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Appellate Section
The Appellate Section was created in 1974 as a component of the Civil Rights Division. The Section works cooperatively with the trial sections in each of the Divisionís substantive enforcement areas in representing the United States in civil rights cases in the federal courts of appeals. Many of the Sectionís cases are appeals from district court judgments in cases originally handled by the Divisionís trial sections.

The Appellate Section also monitors federal civil rights cases in which the United States is not a party. In many of these cases, especially those that involve developing or problematic areas of civil rights law or that may significantly affect the Divisionís enforcement responsibilities, the Section files amicus curiae briefs in the courts of appeals to set forth the governmentís position. The Section also works with the Solicitor Generalís Office in developing the governmentís position in Supreme Court cases involving civil rights issues. In addition, the Section provides legal counsel to other components of the Division regarding civil rights issues.

Since its formation, the Appellate Section has been involved in numerous significant cases that have shaped federal civil rights jurisprudence. The Section works to provide the highest standards of legal representation to the government in the administration and enforcement of the nationís civil rights laws.

Recent Filings
Green v. Brennan, click here for the Brief as Respondent (S. Ct. July 28, 2015)
Ali v. Quarterman, click here for the Brief as Amicus (5th Cir. July 17, 2015)
Austin Apartment Association v. City of Austin, click here for the Brief as Amicus (5th Cir. July 13, 2015)
Levorsen v. Octapharma Plasma, click here for the Reply Brief as Amicus (10th Cir. June 26, 2015)
Diaz-Colon v. United States, click here for the Brief in Opposition (S. Ct. June 23, 2015)
General Information Appellate Section
Diana K. Flynn
Appellate Section
(202) 514-2195
FAX - (202) 514-8490
General Appellate Contact:

Amicus curiae suggestions may be submitted to Submissions should include case name, docket number, circuit/district court name, a brief description of the case and issue, and the current status if known.

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