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Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

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Which of the following is NOT an example of a special interest group?

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1. James believes that the best way for the country to move forward is to ensure sustainable development and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, he has petitioned for a hearing with the Supreme Court to question whether several laws that increase the limits of greenhouse gas emission for large companies are constitutional. What is this an example of?

2. Sometimes a group will file a 'friend of the court' brief in order to pursue a particular cause, even though the group is not a party to the lawsuit. This type of brief is known as a:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Litigation can be used by interest groups to influence public policy and this quiz and worksheet will help you test how much you know about this practice. Some of the concepts you will be assessed on include defining what a special interest group is, examples of effective litigation and what other litigation-related actions a special interest group can take.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on key facts about the use of litigation by special interest groups to affect policy, including:

  • What an organization that pursues the interests of its members, or interests related to a particular cause is defined as.
  • What it is called when a group uses a lawsuit in order to pursue a particular cause.
  • What a 'friend of the court' brief is called.
  • What it is called when a group must show that it has enough connection to the case to support its participation as a party to the case.
  • Identifying tactics used by Interest groups to pursue their causes.

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about strategic litigation in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the purpose of an amicus brief and what the formal term for this document is called
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as standing and litigation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Brown v. Board of Education and who initiated the action that resulted in this decision

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of litigation by interest groups, review the lesson about how interest groups use litigation to influence policy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what an interest group is and identify some interest groups
  • Describe methods used by interest groups to achieve their goals
  • Define standing and explain how one's standing affects their participation in litigation
  • Identify two cases that were initiated by interest groups that affected public policy and describe the end results
  • Explain what an Amicus Curiae brief is and describe who files it
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