International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al

Filing 116

MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Brief of the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center by Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit 1-Proposed Amicus Brief, # 3 Memorandum in Support for Motion for Leave)(Nannis, Veronica)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND (SOUTHERN DIVISION) INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROJECT, et al., Plaintiffs, vs. DONALD J. TRUMP, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 8:17-CV-00361-TDC MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF THE RODERICK AND SOLANGE MACARTHUR JUSTICE CENTER IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center respectfully requests leave to file the attached amicus curiae brief in support of Plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order. Plaintiffs consent to the filing of the amicus brief; the Government takes no position on this motion. The MacArthur Justice Center is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1985 by the family of J. Roderick MacArthur to advocate for human rights and social justice through litigation. The MacArthur Justice Center has represented clients facing a myriad of human rights and civil rights injustices, including issues of discrimination, the unlawful detention of foreign nationals, and the rights of marginalized groups in the United States’ justice system. The MacArthur Justice Center has an interest in the independent role of the judiciary in determining whether government officials have acted with discriminatory animus. The MacArthur Justice Center seeks to submit its brief to inform the Court’s analysis of animus, including through historic information that preceded the present action, and to contextualize this dispute in the history of judicial scrutiny of discriminatory government actions. The Court has broad discretion to grant leave to file as amicus curiae. See Bryant v. Better Bus. Bureau of Greater Md., Inc., 923 F. Supp. 720, 728 (D. Md. 1996). “[T]he aid of amici curiae has been allowed at the trial level where they provide helpful analysis of the law” or where “they have a special interest in the subject matter of the suit.” Id.; see also Washington Gas Light Co. v. Prince George’s Cty. Council, No. DKC 08-0967, 2012 WL 832756, at *3 (D. Md. Mar. 9, 2012). WHEREFORE, the MacArthur Justice Center respectfully requests leave to file the amicus brief attached as Exhibit 1 to the Motion. Dated: March 13, 2017 Respectfully submitted, ______________/s/________________ Amir H. Ali signed by Veronica Nannis with permission of Amir H. Ali) Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center 718 7th St. NW Washington D.C. 20036 P: (202) 869-3434 F: (202) 689-3435 Email: (Pro Hac Vice admission pending) 2 JOSEPH, GREENWALD & LAAKE, P.A. /s/ Veronica Nannis, Bar No. 15679 6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 400 Greenbelt, Maryland 20770 301.220.2200 (T) / 301.220.1214 (F) Local Counsel for Amicus MacArthur Justice Center 3

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