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Case Name American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Reno IM-DC-0002
Docket / Court 97-CV-00597 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization Washington Lawyers' Committee
Case Summary
In 1998, three lawsuits were filed by immigration assistance organizations and individual aliens against federal immigration agencies and officials in the District Court of the District of Columbia. These suits challenged the summary removal provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and ... read more >
In 1998, three lawsuits were filed by immigration assistance organizations and individual aliens against federal immigration agencies and officials in the District Court of the District of Columbia. These suits challenged the summary removal provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations. The Act established a system for expediting the removal of aliens who arrived at the border but were not eligible for admission. The lawsuits challenged the system on various grounds, including that it violated due process, equal protection, the First Amendment, and international treaties. The District Court (Judge Emmett G. Sullivan) consolidated the cases.

The government moved to dismiss the cases. The District Court (Judge Sullivan) dismissed all three cases, primarily on jurisdictional grounds. American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Reno, 18 F.Supp.2d 38 (D.D.C.1998). Plaintiffs appealed.

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed, holding that the organizational plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of aliens subjected to expedited removal. American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Reno. 199 F.3d 1352 (D.C. Cir. 2000). Plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing, but subsequently withdrew it.

Stephen Imm - 08/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Admission - procedure
Constitutional rights
Deportation - procedure
Immigration lawyers
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA)
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
United States Attorney General
Plaintiff Description Ten immigrant assistance organizations and individual aliens challenging Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Washington Lawyers' Committee
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
97-CV-00597-EGS (D.D.C.) 03/27/1997
IM-DC-0002-9003.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
97-CV-01229-EGS (D.D.C.) 08/20/1998
IM-DC-0002-9004.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
97-CV-01237 (D.D.C.) 08/20/1998
IM-DC-0002-9005.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-5466 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/02/2000
IM-DC-0002-9006.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-5463 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/02/2000
IM-DC-0002-9007.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
98-5464 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/02/2000
IM-DC-0002-9008.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 08/20/1998 (18 F.Supp.2d 38) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0002-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 01/11/2000 (199 F.3d 1352)
IM-DC-0002-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Ginsburg, Douglas Howard (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0002-0011
Henderson, Karen LeCraft (D.C. Circuit, D.S.C.)
IM-DC-0002-0011
Randolph, Arthur Raymond (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0002-0011
Sullivan, Emmet G. (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0002-0010 | IM-DC-0002-9003 | IM-DC-0002-9004 | IM-DC-0002-9005 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allred, James Claiborne (Virginia)
IM-DC-0002-9005
Boggs, Roderic Van Oesen (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Borrasca, Adelia S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Corrigan, Terrence A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0010 | IM-DC-0002-9004
Doyle, Thomas M. II (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-9003
Gallagher, Anna Marie (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0010 | IM-DC-0002-9004
Gass, Jonathon J. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Gelfand, David I. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9003 | IM-DC-0002-9005 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Grisez, Karen T. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0010 | IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9004 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Juceam, Robert E. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Lazar, Nancy L (New York)
IM-DC-0002-9003 | IM-DC-0002-9005
Rabinovitz, Judy (New York)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9003 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Rubin, Robert J. (California)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Snider, Jerome G (New York)
IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Defendant's Lawyers Hunger, Frank W. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Keener, Donald E. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Kline, David J. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Ogden, David W. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Potuto, Tina (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-9003
Shapiro, Ellen Sue (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Wallbaum, Teresa A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Wendtland, Linda S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0002-0010 | IM-DC-0002-0011 | IM-DC-0002-9003 | IM-DC-0002-9004 | IM-DC-0002-9005 | IM-DC-0002-9006 | IM-DC-0002-9007 | IM-DC-0002-9008
Other Lawyers None on record

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