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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1 03, 2016

Evictions Based on Criminal Arrests

2017-03-28T06:53:44-05:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

29 02, 2016

United States v. Houston

2016-07-06T15:39:54-05:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

(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 [...]

8 02, 2016

Students’ Right to Form Gay Straight Alliance Club in Franklin County

2016-07-06T15:40:40-05:00 February 8th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

27 01, 2016

Protecting Haywood County Inmates Right to Read

2017-03-28T06:53:44-05:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

18 08, 2015

Rebecca Young v. Giles County Board of Education, et al.

2017-03-28T06:53:44-05:00 August 18th, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: |

(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: [...]

23 04, 2015

Protecting the Free Speech of Williamson County Educators

2017-03-28T06:53:45-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:45-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:45-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:45-05:00 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.

2016-07-21T13:56:57-05:00 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 [...]