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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 09, 2013

Postcards Only at the Rutherford County Jail

2016-07-08T15:42:01+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

In September 2013, ACLU-TN received several letters from inmates at the Rutherford County Jail and their relatives concerning a new postcard-only policy that limited inmates’ ability to receive any letters [...]

10 05, 2012

Juana Villegas de la Paz v. Metro Nashville Government

2016-07-11T11:03:17+00:00 May 10th, 2012|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville: No. 3:09-cv-219—William J. Haynes, Jr., District Judge; No. 11-6031, Sixth Circuit of Appeals, CLAY, GIBBONS, and [...]

1 04, 2012

Jessica Anderson v. City of Memphis, et al.

2016-07-11T11:24:25+00:00 April 1st, 2012|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Maureen Holland, Holland & Associates, PC Jessica Anderson was employed with the Memphis Fire Department as an emergency medical technician. During the course of her employment, she [...]

1 03, 2012

Haywood High School Principal Proselytizes, Makes Anti-LGBT Remarks

2016-07-11T11:26:51+00:00 March 1st, 2012|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cooperating Attorneys: Amanda C. Goad, Staff Attorney for ACLU LGBT Project ; Heather L. Weaver, Staff Attorney for ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief; Galen Sherwin, Staff Attorney [...]

31 10, 2011

Occupy Nashville, et al v. Haslam, et al

2017-03-28T06:53:49+00:00 October 31st, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , |

(Case No. 3:11-cv-01037, U.S. District Court, Middle District, Nashville, Judge Trauger) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Tricia Herzfeld of Ozment Law; David Briley of Bone McAllester Norton; Patrick G. Frogge, of Bell [...]

19 10, 2011

Angel Enrique Nunez Escobar, et al. v. Lee Gaines, et al.

2017-03-28T06:53:49+00:00 October 19th, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , |

(No. 3-11-0994, Judge Campbell, US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division) ACLU Attorneys: Thomas H. Castelli, ACLU-TN; Andre Segura, Lee Gelernt and Cecila D. Wang, ACLU Foundation [...]

29 06, 2011

The Contributor, et. al., v. City of Brentwood

2017-03-28T06:53:49+00:00 June 29th, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(Case No. 3:11-cv-00624, U.S. District Court, Middle District, Nashville, Judge Campbell) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Irwin Venick, of Dobbins, Venick, Kuhn & Byassee Plaintiffs: The Contributor, Calvin Hart, Andrew Harrington Defendants: [...]

15 06, 2011

Williams v. City of Sevierville

2017-03-28T06:53:49+00:00 June 15th, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(Case No. 3:11-cv-00270, U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Knoxville, Judge Varlan) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Timothy A. Housholder, of Gilreath & Associates, Plaintiffs: Rose Williams Defendants: City of Sevierville In the [...]

14 06, 2011

Labor Blogger and Activist Threatened, Free Speech Rights Violated

2017-03-28T06:53:49+00:00 June 14th, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Bruce Kramer The author of the blog Tennessee Labor Coverage had been covering attempts to dissolve the collective bargaining rights of Memphis sanitation workers and to privatize [...]

2 05, 2011

ACLU-TN v. Sumner County Board of Education

2017-03-28T06:53:49+00:00 May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(Case No. 3:11-cv-00408, U.S. District Court, Middle District, Nashville, Judge Sharpe) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: George Barrett and Scott P. Tift of Barrett Johnston. Plaintiffs: ACLU-TN, Jane Doe as the Natural [...]