ami·​cus | \ ə-ˈmē-kəs How to pronounce amicus (audio) , -ˈmī- How to pronounce amicus (audio) \
plural amici\ ə-​ˈmē-​ˌkē How to pronounce amici (audio) , -​ˈmī-​ˌsī \

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Recent Examples on the Web Matorin’s argument was echoed in amicus briefs filed by other landlords and their trade groups around the state. Tim Logan,, "As Mass. eviction ban heads to court, it’s attracting attention nationwide," 29 July 2020 The university has signed an amicus brief in support of Harvard and MIT’s lawsuit and a letter from the American Council of Education that will be submitted next week to congressional leaders. Alia Malik,, "UT San Antonio, going mostly virtual, will work to preserve visas of international students with in-person classes," 10 July 2020 Several other universities, including Penn State, Duke, the University of Michigan, and Stanford, have also filed what are known as amicus briefs in support of the Harvard and MIT lawsuit. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "‘I feel like I am not welcome’: Medical, doctoral students from abroad grapple with uncertainty from new ICE rules," 10 July 2020 The amicus brief filed this week backs the Virginia attorney general’s suit—citing not just human rights, but a business case. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz at Work, "Large businesses have come out in support of the ERA—including some with sexist histories," 3 July 2020 Emma’s story focuses on the amicus brief—signed by 93 organizations—in support of the ERA. Fortune, "It’s time to focus on the state of healthcare for Black women," 1 July 2020 Along with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, these schools filed an amicus brief in August, warning that such revisions would threaten their ability to exercise their faith freely. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Religious colleges fear Supreme Court transgender decision will endanger single-sex dorms and women's sports," 18 June 2020 Last summer, more than 200 major businesses signed an amicus brief arguing that LGBTQ employees should enjoy federal protections from job discrimination. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "Fortune 500 CEOs praise landmark LGBTQ anti-discrimination ruling," 16 June 2020 Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr on Friday filed an amicus brief in county court suggesting that an Alabama death row inmate convicted of killing a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy in 1998 be granted a new trial. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Jeffco DA files amicus brief supporting new trial for Alabama death row inmate Toforest Johnson," 12 June 2020

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Amicus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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ami·​cus | \ ə-ˈmē-kəs, -ˈmī- How to pronounce amicus (audio) \
plural amici\ -​ˈmē-​ˌkē, -​ˈmī-​ˌsī How to pronounce amici (audio) \

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