Why legal action?
Public demonstrations and individual expressions of opinion can only do so much to alter the direction of the country. Issues that range from the rights of illegal aliens, definition of marriage, racial discrimination, and all other past, current, and future restrictions on the way United States citizens live their lives rest in the jurisdiction of the United States court system. Individuals or groups make legal challenges everyday in all 50 states demanding interpretations from courts on legal matters that impact all Americans. The decision in any case, anywhere, may create a precedent that limits the decisions made in any aspect of our lives. Without anyone looking out for you, special interest groups can easily manipulate the legal system to their advantage. Thus, it is essential to have someone on your side, working to ensure that your beliefs and rights as a United States citizen are represented in these cases. No individual working alone could possibly monitor all cases to determine when one arises with important ramifications to your quality of life and civil liberties. Fortunately, this is exactly what the Allied Educational Foundation does for you.
Navigating the U.S. Court System
Most legal cases begin in state trial courts, which are established by the Constitution and state laws. There are over 1,500 of these general jurisdiction state trial courts. If parties are dissatisfied with the decision reached, they can appeal to an intermediate state Court of Appeals, and possibly a State Supreme Court. Specific cases involving federal laws often begin in one of 94 U.S. District Courts. In this case, parties may appeal to one of 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court if they agree to hear the case. In the 2014 fiscal year, there were 376,536 case filings in the U.S. District Courts alone.
It takes enormous effort to track and identify meaningful cases that could significantly influence the course of progress. Nonetheless, this is a skill that the Allied Educational Foundation has perfected for over two decades. We have submitted briefs in state and federal courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court, 11 of the 13 federal appeals courts (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals), five federal district courts (Arizona, California (Northern District), D.C., Florida (Southern District), and New York (Southern District), six state supreme courts (Arkansas, California, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Tennessee), and five state intermediate appellate courts (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and North Carolina). In total, we have advocated in 33 states.