN ALLIANCES ACROSS BORDERS, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. DONALD TRUMP, et al., Defendants-Appellants. ______________________________ EBLAL ZAKZOK, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. DONALD TRUMP, et al., Defendants-Appellants. IRAP PLAINTIFFS-CROSSAPPELLANTS’ RESPONSE TO MOTION TO EXPEDITE MERITS BRIEFING SCHEDULE The plaintiffs’ proposed schedule differs by a single week from the government’s. Specifically, the plaintiffs respectfully request that they be afforded three weeks to respond to the government’s opening brief, while the government has proposed that plaintiffs have only two. The plaintiffs’ proposed schedule—including plaintiffs’ proposed due date for their initial brief—is already highly expedited. Cf. F.R.A.P. 28.1(f). And in the previous appeal in this case, this Court provided plaintiffs the same amount of time to file their principal brief that they are currently requesting. Shortening that time could unnecessarily compromise plaintiffs’ ability to fully respond to the government’s brief, particularly in light of the requirement that plaintiffs in three separate cases, each represented by separate groups of counsel, coordinate their response, see L.R. 28(a), (d). The government has not identified any concrete harm that will result if the briefing on this appeal takes a total of seven weeks rather than six, and none exists. Nor has the government demonstrated that providing the additional week would prevent the Supreme Court from hearing a subsequent appeal this Term—or explained why the plaintiffs’ time to respond should be shortened in order to accommodate the government’s 2 preference regarding the scheduling of a subsequent appeal, even if that were the case. 1 In any event, even under plaintiffs’ proposed schedule, the appeal will be fully briefed before the end of the Court’s scheduled December sitting. And if an earlier cross-appeal reply deadline would facilitate the Court’s consideration of the appeal, the plaintiffs could file their cross-appeal reply brief on Monday, December 4. For these reasons, plaintiffs respectfully request that the Court set the plaintiffs’ proposed schedule, which will expedite the appeal while allowing plaintiffs a full and fair opportunity to respond: Appellants’ brief: November 1, 2017 Response/Cross-Appellants’ brief: November 22, 2017 Reply/Cross-Appellees’ brief: November 29, 2017 Cross-Appellants’ reply brief: December 6, 2107 1 That is especially true given that earlier in this litigation, the government was content to allow the Supreme Court’s merits review to occur in a subsequent Term, see App. Stay, No. 16A1190 at 40 (U.S. filed June 1, 2017). 3 Dated: October 25, 2017 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Omar C. Jadwat Omar C. Jadwat Lee Gelernt Hina Shamsi Hugh Handeyside Sarah L. Mehta David Hausman American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 Tel: (212) 549-2600 Fax: (212) 549-2654 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) Karen C. Tumlin Nicholas Espíritu Melissa S. Keaney Esther Sung National Immigration Law Center 3435 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1600 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Tel: (213) 639-3900 Fax: (213) 639-3911 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) Justin B. Cox National Immigration Law Center PO Box 170208 Atlanta, GA 30317 Tel: (678) 279-5441 Fax: (213) 639-3911 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) Cecillia D. Wang Cody H. Wofsy Spencer E. Amdur American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 39 Drumm Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Tel: (415) 343-0770 Fax: (415) 395-0950 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) Kathryn Claire Meyer Mariko Hirose International Refugee Assistance Project 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor New York, New York 10006 Tel: (646) 459-3044 Fax: (212) 533-4598 4 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) David Cole Daniel Mach Heather L. Weaver American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 915 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Tel: (202) 675-2330 Fax: (202) 457-0805 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) David Rocah Deborah A. Jeon Sonia Kumar Nicholas Taichi Steiner American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 350 Baltimore, MD 21211 Tel: (410) 889-8555 Fax: (410) 366-7838 (IRAP, et al. Plaintiffs) Mark H. Lynch Mark W. Mosier Herbert L. Fenster Jose E. Arvelo John W. sorrenti Karun Tilak COVINGTON & BURLING LLP One City Center 850 10th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001 Tel: (202) 662-6000 Fax: (202) 662-6302 (I.A.A.B., et al. Plaintiffs) Johnathan Smith Sirine Shebaya MUSLIM ADVOCATES P.O. Box 66408 Washington, D.C. 20035 Tel: (202) 897-2622 Fax: (415) 765-1774 (I.A.A.B., et al. Plaintiffs) Richard B. Katskee Eric Rothschild Andrew L. Nellis AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE 1310 L St. NW, Ste. 200 Washington, D.C. 2005 Rebecca G. Van Tassell COVINGTON & BURLING LLP 1999 Avenue of the Stars 5 Tel: (202) 466-3234 Fax: (202) 466-3353 (I.A.A.B., et al. Plaintiffs) Los Angeles, California 90067 Tel: (424) 332-4800 Fax: (424) 332-4749 (I.A.A.B., et al. Plaintiffs) Lena F. Masri Gadeir Abbas Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 453 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003 Tel.: (202) 488-8787 Fax: (202) 488-0833 (Zakzok, et al. Plaintiffs) Charles E. Davidow Robert A. Atkins Liza Velazquez Andrew J. Ehrlich Steven C. Herzog PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP 1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019-6064 Tel.: (212) 373-3000 Fax: (212) 757-3990 (Zakzok, et al. Plaintiffs) Jethro Eisenstein Profeta & Eisenstein 45 Broadway, Suite 2200 New York, New York 10006 Tel.: (212) 577-6500 Fax: (212) 577-6702 (Zakzok, et al. Plaintiffs) Faiza Patel Michael Price Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law 120 Broadway, Suite 1750 New York, NY 10271 Tel.: (646) 292-8335 Fax: (212) 463-7308 (Zakzok, et al. Plaintiffs) 6 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on this 25th day of October, 2017, I caused a PDF version of the foregoing document to be electronically transmitted to the Clerk of the Court, using the CM/ECF System for filing and for transmittal of a Notice of Electronic Filing to all CM/ECF registrants. Dated: October 25, 2017 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Omar Jadwat Omar C. Jadwat CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE Pursuant to FRAP 32(g)(1), I hereby certify that the foregoing corrected motion complies with the type-volume limitation in FRAP 27(d)(2)(A). According to Microsoft Word, the motion contains 349 words and has been prepared in a proportionally spaced typeface using Times New Roman in 14 point size. Dated: October 25, 2017 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Omar Jadwat Omar C. Jadwat

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