Davies v. County of Los Angeles is a federal lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors challenging its decision to restore a cross to the county seal.

In choosing to place a symbol of Christianity on the official seal, which appears on county vehicles, meeting rooms and elsewhere, the supervisors have chosen to violate the U.S. Constitution ‘s Establishment Clause that guarantees the separation of church and state.

Some of the supervisors insist that restoring the cross is vital to the historical accuracy of the seal. Historical accuracy, however, does not trump the Constitution.

Case Developments

April 7, 2016
District court judge rules that cross has no place on the county seal. Read the ruling.

February 6, 2014
ACLU SoCal filed a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors over their decision to restore a cross to the county seal. Read the complaint.

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC

Date filed

February 5, 2014


U.S. District Court Central District of California, Western Division

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