CIVICS

American Civil Liberties Union

Definition

A national organization that engages in litigation, legislative lobbying, and educational outreach in order to preserve and further individual rights and liberties that are guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States....

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAlso called the Waxman-Markey Bill, this legislation sought to address climate change while building a clean energy economy. Among other things, this bill established a national cap-and-trade system for...

American Indian Law

American Indian law: an overview

In U.S. law the term "Indians" refers generally to the indigenous peoples of the continent at the time of European colonization. "Alaska Natives" and "Native Hawaiians" refer to peoples indigenous to the areas...

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Also known as the Stimulus Package or Recovery Act, a federal law intended to jumpstart the struggling economy by creating new jobs and saving existing ones, spurring investment, and fostering...

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with physical or mental disabilities in employment, public services, and places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, hotels, and...

Amicus

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: amicus curiae

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Amicus Curiae

Latin for "friend of the court." Plural is "amici curiae." Frequently, a person or group who is not a party to an action, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a brief in the action with the intent of...

Amnesty

Under immigration law, amnesty is a governmental pardon for person violating policies related to immigration. Immigration amnesty would include the government forgiving individuals for using false documentation to gain employment in the U.S. and to...

Amortization

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(1) A periodic payment plan to pay a debt (such as a mortgage or car loan) by a certain date, in which interest and a portion of the principal is included in each payment. Payments are usually calculated...

AMT

Alternative Minimum Tax. A tax mechanism that calculates taxable income after certain deductions and tax preferences are made. The AMT ensures that high-income individuals and entities pay a certain amount of income despite favorable tax treatment....

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