In addition to legislative and regulatory advocacy, CAI’s government & public affairs efforts also extend to the legal arena. Most of CAI’s legal activities involve amicus curiae, or "friend of the court" briefs, that CAI files in federal or state cases that address issues of significant importance in community association law. CAI’s Amicus Curiae Review Committee evaluates proposals for briefs and makes recommendations to CAI’s Board of Trustees regarding the appropriate level of involvement in any given case.
Amicus curiae briefs allow CAI to educate a court about important legal issues in cases related directly to the community association industry. These amicus brief submissions give CAI the opportunity as an organization to help shape the outcome of matters of importance to community association law. The CAI name represents a level of expertise, knowledge, and professionalism in community association matters that adds weight to a community association-related submitted brief.
If your association, municipality or state is being faced with a poorly formulated legal opinion, please consider contacting CAI’s national headquarters and completing an amicus brief submission request. Good laws that help community associations are an essential aspect of community association governance. If you have any questions or comments related to filing an amicus brief on behalf of CAI, please contact us at Government@caionline.org.