Annual Reports

See our 2020 Annual Report to see a snapshot of what we accomplished in our third year.

See our 2019 Annual Report to see a snapshot of what we accomplished in our second year.

See our 2018 Annual Report to see a snapshot of what we accomplished in our first year.

Latest Work

  • 1/25/21 – Filed a supplemental brief in the Fourth Circuit in our lawsuit challenging a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule
  • 1/20/21 – Sent a letter to the Texas governor as well as state, local, and federal officials in Texas urging action to address the growing threat posed by unlawful militia groups, including passing legislation to provide additional ways to combat unlawful paramilitary activity and to criminalize domestic terrorism
  • 1/19/21 – Filed an amicus brief in the Tenth Circuit in support of victim of workplace retaliation and challenging that an employer’s assertion of a religious motive precludes liability
  • 1/11/21 – Filed a motion for temporary restraining order in our lawsuit representing disability-rights advocates and advocacy organizations in a challenge—under the First Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973—against an Idaho state legislature policy that infringes upon their fundamental rights to participate in the legislative process by denying basic protections for their health and safety.
  • 1/11/21 – Filed a complaint in our lawsuit representing disability-rights advocates and advocacy organizations in a challenge—under the First Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973—against an Idaho state legislature policy that infringes upon their fundamental rights to participate in the legislative process by denying basic protections for their health and safety.
  • 1/4/21 – Filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to review a rule applied in the majority of circuits that thwarts a federal constitutional claim of unlawful seizure pursuant to legal process (also known as malicious prosecution) when the plaintiff’s underlying criminal case was dismissed before trial unless the plaintiff can establish that the dismissal showed “affirmative indications of innocence.”
  • 12/17/20 – Filed a motion for summary judgment in our challenge of the intentional and discriminatory exclusion of U.S. citizen children from the benefits of emergency cash assistance distributed in response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • 12/16/20 – Filed an en banc brief in the D.C. Circuit to compel the former White House Counsel to appear before the House Judiciary Committee and testify on matters and information discussed in the Special Counsel’s Report
  • 12/14/20 – Sent a third letter to the Pennsylvania Fifth Judicial District, in light of temporary courthouse closures, to provide the public with remote access to its criminal proceedings
  • 12/11/20 – Filed a brief in support of a cross-motion for summary judgment and in opposition to Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment in our effort to defend the city of East Chicago against a challenge claiming its welcoming city ordinance violates state law
  • 12/9/20 – Published guidance for law enforcement regarding unauthorized paramilitary activity at public demonstrations
  • 12/9/20 – Published guidance for law enforcement about First Amendment Rights
  • 12/3/20 – Published a fact sheet—in response to the increase in threats against public officials and private individuals whose jobs involve election integrity or tabulating and certifying the vote—making clear, with legal support, that threats and incitement to violence are not protected by the First Amendment and violate a number of federal and state criminal laws
  • 12/3/20 – Filed a notice of supplemental authority in our Fourth Amendment lawsuit representing a Texas high schooler against a school resource officer who tased him
  • 12/1/20 – Filed a complaint in our lawsuit seeking, under FOIA, to uncover a memo submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs that bears on the development of a rule adding a new eligibility requirement for individuals to apply to the Diversity Visa Program
  • 11/20/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity in Atlanta, Georgia, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 11/16/20 – Filed a brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives challenging an executive memo calling for the apportionment of the House of Representatives to exclude undocumented immigrants
  • 11/13/20 – Published video guidance highlighting why private militias are not protected by the Second Amendment and are unlawful in every state
  • 11/6/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity in Vancouver, Washington, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 11/4/20 – Published guidance for law enforcement about how to protect election staff and ballots during the vote counting period, while also protecting First Amendment rights during public demonstrations
  • 11/2/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in the counties of Dekalb, Fulton, Floyd, Laurens, Clayton, Bartow, Lowndes, Walker, and Hart, Georgia, in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 11/2/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Spokane County, Washington, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 11/2/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Lane County, Oregon, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 11/1/20 – Published guidance for law enforcement about how to respond to drivers who express political support for a candidate while engaging in conduct that can threaten public safety, violate the law, and/or cross the line into illegal voter intimidation
  • 10/30/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Provo, Utah, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/30/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Ada County, Idaho, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/29/20 – Published guidance for law enforcement about how to protect First Amendment rights while preserving public safety during public demonstrations following the 2020 election
  • 10/29/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Reno, Nevada, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/28/20 – Filed a reply brief in support of a motion to intervene and unseal, on behalf of the Prince George’s County Office of the Public Defender, an expert report documenting numerous incidents of abuse and misconduct committed by the Prince George’s County Police Department
  • 10/27/20 – Filed a reply brief in support of a motion for summary judgment in our lawsuit challenging a new State Department rule requiring nearly all applicants for the Diversity Visa Program to have a valid passport
  • 10/27/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Washington County, Utah, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/27/20 – Published guidance outlining actions election officials can take to address and prevent voter intimidation, including by armed individuals or groups
  • 10/23/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Montgomery, New York, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/23/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity in Lakeland, Florida, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/23/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to public concern over private paramilitary activity and voter intimidation in Erie, Pennsylvania, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 10/21/20 – Published guidance outlining actions law enforcement can take to address and prevent voter intimidation, including by armed individuals or groups
  • 10/19/20 – Publicamos, en español, un recurso sobre protección contra la intimidación de votantes
  • 10/16/20 – Published a fact sheet on video recording in or near polling places
  • 10/14/20 – Filed a consolidated reply in support of a motion for preliminary injunction and response to defendants’ motion to dismiss in our lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of an advocate threatened with contempt of court and disciplinary action in violation of her First Amendment rights for seeking to ensure that indigent criminal defendants receive constitutionally adequate representation
  • 10/14/20 – Filed a merits brief in the Supreme Court arguing for the House Committee on the Judiciary to access grand jury materials redacted from the Mueller report to aid its impeachment inquiry
  • 10/8/20 – Sent a follow-up letter to the Pennsylvania First Judicial District, in light of temporary courthouse closures, to provide the public with remote access to its criminal proceedings.
  • 10/8/20 – Filed a brief in the Northern District of Georgia explaining why Georgia state law violates the First Amendment by prohibiting the practice of consumer boycotts of Israel by any company or person who contracts with the state
  • 10/7/20 – Filed a motion for summary judgment in our lawsuit challenging a new State Department rule requiring nearly all applicants for the Diversity Visa Program to have a valid passport
  • 10/2/20 – Published a fact sheet on voter intimidation laws, what kinds of conduct could constitute voter intimidation, and what to do if you experience voter intimidation
  • 9/28/20 – Filed a brief in the Fifth Circuit challenging Texas’s improper use of solitary confinement
  • 9/18/20 – Published fact sheets for all 50 states explaining the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups and what to do if groups of armed individuals are near a polling place or voter registration drive
  • 9/18/20 – Filed a motion to intervene and unseal, on behalf of the Prince George’s County Office of the Public Defender, an expert report documenting numerous incidents of abuse and misconduct committed by the Prince George’s County Police Department
  • 9/14/20 – Filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the Fourth Circuit in our lawsuit challenging a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule
  • 9/8/20 – Filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the D.C. Circuit to compel the former White House Counsel to appear before the House Judiciary Committee and testify on matters and information discussed in the Special Counsel’s Report
  • 9/4/20 – Filed a supplemental opposition to defendants’ motion to dismiss in our lawsuit challenging a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule
  • 9/4/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Weatherford, Texas, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 9/2/20 – Sent a letter to the Pennsylvania First Judicial District, in light of temporary courthouse closures, to provide the public with remote access to its criminal proceedings
  • 9/2/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Tyler, Texas, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 9/2/20 – Filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in our lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of an advocate threatened with contempt of court and disciplinary action in violation of her First Amendment rights for seeking to ensure that indigent criminal defendants receive constitutionally adequate representation
  • 9/1/20 – Filed a complaint in our lawsuit in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of an advocate threatened with contempt of court and disciplinary action in violation of her First Amendment rights for seeking to ensure that indigent criminal defendants receive constitutionally adequate representation
  • 8/31/20 – Filed briefs in the District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of the House of Representatives challenging an executive memo calling for the apportionment of the House of Representatives to exclude undocumented immigrants
  • 8/27/20 – Filed a complaint in our lawsuit seeking information under FOIA to uncover details regarding the expulsion of unaccompanied and undocumented children without legal process since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • 8/26/20 – Sent letters to local officials and the Wisconsin Attorney General in response to private paramilitary activity in Kenosha, Wisconsin, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 8/21/20 – Filed a brief in the District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of the House of Representatives challenging an executive memo calling for the apportionment of the House of Representatives to exclude undocumented immigrants
  • 8/21/20 – Sent letters to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Elkton and Broadway, Virginia, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 8/14/20 – Filed a brief in the District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of the House of Representatives challenging an executive memo calling for the apportionment of the House of Representatives to exclude undocumented immigrants
  • 8/11/20 – Filed a reply brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in our lawsuit representing firefighters seeking relief from the New York Fire Department’s “clean shave” policy
  • 8/3/20 – Filed a merits brief in the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of CHILD USA, a think tank dedicated to ending child abuse, explaining that the First Amendment does not give religious leaders a license to suppress reporting of abuse or escape liability
  • 7/31/20 – Filed a reply brief in support of a cross-motion for summary judgment and in response to the State of Indiana’s consolidated response to motions for summary judgment in our effort to defend the city of Gary, Indiana, against a challenge claiming that its welcoming city ordinance violates state law
  • 7/29/20 – Held a launch event for our toolkit discussing legal principles, best practices, and creative solutions upon which local jurisdictions may draw to protect public safety while respecting constitutional rights during rallies, protests, and other public events
  • 7/28/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Louisville, Kentucky, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 7/14/20 – Sent a follow-up letter to the Pennsylvania Fifth Judicial District, in light of temporary courthouse closures, to provide the public with remote access to its criminal proceedings
  • 7/13/20 – Filed a complaint in Albuquerque invoking New Mexico’s anti-militia and anti-paramilitary laws to prevent the return of unlawful private paramilitaries to New Mexico
  • 7/7/20 – Filed an opening brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in our lawsuit representing firefighters seeking relief from the New York Fire Department’s “clean shave” policy
  • 7/6/20 – Filed a supplemental brief in our lawsuit challenging Hamblen County, Tennessee’s wealth-based approach to pretrial detention in support of a motion for a preliminary injunction
  • 6/26/20 – Filed a reply brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in our lawsuit representing plaintiffs in Maryland challenging a ban on broadcasting criminal court proceedings
  • 6/25/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 6/25/20 – Filed a brief in the district court on behalf of law enforcement officials in support of New Jersey’s challenge to the Justice Department’s anti-sanctuary cities policies
  • 6/24/20 – Filed an opposition to defendants’ motion to dismiss in our lawsuit challenging a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule
  • 6/19/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Bonner County, Idaho, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 6/18/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Campbell County, Virginia, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 6/17/20 – Sent letters to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Bedford County and Appomattox County, Virginia, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity
  • 6/15/20 – Filed an opposition in the Supreme Court to a petition for a writ of certiorari to reverse an order granting the House Committee on the Judiciary access to grand jury materials redacted from the Mueller report to aid its impeachment inquiry
  • 6/12/20 – Filed a a brief in the Supreme Court challenging Mississippi’s juvenile life without parole sentencing practices
  • 6/11/20 – Sent a letter to local officials in response to private paramilitary activity in Altavista, Virginia, advising of applicable state law provisions against such activity