The ACLU of Connecticut's legal program handles cases that involve infringements upon constitutional rights and civil liberties. We represent individuals or classes of individuals whose cases will either serve to create new legal precedent or will result in general system-wide reform in favor of protecting and defending civil liberties. We file lawsuits, and we file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. All of our legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services. You can learn more about requesting legal assistance from the ACLU of Connecticut here.

 

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McPherson et al v Lamont et al

The ACLU of Connecticut filed a federal class action lawsuit on April 20, 2020 on behalf of all people incarcerated in Connecticut prisons and jails, seeking emergency action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) facilities.

April 21, 2020

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association et al v Lamont and Cook

The ACLU of Connecticut, representing the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) and people who are incarcerated, filed a lawsuit in Superior Court seeking emergency action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people who are incarcerated in Connecticut.

April 3, 2020

Watley v Katz

In this case, we are asking the federal courts to recognize that if DCF violates a parent's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, those parents have a right to sue in federal court.

January 31, 2020

Williams v Murphy (amicus brief)

The ACLU of Connecticut filed a friend of the court brief arguing that federal law forbids Connecticut from discounting a prison abuse judgment against one of its employees even if the judgment has no punitive damages within it.

August 13, 2019 Criminal Justice