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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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29 06, 2011

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

2017-03-28T06:53:49-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:49-05:00 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

2017-03-28T06:53:49-05:00 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

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

1 03, 2011

Absence of Religious Expression Policies in Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

2017-03-28T06:53:49-05:00 March 1st, 2011|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In March 2011, ACLU-TN was contacted by a Muslim woman who was forced to remove her hijab, a religious headscarf, for a booking photo at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office [...]

8 10, 2010

Wohlfeil v. City of East Ridge

2017-03-28T06:53:50-05:00 October 8th, 2010|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , |

(Case no. 1:10-cv-275, U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Chattanooga, Judge Collier) Donna Roberts of Stites & Harbison, PLLC (Direct Representation) Plaintiffs: Candice Wohlfeil Defendants: City of East Ridge Candice Wohlfeil, spiritual [...]

20 09, 2010

City of Lakewood, et al. v. Davidson County Election Commission, et al.

2017-03-28T06:53:50-05:00 September 20th, 2010|Categories: Docket|Tags: , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Paul Ambrosius of Trauger & Tuke. Plaintiffs: City of Lakewood, et al. Defendants: Davidson County Election Commission, et al. In August 2010, voters in Lakewood chose to [...]

24 08, 2010

Richard Jones v. City of Memphis, et al.

2016-07-11T14:25:59-05:00 August 24th, 2010|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , |

(Case No 3:10-0793, U.S. District Court, Western District, Memphis, Judge Anderson) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Edmund J. Schmidt III, Law Offices of Eddie Schmidt Plaintiffs: Richard Jones Defendants: Phil Bredesen, Governor [...]

16 11, 2009

Doe, et. al. v. Cheatham County Board of Education, et al.

2016-07-11T15:07:00-05:00 November 16th, 2009|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(No. 3:09-cv-01099,U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Judge Robert Echols) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: George Barrett and Doug Johnston, Barrett, Johnston & Parsley; Joseph Kelly and William Helou, [...]