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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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

McKibben v. McMahon

McKibben v. McMahon is a federal class action lawsuit against San Bernardino County over discriminatory policies at the West Valley Detention Center that deny gay, bisexual and transgender inmates equal access.

October 22, 2014 LGBTQ Equality Jails Project

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