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William J. Olson P.C.
Files 75th Supreme Court Amicus Brief



On August 13, 2014, our firm had the privilege of filing its 75th amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Rudy v. Lee. In addition, we have made 12 other filings in the U.S. Supreme Court (for a total of 87 filings), such as: Petition for Certiorari, Jurisdictional Statement, Appellants' Brief, Reply Brief, and Brief for Intervenor-Respondents.

In addition to statutory issues, these briefs have addressed a wide variety of Constitutional issues:

Article I Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article I Section 2 (Census, Apportionment Clause)
Article I Section 4 (Time, Places and Manners of Elections)
Article I Section 6 (Speech & Debate Clause)
Article I Section 8 (Commerce Clause, Naturalization Clause, General Welfare Clause, Necessary & Proper Clause)

Article II Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article II Section 2 (Invasion)
Article II (Appointments Clause, Commander-in-Chief)

Article III, Section 2 (Case and Controversy, Standing, Political Question)
Article III Section 1 (Judicial Power)

Article IV Section IV (Republican Form of Government, Invasion)Article VI (Preemption)

First Amendment (Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Right to Assemble, Right to Petition Government)
Second Amendment
Fourth Amendment
Fifth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection Component)
Tenth Amendment
Fourteenth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection, Privileges & Immunities)

Other briefs have addressed important statutory issues (U.N. Participation Act, Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Firearms Owners Protection Act, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Federal Election Campaign Act, etc.).

Our first Supreme Court filing was October 16, 1981, supporting the legality of President Reagan's action against striking air traffic controllers. Of course, we have also filed many other briefs in various U.S. District Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, State Supreme Courts, etc. All of these filings since the late 1990's and some earlier briefs are available on this website, and we are working to post the older filings as well.


William J. Olson

Born Paterson, New Jersey, October 23, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Virginia, District of Columbia, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Fourth Circuit; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit and U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1971); University of Richmond (J.D., 1976). Phi Alpha Delta. Co-Author: "Debating National Health Policy," American Enterprise Institute, 1977; Author, "Tuition Tax Credits and Alternatives," American Enterprise Institute, 1978; Co-Author: "Executive Orders and National Emergencies How Presidents Have Come to 'Run the Country' by Usurping Legislative Power," CATO Institute, 1999. Secretary-Treasurer, Victims Assistance Legal Organization, 1979 -- . Transition Team Leader, Legal Services Corporation, Office of The President-Elect, 1980. Member and Chairman, Board of Directors, Legal Services Corporation, 1981-1982. Member, Subcommittee on Export Administration, President's Export Council, 1982-1984. Special Counsel, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, 1984-1986. Member: District of Columbia Bar; Virginia State Bar; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. (Also of Counsel to Gilman & Associates). Practice Areas: Constitutional Law; Business Law; Non-Profit Tax Law; Postal Law; Election Law; Civil Litigation.
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