Annotated Guide to the Whitford Amicus Briefs

In a sure sign of Whitford’s significance, lawmakers, law professors, social scientists, and civil rights groups have filed more than 45 amicus briefs, which run the gamut from constitutional theory to cutting-edge social science.

September 19, 2017

Gill v. Whitford, the partisan-gerrymandering challenge to Wisconsin’s state assembly map, is one of the blockbuster cases of the Supreme Court’s 2017 term and one of the most important cases in decades concerning how Americans are represented in Congress and state legislatures. In a sure sign of Whitford’s significance, lawmakers, constitutional law professors, social scientists, civil rights and good government groups, and other concerned citizens have filed more than 45 amicus briefs, which run the gamut from constitutional theory to history to cutting-edge social science.

To help court-watchers sort through the briefs — which together account for more than a thousand pages of additional argument — the Brennan Center has prepared this annotated guide providing thumbnails of each brief’s most prominent or unique points.

This guide is the latest in a series of Whitford-related resources from the Brennan Center. For a thematic overview of the amicus briefs filed in support of the Appellees, visit our blog. And, for a detailed database of key filings from all phases of the Whitford litigation, visit our regularly updated case page. To download this guide in full, click here.



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