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U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling in First Amendment Case Supports Firm Clients

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a precedent-setting First Amendment case marks a victory for Jenner & Block clients and others, who filed an amicus brief in the matter.  At issue in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. was whether nongovernmental groups that sought federal funding for HIV and AIDS programs could be forced to adopt a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.  On June 20, the Court found that such requirements violate the First Amendment.  In April, a team submitted an amicus brief on behalf of public health experts and organizations, urging the Court to uphold an appeals court’s injunction against the requirement.  The brief argues that such a policy may alienate the groups that public health organizations most need to reach in combating HIV and AIDS.  It was written by Partners Jessica Ring Amunson and Julie M. Carpenter and Associate Ann K. Wagner.  News of the amicus brief was reported by the Center for Global Health Policy.