Amicus Committee

THE NCDD AMICUS COMMITTEE

The National College for DUI Defense Amicus Committee serves one of the most important goals of the College: to protect the rights of drivers accused of impairment offenses nationwide.

With that goal in mind, the Amicus Committee has filed briefs as 'friends of the court' in many of the most important cases decided in the area of DUI and DWI Law. The committee is comprised of approximately twenty of the top DUI and DWI attorneys in the nation, who volunteer their time and effort to author briefs that have been filed in the Supreme Court of the United States as well as before the state supreme courts across the country. Often, the entire 2000 attorney membership will contribute items to the brief.

The amicus briefs of the National College of DUI defense have been cited and referenced in significant cases involving:

  • the legality of roadblocks and checkpoints
  • the confrontation rights of persons involving alcohol testing in crime labs
  • the validity and admissibility of drug recognition testing
  • and many more

Amicus briefs of the NCDD have been filed and accepted in the following cases (partial list):

2022

State of New Jersey v. Michael Olenowski
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Steven W. Hernandez, Evan M. Levow, Adrian P. O'Connor & John Menzel

2021

Michael Dean Dupre v. State of Michigan
Michigan Supreme Court
Andrew P. Abood & Michael J. Nichols

Alexander Dejarnette v. State of Maryland
Court of Appeals of Maryland
Leonard R. Stamm, Michael Stamm, Andrew D. Alpert, John K. Phoebus

2020

People of Michigan v. Alton Fontenot Jr.
Michigan Supreme Court
Michael J. Nichols

Arthur Gregory Lange v. State of California
United States Supreme Court
Donald Ramsell

2018

McGraw v. State
Florida Supreme Court
Flem K. Whited, III

Commonwealth v. LaRose
Massachusetts Supreme Court
Michael A. DelSignore & Julie Gaudreau

Mitchell v. Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court
Donald J. Ramsell, Michelle Behan, Fleming Kanan Whited, III, Andrew Mishlove

2017

Williams v. State
Florida Supreme Court
Tracey A. Wood

Commonwealth v. Gerhardt
Massachusetts Supreme Court
Michael A. Delsignore & Julie Gaudreau

2016

State v. Pester
Nebraska Supreme Court
Matthew A. Dodd, et.al.

Birchfield v. North Dakota
United States Supreme Court
Donald J. Ramsell, Leonard R. Stamm & Jeffrey T. Green for NACDL

State v. Whalen
Arkansas Supreme Court
Brad J. Williams & Bell T. Island

2015

Arizona v. Valenzuela
Arizona Supreme Court
Michelle L. Behan & Donald J. Ramsell

2014

Hawaii v. Won
Hawaii Supreme Court
Donald J. Ramsell

State v. Washburn
North Dakota
Donald J. Ramsell & Chad R. McCabe

State v. Trahan
Minnesota Supreme Court
William A. Lemons, Daniel L. Gerdts, Bell T. Island, Barry S. Edwards

Cincinnatti v. Ilg
Ohio Supreme Court
Tim Huey, Patricia Smith, et. al.

2013

Motor Vehicle Admin. v. Deering
Maryland Court of Appeals
Leonard R. Stamm

2012

Missouri v. McNeely
United States Supreme Court
Leonard R. Stamm for NCDD, Norman L. Reimer, Jeffrey T. Green, Sarah O'Rourke Schrup, et.al. for NACDL

Commonwealth v. Yohe
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Leonard R. Stamm

2010

Bullcoming v. New Mexico
United States Supreme Court
Barbara E. Bergman et. al. for NACDL, Leonard R. Stamm, Ronald L. Moore, Justin J. McShane for NCDD

2007 & 2008

Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
United States Supreme Court
Timothy P. O'Toole & Jeffrey T. Green for NACDL, Leonard R. Stamm, W. Troy McKinney, et. al.

O'Maley V. New Hampshire
United States Supreme Court
Leonard R. Stamm & W. Troy McKinney

2006

Napier v. Indiana
United States Supreme Court
Leonard R. Stamm & W. Troy McKinney

2005

Green v. DeMarco
New York Court of Appeals
Edward L. Fiandach, Terence McCarty, Leonard R. Stamm, John T. Kirk, et.al.

2003

Illinois v. Lidster
United States Supreme Court
Barry T. Simons, W. Troy McKinney, et.al.

2002

Guthrie v. Jones
Arizona Supreme Court
Edward A. Loss III


Members of the NCDD who are interested in joining the Amicus Committee should send an email to the Chair of the Amicus Committee or the Dean of the College.

If you are an attorney requesting that NCDD file an amicus brief in a case of interest, please send an email to rhea@ncdd.com along with:

  • A brief statement of the issue(s) of interest
  • Copies of the lower court opinion that is the subject of the appeal
  • Copies of any briefs previously filed
  • Due dates for the brief (if any)
  • Special requirements for filing of an amicus brief (pro hac vice etc.)
  • Due to the volunteer nature of our services, NCDD does not file briefs in support of PLA's or briefs in cases pending anywhere other than the highest state courts or SCOTUS

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