Amicus Curiae Jurisdiction Brief, United States of America v. Edith Schlain Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. 2013)

April 03, 2013
Dechert’s amicus brief on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was filed on behalf of a sitting federal bankruptcy judge on behalf of Respondent Edith Schlain Windsor. In addition to addressing generally the issues of jurisdiction and standing, the distinct contribution of this brief was to discuss (1) the Supreme Court’s use of amicus curiae to ensure adversarial presentations, and (2) the correctness and relevance of the Court’s decision in INS v. Chadha, 462 U.S. 919 (1983). Dechert attorneys G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. (counsel of record), Collin O’Connor Udell, Matthew J. Delude, Constance Beverley, Kate O’Keeffe, Mark P. DiPerna, Alicia M. Farley, Victoria Campbell Fitzpatrick, Rani Habash, Amy Thayer, Michael J. Sullivan, Anna Do, and Brian Raphel filed the amicus curiae brief in support of Respondent.