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2017 NAPABA Lobby Day

AMICUS BRIEFS

MARCH 2017

Hawai`i v. Trump (U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii) | NAPABA filed a brief in support of the State of Hawaii's challenge to the March 6, 2017, revised executive order barring individuals from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States. NAPABA’s amicus brief describes decades of statutory exclusion of citizens of Asian and Pacific Island countries under early U.S. immigration law. The brief explains that presidential discretion in the area of immigration and refugee admission, while broad, is limited by statute. NAPABA argues that President Trump’s revised order, motivated by anti-Muslim purpose, violates the unambiguous prohibition on discrimination established by Congress. (3/12/2017)


NOVEMBER 2016

Lee v. Tam (Supreme Court of the United States) | NAPABA and a national coalition of bar associations of color and the national LGBT Bar supported the petitioner, the U.S. government, in a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act by an Asian American band, “The Slants,” stemming from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s denial to register the band's trademark. (11/16/2016)


FEBRUARY 2016

Pro Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) | NAPABA and Native American bar associations filed a brief in support of the defendants and in affirmance of the district court ruling upholding the cancellation of a trademark by a football team, which uses a racial slur against Native Americans. (2/11/2016)


OCTOBER 2015

Abigail Noel Fisher, Petitioner, v. University of Texas at Austin, et al., Respondents. (Supreme Court of the United States) | NAPABA as part of the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC) supported the respondents, the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious undergraduate admissions policy. (10/30/2015) 


JULY 2015

In re Simon Shiao Tam (Fed. Cir. en banc) | NAPABA supported the appellee, the U.S. government, in a challenge by an Asian American band, “The Slants,” to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register the band’s mark. (7/23/2015)