News & Resources

Hemenway & Barnes Files Amicus Brief in First Amendment Challenge Before the Supreme Court

12/22/2021

US Supreme Court Building

Hemenway & Barnes has filed an amicus brief in Shurtleff v. Boston asking the Supreme Court of the United States to affirm the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit’s decision that the flags flown on the City Hall Plaza flag poles constitute the City’s own speech. The brief was filed on behalf of Massachusetts nonprofit organizations committed to social and economic justice and advocating for communities that have been historically marginalized, discriminated against or oppressed. It provides important historical and political context for the City’s flag raising ceremonies, from the unique perspective of local organizations. That context—which will allow the Court to better understand what City Hall Plaza looks like and what actually happens at a flag raising—should help support the City’s argument that flag raisings are government speech.

The amicus brief was filed on behalf of: The Jewish Alliance For Law and Social Action, The Episcopal City Mission, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, Inc., Jetpac Resource Center, Inc., Keshet, Inc., Massequality, and Unitarian Universalist Massachusetts Action Network, Inc.

It was prepared by Hemenway & Barnes attorneys, Ryan P. McManusJennifer Grace Miller and Vanessa A. Arslanian, along with Cindy Rowe and Julia Schlozman, The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action and Kenneth A. Sweder.

A copy of the brief is available here.

The brief represents a facet of our firm’s appellate litigation practice: making sure our courts are aware of the broader impact of the cases before them by representing parties who would be affected by those broader consequences. For more information, please contact Ryan McManus.

X
Disclaimer

Communications Policy for Hemenway & Barnes

Thank you for your interest in Hemenway & Barnes, but merely communicating with Hemenway & Barnes LLP or a Hemenway & Barnes lawyer or employee will not create a lawyer-client relationship. Such a relationship will not arise unless and until the firm agrees with you in writing to handle a particular matter. Unless and until this has occurred, you should not convey to us any information you regard as personal or confidential, because any such information will not be treated by us as confidential or subject to any confidentiality requirements.

Our website offers several opportunities for visitors to request information. We use this contact information to send users information about our firm and their selected areas of interest. We may not be able to respond to your request for a variety of reasons, but appreciate your interest in our firm.

Cookie Policy

This website uses cookies to improve functionality and performance. Click here for our privacy policy. By continuing to browse this website, you consent to the use of cookies.

I Agree