Amicus Curiae

Amicus Briefs

APA works to advance planning through the judicial process by filing amicus curiae friend of the court briefs in select cases of national importance.

Read APA's recent amicus briefs and the related court decisions

Amicus Curiae Committee

Through the Amicus Curiae Committee's efforts, APA files "friend of the court" briefs in state and federal courts in cases of importance to the planning profession and the public interest.

Since 1985, it's been a standing committee of APA's Board of Directors and includes distinguished attorneys and planners from around the country.


John M. Baker
Founding Partner, Greene Espel PLLP


  • Deborah Rosenthal, FAICP
  • Brian Connolly 
  • Robert Eherenman
  • Stephen Miller
  • Carrie Richter
  • Sean Suder
  • Edward Sullivan
  • Julie Tappendorf 
  • Michael Wolf 

In 1990, the APA Board of Directors adopted formal procedures for the committee that include involving APA chapters in the deliberations.

To learn more about the activities of the Amicus Curiae Committee, please contact APA Staff Liaision Jason Jordan.