Alan Gura:NRA Needs Professional Litigators!

In a remarkable video from the folks at Grass Roots North Carolina, 2nd Amendment Civil Rights Attorney Alan Gura outlines his experience with cases before the Supreme Court and details the missteps the NRA has made with their approach to 2nd Amendment Litigation.

Primarily, the NRA seems unable to distinguish between legislative lobby tactics and judicial litigation tactics with disastrous outcomes possible from the confusion.

His recommendation?

Treat litigation as a specialized skill set and hire people with the appropriate background and ability.

For those of you unfamiliar with Attorney Gura CLICK LINK HERE for background information from Legal Times.

Tantalizing excerpt:

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky

Known for his work on landmark gun cases, Alan Gura’s latest brush with the high court involves his representation of a dozen members of Congress.

Tony Mauro,August 25, 2010

Forever, Gura will be known as the upstart small-firm lawyer who put the Second Amendment back on the constitutional map with Supreme Court wins in D.C. v. Heller in 2008 and McDonald v. Chicago this year.

But even as he continues with gun-rights litigation in the aftermath of those victories, Gura has returned to the high court with a new brief that has nothing to do with the right to bear arms.

The case, which we wrote about last month, involves a long-running effort by the family of a Holocaust victim to pursue claims in state court based on insurance policies issued in the 1930s by the Italian company named in the suit. The State Department, citing international agreements and foreign policy considerations, has insisted that the state tort actions should be dismissed, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit agreed.

“The State Department can’t just decree that the courthouse doors be closed,’ said Gura, whose clients in the amicus curiae brief he wrote include Republicans and Democrats. “Holocaust victims deserve justice, and they should be entitled to due process.”


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