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Dowd Scheffel with Matthew Dowd as lead counsel files Amicus Brief

Dowd Scheffel, with Matthew Dowd as lead counsel, filed an amicus brief in Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association on behalf of Major General Patrick Brady and Veterans Groups Erecting and Maintaining War Memorials. The case, known as the Peace Cross case, asks whether a war memorial violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause

merely because it is in the shape of a cross. The case has been dubbed one of the most important cases of the Supreme Court’s term. Our brief urges the Court to consider how current doctrine should be applied to monuments on public land like the Peace Cross which, have a religious connotation but are ultimately passive displays.

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