MedChi is committed to advocating on behalf of its members in front of all branches of government, not merely the Maryland General Assembly. MedChi routinely engages in judicial advocacy at all levels of the Maryland court system and federal court system. This advocacy often takes the form of writing and filing amicus curiae briefs with whatever court in which the litigation is pending. An amicus curiae (Latin for “friend of the court”) brief is a piece of persuasive legal writing filed with the court that advocates a particular position or merely tries to clarify or elucidate certain issues of dispute in the litigation. An amicus is not a party to the litigation, but is an individual or group with an interest in the outcome, and they seek to offer information, expertise, and insight in order to advocate for the court to adopt their position. This chart details the judicial cases that MedChi has been involved in, using our expertise as the statewide professional association for licensed physicians to fulfill our mission of serving as Maryland’s foremost advocate and resource for physicians, their patients, and the public health.
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