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Americans United For the Separation of Church and State

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In 1947 a group of political, religious, and educational leaders, fearful that advocates of parochial school education were mounting a drive for public financial subsidies, formed Americans...

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Americans With Disabilities Act

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) brought civil rights protections enjoyed by other minority groups to people with disabilities. An earlier law, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, had...

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Amicus Brief

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An amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief is filed by someone not a party to the case but interested in the legal doctrine to be developed there because of ...

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amicus curiae

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[Latin: friend of the court or tribunal]

A non-party who gives evidence before the court so as to assist it with research, argument, or submissions. For example, in the House of...

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Zayn Al-Din Ibn ʿali Ibn Ahmad al- ʿamili

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(d. a.h. 966/1559 c.e.).

The Imami jurist Zayn al-Din ibn ʿAli ibn Ahmad al-ʿAmili, known as al-Shahid al-Thani (Shahid II, the “Second Martyr”), was born and raised in Jabal ʿAmil...

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American Insurance Company v. Canter

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1 Pet. (26 U.S.) 511 (1828), argued 8, 10, 11 Mar. 1828, decided 15 Mar. 1828 by vote of 7 to 0; Marshall for the Court. Questions of federalism were among the most difficult confronting...

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Amistad Mutiny

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Rebellion of Africans held captive aboard the slave ship La Amistad that occurred in July 1839 off the northern coast of Cuba.

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American Judicature Society

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A nonpartisan organization consisting of judges, lawyers, and lay people who share an interest in improving the administration of justice. The American Judicature Society (AJS) seeks to...

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American Law Institute

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The American Law Institute (ALI) is an independent, nongovernmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of the law. Its members include law professors, practicing lawyers,...

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American Library Association, United States v.

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539 U. S. 194 (2003). Argued 5 March 2003, decided 23 June 2003 by vote of 6 to 3; Rehnquist for the Court, Kennedy and Breyer concurring, Stevens, Souter, and ...

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