Scott Burnett Smith, an appellate partner in the Huntsville office, has been selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Amicus Committee. The DRI’s Amicus Committee serves as the voice of the defense bar in the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts at the federal and state level. This committee is made up of six appellate lawyers and one trial lawyer selected from across the country. It is responsible for helping the DRI decide what appellate cases raise important issues affecting civil defense lawyers nationwide. In this way, they help ensure that DRI's voice is heard on important defense-related issues. Cary Hiltgen, President of the DRI, said “the work of the Special and Board Standing Committees is vital to the continued growth of DRI.”
This term, the DRI has filed 6 amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on topics of broad interest to the defense bar and its clientele.