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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.

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23 04, 2015

Protecting the Free Speech of Williamson County Educators

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , |

In September 2014, several Hillsboro School educators met after school hours and off of school grounds to discuss the school board, its actions and statements, and the then recent school [...]

10 03, 2015

Protecting Student from Choosing Between Religion and Scholarship

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When a Washington County high school student was told that attending a religious worship service would jeopardize his chance to apply for a Tennessee Promise scholarship, ACLU-TN stepped in to [...]

27 01, 2015

Ensuring Access to Attorneys for Youth Charged with Truancy

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: |

The Lawyers Education Advocacy Project (LEAP) is a Knoxville nonprofit whose mission is to provide pro bono legal advice and representation to children charged with truancy in Knox County and [...]

27 10, 2014

Free Speech, Social Media and Williamson County Schools

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 October 27th, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

In September 2014, ACLU-TN joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to oppose a Williamson County Board of Education (WCBE) policy that regulates off-campus speech on social media and allows [...]

9 10, 2014

Abramson et. al. v. Dreyzehner et. al.

2016-07-21T13:56:57+00:00 October 9th, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(No. 3:14-cv-1959, Jude Haynes/Bryant, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Carolyn W. Schott and Amy R. Mohan, Sherrard & Roe, PLC [...]

1 10, 2014

Smith v. Jefferson County Board of School Commissioners

2017-03-28T06:53:47+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Case No. 13-5957 (U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Knoxville, Judge Phillips) Plaintiff: Steve B. Smith Plaintiff-Appellees: David Kucera; Vickie F. Fogerty After a budget shortfall, the Jefferson County school board [...]

21 08, 2014

ACLU-TN Protects Student’s Right to Read the Bible at Cannon County Afterschool Program

2016-07-07T16:08:17+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

ACLU-TN sent a letter to the Cannon County REACH after-school program explaining students' constitutional right to read religious texts of their own volition during free-reading periods.

24 07, 2014

Tennessee v. Prabhakar

2017-03-28T06:53:47+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , |

(Case No. P8346-01, Tennessee Department of Safety, Nashville, Administrative Judge Michael Begley) Plaintiffs: Tennessee Department of Safety; Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Defendants: Aditi Prabhakar Aditi Prabhakar, a San Jose, California college [...]

16 06, 2014

Tanco v. Haslam

2016-07-07T16:19:52+00:00 June 16th, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

Case No. 13-1159 (U.S. District Court, Middle District, Nashville, Judge Trauger) Tanco v. Haslam (Supreme Court of the United States, No. 14-562, opinion by Justice Kennedy) Attorneys: Joshua A. Block [...]

12 12, 2013

Catholic Diocese of Nashville v. Sebelius

2016-07-08T15:34:14+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

AMICUS BRIEF (Case No. 3:13-cv-01303 District Judge Todd J. Campbell Magistrate Judge E. Clifton Knowles) Appealed to Sixth Circuit (Mich. Catholic Conf. et al. v. Burwell et al, Nos. 13-2723/6640, [...]