Amicus Curiae Committee

The APA Amicus Curiae Committee is one of the more visible parts of APA. Through its efforts, APA files "friend-of-the-court" briefs in state and federal courts in cases of importance to the planning profession and the public interest.

The committee has been a standing committee of APA's Board of Directors since 1985 and includes distinguished attorneys and planners from around the country.


John M. Baker
Founding Partner, Greene Espel PLLP


Al Herson, FAICP (Sacramento, California)
John R. Nolon (White Plains, New York)
Carrie Richter (Portland, Oregon)
Deborah M. Rosenthal, AICP (Costa Mesa, California)
Patricia E. Salkin (Central Islip, New York)
Nancy Ellen Stroud, AICP (Boca Raton, Florida)
Edward J. Sullivan (Portland, Oregon)
Julie A. Tappendorf (Chicago)

In 1990, the APA Board of Directors adopted formal procedures for the committee that include involving APA chapters in the deliberations.

To learn more about the activities of the Amicus Curiae Committee, please contact Jason Jordan.