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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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, and

June 30, 2015 Education Equity

Katz v. Barstow

Katz v. Barstow is a case involving the Barstow Police Department's wrongful arrest of Jesse and Robert Katz for exercising their right to refuse to show identification.

May 22, 2015 Police Practices

ACLU SoCal v. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

ACLU SoCal v San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is a lawsuit against the Sheriff's Department requiring it hand over documents spelling out its policies and practices for using Tasers in the wake of several deaths resulting from shocking people multiple times wit

March 26, 2015

Paik v. City of Fullerton

Paik v City of Fullerton is a lawsuit alleging that the City of Fullerton's at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), which prevents cities from imposing at-large elections that deny minority communities the opportunity to elect candidates of th

March 18, 2015

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