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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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11 11, 2009

Religious Freedom and Holiday Displays in Clarksville

2017-03-28T06:53:51-05:00 November 11th, 2009|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When the City of Clarksville’s annual Christmas on the Cumberland Celebration appeared to be singling out a particular religious view for favorable treatment, city residents contacted ACLU-TN. Upon investigation, ACLU-TN [...]

30 04, 2009

Protecting the “Church on Church Street”

2016-07-13T16:35:54-05:00 April 30th, 2009|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: David Briley of Bone, McAllester, Norton PLLC (Direct Representation) In September 2008, Belmont University student Cory Wigal and several other students began organizing church services in a [...]

2 03, 2009

Alex Friedmann v. Corrections Corporation of America

2017-03-28T06:53:51-05:00 March 2nd, 2009|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(No. M2008-01998-COA-R3-CV , Tennessee Court of Appeals for the Middle District) Plaintiffs: Alex Friedmann Defendants: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) In 2009, Alex Friedmann submitted an open records request to [...]

10 02, 2009

Franks, et. al. v. Metro Board of Public Education, et. al.

2017-03-28T06:53:51-05:00 February 10th, 2009|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(No. 3:09-cv-00446, U.S. District Court Middle District Tennessee, Judge William J. Haynes) Plaintiffs: Keila Franks, by and through her next friend and mother Pamela Auble; Bryanna Shelton, by and through [...]

23 12, 2008

Barker v. Chandler

2016-07-11T15:45:15-05:00 December 23rd, 2008|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , |

(No. W2010-01151-COA-R3-CV, Tennessee Court of Appeals for the Western District) ACLU Attorneys: Christine Sun, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project; Tricia Herzfeld, ACLU-TN ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Brian Faughnan [...]

10 09, 2008

Drug Testing and Student Privacy in Roane County

2016-07-11T15:53:32-05:00 September 10th, 2008|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Gerald Gulley and Chris Oldham of Gulley and Oldham David Higgins’ daughter, a Roane County student, was subjected to eight “random” drug tests without cause over the [...]

25 07, 2008

Protecting the Free Speech and Press Rights of Bloggers

2017-03-28T06:53:52-05:00 July 25th, 2008|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Bruce Kramer, Borod & Kramer, P.C.; ACLU First Amendment Working Group (Direct Representation) Plaintiffs: Thaddeus Matthews Defendants: City of Memphis Thaddeus Matthews is a Memphis blogger whose [...]

22 04, 2008

Robin Read, Michael Read and the Estate of Brandon Read v. Dan Frazier and Lifeweaver Inc.

2016-07-11T15:57:27-05:00 April 22nd, 2008|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ACLU-TN defended the free speech rights of the owner of an Arizona-based company that sells various anti-war and peace-themed products, in a $40 billion class action suit brought against him by the Tennessee family of a soldier who died in the Iraq war.

25 02, 2008

Terrence Johnson et. al. v. Bredesen, et. al.

2016-07-11T15:59:25-05:00 February 25th, 2008|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , |

(No. 08-6377, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Charles K. Grant, Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz ACLU Attorneys: Tricia Herzfeld, ACLU-TN; and Laughlin McDonald, Neil Bradley, and [...]

7 11, 2007

Ronald Teel, et al. v. Riley Darnell, et al.

2017-03-28T06:53:52-05:00 November 7th, 2007|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

(No. 1:07-cv-0027, United State District Court of Eastern Tennessee, Judge Curtis Collier) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Chris Varner, Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott, PLLC. (Direct Representation) Plaintiffs: Ronald Teel, Leone [...]