The ACLU of Tennessee stands up for equality, fairness and justice in the courts. Through our impact litigation and other legal advocacy, we’re fighting for you. ACLU’s legal advocacy in Tennessee spans from the historic Scopes “Monkey Trial” and representation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the sanitation workers’ march in Memphis, to ensuring access to private prison records, protecting families’ religious freedom rights, advocating for gay and lesbian parents who were denied visitation with their children, defending voters’ right to have their ballots counted, and much more. You can learn more about specific cases below.
ACLU-TN has had an ongoing concern over police surveillance of Memphis residents engaging in protected free speech activities for many decades now.
(3:16-cv-1954 , United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Judge Crenshaw) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Karla M. Campbell, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC Co-Counsel: Elizabeth S. Logsdon, Disability Rights Tennessee [...]
(Case No. 3-16-0799, United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Judge Campbell) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Mark Downton and Wesley Clark of Downton Clark, PLLC Plaintiffs: John Doe, By and through his [...]
In April, Murfreesboro police arrested eleven children ages nine to twelve for allegedly witnessing an off-campus fight that had taken place several weeks earlier and not intervening. Four of the [...]
ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Abby R. Rubenfeld of the Rubenfeld Law Office, PC Sumner County Schools has a policy which prohibits transgender students from using the restroom or locker room facilities [...]
In the spring of 2016, a local attorney reported to ACLU-TN that the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) had recently begun a practice of evicting public housing tenants when [...]
(3:13-cr-00009, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals) Amicus Curiae Parties: ACLU-TN, ACLU, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Libertarian [...]
During the 2015 - 2016 school year, students at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee formed a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school. They had followed the proper [...]
In late December 2014, ACLU-TN was contacted by the father of a Haywood County jail inmate who told us that inmates were being denied the right to read any books [...]
(No. 1:15-cv-00107, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Columbia Division, District Judge Kevin H. Sharp) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Mark J. Downton, Downton & Clark, PLLC Plaintiff: [...]