Wiley Represents Constitutional Law Scholars in Amicus Appellate Brief on State Law: Wiley

Press release

Wiley filed an amicus brief on behalf of eleven prominent constitutional law professors in support of a federal district court’s finding that key provisions of anti-immigration legislation enacted by the state of Florida are unconstitutional.

Deposit City of South Miami vs. Florida in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the amicus brief supports the district court’s findings and conclusions – reached after a six-day trial – that the enactment of Bill 168 of the Florida Senate was motivated by impermissible racial animosity in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The brief shows that the arguments advanced by the State on appeal are inconsistent with the analytical framework established by the Supreme Court of the United States in Village of Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation and would, if passed, prevent the Fourteenth Amendment from protecting individuals from racially discriminatory laws.

The amicus brief was written by Wiley partner Pro Bono Theodore Howard and associates Lukman Azez, Boyd Garriot, Nicole Hager, Nicholas Petersonand Lisa Rechden with support from Project Assistant Stacy Omosa and Senior Legal Assistant Darlene Hayes.

A copy of the amicus brief can be found here.