Along with our advocacy, legislative, and public education work, litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which the ACLU of Kansas fights for equality and civil rights throughout the Sunflower State. See below for more information on the cases we've brought to the courts.

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Coca and Rangel-Lopez v. City of Dodge City

On December 15, 2022, the ACLU of Kansas, UCLA Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union, and pro bono partner Cleary Gottlieb LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging the at-large method of elections in Dodge City, Kansas, charging it unlawfully dilutes the voting power of Latine* res

December 16, 2022 Voting Rights

Kansas v. Young

If the death penalty is racist, arbitrary and serves no valid penological purpose, does it violate the Kansas constitution?

The Sedgwick County District Court will grapple with this question at an unprecedented evidentiary hearing beginning on February 6, 2023.

December 12, 2022 Criminal Legal Reform

Amicus: State v. Garrett

On June 13, 2022, the ACLU of Kansas filed an amicus brief in State of Kansas v. Edwanda R. Garrett challenging the constitutionality of K.S.A. 21-6608(c)(7), which currently prolongs probation for “as long as the amount of restitution order has not been paid”.

June 13, 2022

Glendening et al. v. Howard et al. [KDADS – Larned State Hospital]

The ACLU of Kansas, along with partners, filed a class action suit on May 26, 2022 against the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), citing wait times as long as 13 months for competency evaluations and restoration treatment for people facing criminal charges. 

May 26, 2022

Alonzo et al. v. Schwab et al. (Rivera v. Schwab)

On February 14, 2021, the ACLU of Kansas and partners filed suit in Wyandotte County District Court Monday, seeking to block the recently enacted congressional redistricting map. On May 18, 2022, the Supreme Court of Kansas ruled against the Plaintiffs, allowing the Ad Astra 2 map to take effect.

February 15, 2022 Voting Rights

Shaw v. Jones

On January 30, 2020, the ACLU of Kansas filed a lawsuit challenging the Kansas Highway Patrol’s practice of unconstitutionally targeting motorists with out-of-state plates traveling to and from Colorado and routinely employing a training technique known as the “Kansas Two-Step.”

October 8, 2021 Criminal Legal Reform