Welcome to Crist Law Center's new legal blog "The Amicus Curiae Gazette". I hope to present timely topics of interest to clients and the reading public alike.
Why Amicus Curiae? Well, the Latin translation is literally "friend of the court". In appellate cases third parties who are interested in the legal questions at issue will file "friend of the court" briefs in support of those questions that could impact the third party. Here the phrase is a nod to Crist Law Center's effort to close the "justice gap" by offering of unbundled legal services or limited scope representation to help individuals have greater access to justice helping even the playing field once in court. For years now bar associations, including the American Bar Association, have recognized the importance of attorneys being willing to deliver legal services in such a manner as it not only helps close this gap but provides benefits to overburdened courts facing increasing numbers of litigants representing themselves "pro se" without any legal guidance or professional support. Besides "amicus curiae" (pronounced ah-ME-ka-us Kyoor-EE-I) is a great phrase, and reflects the friendly and helpful side of being a lawyer.
Not to mention it is a heck of a lot better than...
The A Mensa et Thoro Gazette (translated: The From Bed & Table Gazette referring to a separation without a formal divorce which many folks who can't afford a big retainer get stuck with)
The Debellatio Gazette(translated: The Complete Annihilation Gazette...which may fit some!)
and definately better than,
The Pro Se Gazette(translated: The Person Who Goes It Alone In Court Gazette) which we definately do NOT want to see you do.