Amicus Society

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About the Amicus Society

It was 1961 when the ACLU of Delaware (ACLU-DE), the local affiliate of the national ACLU, was founded. We are a first resort when the government threatens our rights and a last hope when we are deprived of our liberties. To advance civil liberties in our great state, we depend on the support of our community including the members of our Amicus Society.

Membership in the Amicus Society brings you into a network of First State lawyers who are committed to defending our civil rights and civil liberties. Becoming a member of the Amicus Society allows us to continue to provide free legal assistance to any Delawarean whose civil liberties are under threat and, through membership, also supports public-education campaigns related to the law, the justice system, or both.

Participation Levels

Charter Memberships

  • Platinum (25,000+)
  • Gold (10,000-24,999)
  • Silver (5,000-9,999)

Charter members retain charter status in our publications in perpetuity, although we encourage members to renew annually.

Renewing Memberships

  • Sustaining Member (2,500)
  • Member (1,000)

Lawyers who have been a member of the bar for eight years or less or who are full-time public interest lawyers may participate at $250 annually.

We are proud to introduce the inclusion of free CLEs to all Amicus Society members. We plan to hold at least five courses across the span of each calendar year. At the average cost of $100/credit, member attendees of all five courses will receive CLE credits in the value of $500. For those joining as new members of the bar, or public interest lawyers, this is double the value of your membership.

In recent years, the Amicus Society has received exclusive access to cases such as LWV Delaware v. Dept. of Elections, Wright v. City of Wilmington, Smack v. Debalso, and the most recently settled Delawareans for Educational Opportunity v. Carney, filed originally in 2018 . Each of these cases shed light on critical inequities, and paved the way for lasting change in the First State.

We have been making history here in Delaware, protecting and preserving civil liberties for all Delawareans. Help us to keep upholding the civil liberties of all people—join the ACLU of Delaware’s Amicus Society.

Membership Benefits

Amicus Society Membership Benefits






Upcoming Events

People Not Probation: A Roadmap to Reform

Thursday, May 18, 12 pm: VIRTUAL via Zoom

Delaware’s probation system is driving incarceration rates, and not by new crimes, but minor probation violations. Instead of probation focusing on the rehabilitation and support of returning citizens, it works more like a revolving prison door for those caught in a broken system. Join us to discuss the local and national movements to reform probation and how our legal community can help move the needle.

Admission is free for Amicus Society members in good standing* and for the general public.

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"From Selma to Stonewall" Film Screening

Sunday, June, 4, 3 pm: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sussex Co
Sunday, June 11, 3 pm: First Unitarian Universalist of Wilmington

The journey to forming an equitable and just society is one paved with political and social challenges, many of which we’ve been facing for generations. As we continue to fight for racial and queer justice, join us for a history lesson on the intersection of the civil rights and LGBTQ movements in at one of our two film screenings of “From Selma to Stonewall."

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Amicus Society Charter Members

Rebecca L. Byrd
Elizabeth M. McGeever
Grace & Blair Messner
Norman M. Monhait
Pepper Hamilton, LLP
Mark Purpura
Ross Aronstam & Moritz, LLP
Suzanne Seubert
The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Christine & William Sudell
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Amicus Society Members

Santino Ceccotti
Mitchell Crane
Thomas Crowley
Alice Eakin
Drew Fennell
Thomas Foley
Alan E. Garfield
Jeffrey S. Goddess
Ryan Greecher
Lawrence A. Hamermesh
Karen Jacobs
Kathryn Jakabcin
Kathi Karsnitz
Karen Lantz
Lisa & Martin Lessner
David & Sally McBride
Carolyn McNeice
Bruce Morrissey
Kevin O’Brien
Brendan O’Neill
B. Wilson Redfearn
Lauren E. M. Russell
R. Jason Russell
Beth Savitz
Carl Schnee
Amy Simmerman
Bradley D. Sorrels
Leland Ware
Christian Wright
Richard Zappa
Robert Young

How To Join

Become a member

For more information about the Amicus Society, please contact Melissa Bryson, development director, at (302) 654-5326, ext. 102, or via email at