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 10, 2014

Smith v. Jefferson County Board of School Commissioners

2017-03-28T06:53:47-05:00 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

2016-07-07T16:08:17-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:47-05:00 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

2016-07-07T16:19:52-05:00 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

2016-07-08T15:34:14-05:00 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, [...]

23 09, 2013

Postcards Only at the Rutherford County Jail

2016-07-08T15:42:01-05:00 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

2016-07-11T11:03:17-05:00 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.

2016-07-11T11:24:25-05:00 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

2016-07-11T11:26:51-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:49-05:00 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 [...]