THE NCDD AMICUS COMMITTEE

The National College for DUI Defense Amicus Committee serves one of the most important goals of the College: to protect the rights of drivers accused of impairment offenses nationwide.

With that goal in mind, the Amicus Committee has filed briefs as ‘friends of the court’ in many of the most important cases decided in the area of DUI and DWI Law. The committee is comprised of approximately twenty of the top DUI and DWI attorneys in the nation, who volunteer their time and effort to author briefs that have been filed in the Supreme Court of the United States as well as before the state supreme courts across the country. Often, the entire 2000 attorney membership will contribute items to the brief.

The amicus briefs of the National College of DUI defense have been cited and referenced in significant cases involving:

  • the legality of roadblocks and checkpoints
  • the confrontation rights of persons involving alcohol testing in crime labs
  • the validity and admissibility of drug recognition testing
  • and many more

Amicus briefs of the NCDD have been filed and accepted in the following cases (partial list):

  • Ilinois v. Lidster
  • Bullcoming v. New Mexico
  • Birchfield v. North Dakota
  • Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
  • and many more

Members of the NCDD who are interested in joining the Amicus Committee should send an email to the Chair of the Amicus Committee or the Dean of the College.

If you are an attorney requesting that NCDD file an amicus brief in a case of interest, please send an email to rhea@ncdd.com along with:

  • A brief statement of the issue(s) of interest
  • Copies of the lower court opinion that is the subject of the appeal
  • Copies of any briefs previously filed
  • Due dates for the brief (if any)
  • Special requirements for filing of an amicus brief (pro hac vice etc.)
  • Due to the volunteer nature of our services, NCDD does not file briefs in support of PLA’s or briefs in cases pending anywhere other than the highest state courts or SCOTUS