February 12, 2019
Ehlert Hicks Lawyers Author Amicus Curiae Brief Before the U.S. Supreme Court
Allison Ehlert and Scotia Hicks authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance and numerous public health researchers and organizations in the case of Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair, Case No. 18-96. The question before the Court is whether the Twenty-first Amendment, which ended Prohibition, authorizes a Tennessee regulation that requires retailers who wish to sell alcohol to have first lived in the state for a specified period of time. The amicus brief focused on the proven benefits of state regulations, like Tennessee’s, in curbing alcohol misuse, which remains a leading cause of death and disease in the United States. The Court heard argument in January 2019, and a decision is expected by June. The brief can be read by clicking here.