Become a Cooperating Attorney
Cooperating Attorney Questionnaire (31 KB)
ACLU-TN has limited staff and funding, yet is faced with a huge number of requests for assistance from individuals and organizations. We meet this demand through direct representation and by appearing as amicus curiae. Almost all of our cases are handled by volunteer attorneys who work in cooperation with our staff. For over 80 years, volunteer lawyers have been the backbone of the ACLU legal program. These volunteers include sole practitioners, recent law school graduates, some of the nation’s most prominent lawyers, and many of the major firms in America. Participation by the private bar has been vital to the ACLU’s work since Clarence Darrow headed the ACLU’s defense of John T. Scopes in 1925 right here in Tennessee.
In addition to litigation, our Cooperating Attorneys help in several other important ways. Occasionally, we need help analyzing proposed legislation that affects civil liberties. In addition, we sometimes provide comments on policies or address complaints to administrative agencies. Finally, as a Cooperating Attorney develops expertise in a particular area of civil liberties, we may also ask him or her to assist us in public education functions such as representing the ACLU at speaking engagements. Finally, we ask that Cooperating Attorneys keep us informed about civil liberties issues they encounter in the course of their practice or their personal lives.
If you are interested in working with ACLU-TN as a Cooperating Attorney, click here to print out our Cooperating Attorney Questionnaire.