Annual Reports

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

  • 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
  • 5/29/20 – Filed a letter brief opposing dismissal of the complaint in our lawsuit challenging the intentional and discriminatory exclusion of U.S. citizen children from the benefits of emergency cash assistance distributed in response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • 5/29/20 – Filed a response brief in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in our First Amendment suit challenging Pennsylvania court rules that prohibit the public from audio-recording bail hearings
  • 5/28/20 – Sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Fifth Judicial District, in light of temporary courthouse closures, to provide the public with remote access to its criminal proceedings
  • 5/18/20 – Filed an opposition in the Supreme Court to a motion to stay, pending the disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, the mandate granting the House Committee on the Judiciary access to grand jury materials redacted from the Mueller report to aid its impeachment inquiry
  • 5/5/20 – Filed a complaint in our lawsuit challenging the exclusion of U.S. citizen children from the benefits of emergency cash assistance distributed in response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • 4/29/20 – Filed an opposition in the D.C. Circuit to a motion to stay, pending a petition for a writ of certiorari, the mandate granting the House Committee on the Judiciary access to grand jury materials redacted from the Mueller report to aid its impeachment inquiry
  • 4/27/20 – Filed a brief in the Seventh Circuit on behalf of law enforcement officials in support of the city of Evanston’s challenge to the Justice Department’s anti-sanctuary cities policies
  • 4/16/20 – Filed a supplemental 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
  • 4/14/20 – Filed a revised renewed motion for preliminary injunction in our lawsuit challenging the city of St. Louis, Missouri’s wealth-based approach to pretrial detention
  • 4/7/20 – Filed a brief on behalf of CHILD USA, a think tank dedicated to ending child abuse, urging the Texas Supreme Court to review a case and explaining that the First Amendment does not give religious leaders a license to suppress reporting of abuse or escape liability
  • 3/30/20 – Filed a renewed motion for preliminary injunction in our lawsuit challenging the city of St. Louis, Missouri’s wealth-based approach to pretrial detention
  • 3/23/20 – Filed an opening brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in our lawsuit representing plaintiffs in Maryland challenging a ban on broadcasting criminal court proceedings
  • 3/6/20 – 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
  • 2/24/20 – Sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging passage of a bill to clarify the criminalization of female genital mutilation
  • 2/23/20 – Published an article spotlighting the potential for section 2 of the 14th amendment to combat voter suppression
  • 2/19/20 – Filed a reply brief in our case before the Utah Supreme Court arguing to overturn a decision that precludes tort victims from seeking compensation for injuries arising out of religiously motivated conduct
  • 2/16/20 – Filed a complaint challenging Hamblen County, Tennessee’s wealth-based approach to pretrial detention as well as a motion for class certification and a motion for a temporary restraining order
  • 2/13/20 – Filed an opposition to a motion to dismiss in our lawsuit against a new Diversity Visa Program rule
  • 1/30/20 – Filed a brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court arguing for magistrate judges to state their reasoning for bail decisions on the record and to preserve a verbatim account of every preliminary arraignment.
  • 1/17/20 – Filed a brief in the Eleventh Circuit challenging Florida’s disenfranchisement of those unable to pay criminal court debt
  • 1/15/20 – Filed a response to defendants’ motions to dismiss in our lawsuit challenging a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ban on recording bail hearing proceedings.
  • 1/13/20 – Filed a brief in the Fourth Circuit defending a preliminary injunction in our lawsuit to stop a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule from going into effect
  • 1/8/20 – Published an op-ed laying out the reasons why a recent movement by local governments to declare themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” is legally dubious
  • 1/3/20 – Filed a second amended complaint adding the City of Baltimore as a plaintiff in our lawsuit to stop a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule from going into effect