Munger, Tolles & Olson, acting as co-counsel with a coalition of civil rights groups, has filed an amicus curiae brief in a case challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.
The friend-of-the-court brief argues that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit should uphold an injunction issued in United States v. Arizona by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, which blocks implementation of the core provisions of SB 1070. The Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments in the appeal on November 1.
The coalition includes, among others, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, and the National Immigration Law Center. Munger Tolles lawyers worked with the same coalition in filing a separate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070, Friendly House V. Whiting, in May 2010. That lawsuit is still pending, having survived the bulk of the defendants' motions to dismiss.
The Munger Tolles attorneys who are working on the matter include Bradley S. Phillips, Paul J. Watford, Joseph J. Ybarra, Susan T. Boyd, Elisabeth J. Neubauer, Benjamin Maro, and Kimberley Morris.