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Six first-year law students at Albany Law School—Andrew Carpenter, Elyssa Klein, Mary Ann Krisa, Martha Mahoney, Graham Molho, and Gloria Sprague—provided research support to lawyers at the firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and the Constitutional Accountability Center in drafting two amicus briefs recently filed on behalf of 165 members of the United States Congress. The briefs, filed in the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (International Refugee Assistance Project v. Donald J. Trump) and the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (State of Hawaii v. Donald J. Trump), argued that the Trump administration's executive order limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries was “vastly overbroad—targeting both individuals and countries in a way that does nothing to further the Order’s stated purpose of ‘protect[ing] the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.’”
The briefs also stated that the members of Congress are “committed to ensuring that our immigration laws and policies both help protect the nation from foreign and domestic attacks and comport with fundamental constitutional principles, such as religious freedom and equal protection under the law.”
In February, the six students assisted on a brief filed in the
federal district court for the Eastern District of New York (Hameed Khalid Darweesh and People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump) on behalf of 167 members of Congress, led by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Representative Zoe Lofgren of California.
The research assistance was provided under the guidance of Albany Law School Associate Professor