Appellate Section

Appellate Section

Hallway from the Department of Justice

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 Division’s substantive enforcement areas in representing the United States in civil rights cases in the federal courts of appeals. Many of the Section’s cases are appeals from district court judgments in cases originally handled by the Division’s 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 Division’s enforcement responsibilities, the Section files amicus curiae briefs in the courts of appeals to set forth the government’s position. The Section also works with the Solicitor General’s Office in developing the government’s 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 nation’s civil rights laws.

Recent Filings

Shaw v. Burke, click here for the Supplemental Statement of Interest (C.D. Cal. November 9, 2017)

Veasey v. Abbott, click here for the Brief as Appellee (5th Cir. October 27, 2017)

Shaw v. Burke, click here for the Statement of Interest (C.D. Cal. October 24, 2017)

A.R. v. Secretary, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, click here for the Brief as Appellant (11th Cir. October 18, 2017)

United States v. Whittington, click here for the Brief as Appellee (9th Cir. October 16, 2017)

Freyre v. Chronister (fna Gee), click here for the Brief as Intervenor (11th Cir. October 13, 2017)

Melendres v. Penzone, click here for the Response to Petition for Panel Rehearing (9th Cir. October 13, 2017)

Clark v. Virginia Department of State Police, click here for the Brief as Amicus (S. Ct. October 12, 2017)

United States v. Groce, click here for the Brief as Appellee (7th Cir. October 12, 2017)

General Information Appellate Section
Leadership 

Diana K. Flynn
Chief

Contact 

Appellate Section
(202) 514-2195
FAX - (202) 514-8490

 

Email: General Appellate Contact: crt.appellate@usdoj.gov

 

Amicus curiae suggestions may be submitted to crt.amicus@usdoj.gov. 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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