With respect to appellate litigation, the IMLA Legal Advocacy Program serves IMLA members and their governmental clients as an evaluation center, as an information outlet and in some cases as an amicus in litigation considered to have a significant impact on a substantial number of local governments on a national basis. IMLA is the service organization of primary resort for its members in all cases in which a party to a case before the United States Supreme Court is represented by an IMLA member. The issues in these lawsuits range from the constitutional allocation of power between state and local governments and the federal government to challenges to the regulatory authority of governments based on civil and individual rights. IMLA files briefs before the Supreme Court at both the merits and petition stage and in some cases that have enough national importance, IMLA will file an amicus brief in both federal and state appellate courts. If you want to contact IMLA about possible participation in your case, contact Amanda Karras, IMLA’s Deputy General Counsel / Director of Legal Advocacy.