The ACLU of Southern California undertakes litigation when doing so is the most effective way to advance a civil liberties concern. We file lawsuits that will have an impact on people’s rights by setting a legal precedent or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. We both provide direct legal representation to people and file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. All of the ACLU’s legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services.

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Hernandez v. Lynch

Hernandez v. Lynch is a class action lawsuit challenging the federal government's policy and practice of setting bonds for non-citizens in immigration proceedings, without consideration of their ability to pay the bond, that results in the detention of individuals merely

April 6, 2016 Immigrants' Rights

Santiago v. City of Los Angeles

Santiago v. City of Los Angeles is a lawsuit in which ACLU SoCal has intervened on behalf street vendors to challenge the unlawful seizure and destruction of their carts, utensils and other property by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Fashion District Business I

October 29, 2015 Economic Justice

Soltysik v. Padilla

Soltysik v. Padilla is a federal lawsuit challenging sections of the California Elections Code, which prevent candidates for voter-nominated offices who are affiliated with non-qualified political parties from displaying their political party preference on the ballot.

October 8, 2015 Freedom of Speech and Government Transparency

Community Coalition v. Los Angeles Unified School District

Community Coalition v. Los Angeles Unified School District is a lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District for misallocating $450 million of state education funds under the Local Control Funding Formula, diverting it away from low-income students, English language learners
June 30, 2015 Education Equity

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