We litigate 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 provide direct legal representation to individuals and file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. Our legal work is pro bono: we never charge for our services.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on June 15, 2014 in federal court seeking an injunction against further use of a malapportioned districting plan for the Jasper County School District in South Carolina.
South Carolina has been issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples since November 2014, but the Social Security Administration has failed to issue instructions authorizing its clerks to accept these licenses from South Carolina.
On behalf of three plaintiffs, we filed suit against the SC DMV in October 2014 for its refusal to accept out-of-state marriage certificates as evidence of a name change for individuals who had married persons of the same sex. The SC DMV has since changed its policy.
The civil rights coalition that challenged South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, Act 69 (also known as SB 20), reached an agreement with the state that permanently blocks key provisions and provides strict limits on the “racial profiling” provisions of the law.