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.

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Social Security Administration Recognition of Marriage in SC

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.

November 1, 2014

Choice of Name After Marriage

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.

October 1, 2014

United States V. South Carolina

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.

March 4, 2014 Immigrants' Rights

Anderson v. Chesterfield County Schools

After viewing a YouTube video chronicling a middle school assembly which featured a Christian rock band, an evangelical preacher, and a call for the students to sign “commitment cards” dedicating their lives to Jesus, we submitted a FOIA to the school district which exposed a culture of religiosi

January 24, 2012 Religion and Belief Students & Youth