Posted by: Ray Brescia | February 22, 2017

Albany Law Students Assist in Drafting Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of 167 Members of Congress Opposing Immigration Executive Order

Six First-Year law students at Albany Law School—Andrew Carpenter, Elyssa Klein, Mary Ann Krisa, Martha Mahoney, Graham Molho, and Gloria Sprague—provided research support to lawyers at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and the Constitutional Accountability Center, in drafting an amicus brief filed on behalf of 167 members of the United States Congress.  Led by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the brief was filed on behalf of these elected officials in the federal district court for the Eastern District of New York.  As the brief states, the Members of Congress are “committed to ensuring that our immigration laws and policies both help protect the nation from foreign and domestic attacks and comport with fundamental constitutional principles, such as religious freedom and equal protection under the law.”

The brief goes on, explaining that the Executive Order “is vastly overbroad—targeting both individuals and countries in a way that does nothing to further the Order’s stated purpose of ‘protect[ing] the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.’”

Read the brief here.

It was an honor to assist the students in providing this important service.

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