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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On June 24, 2020, the ACLU of Kansas filed a lawsuit on behalf of voter advocacy nonprofit Loud Light and its founder and Executive Director Davis Hammett against Secretary of Scott Schwab for violating his office's obligation to follow the Kansas Open Records Act. 

June 24, 2020 Voting Rights

Hadley et al. v. Zmuda et al

On April 9, 2020, the ACLU of Kansas filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people imperiled by dangerous conditions inside ill-equipped and overcrowded state prisons amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

April 10, 2020 Smart Justice Reform

Amicus Brief: Kansas v. Beasley

The ACLU of Kansas filed an amicus brief in State of Kansas v. Beasley, in support of Mr. Beasley, who was subjected to imprisonment solely because he was unable to pay his probation fees. 

April 1, 2020

Perks v. Highland Community College

On March 19, 2020, the ACLU of Kansas filed a lawsuit on behalf of four individuals against Highland Community College, its VP of Student Services, and its Athletic Director for pervasive racially hostile and discriminatory treatment of black students, especially athletes.

March 19, 2020

Crews v. Sawyer

On September 9, 2019, the ACLU of Kansas and the ACLU of Missouri filed a request for emergency injunctive relief on behalf of Leaman Crews against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for its life-threatening and discriminatory denial of necessary medical treatment.

September 11, 2019

Hoedel and Yeargin v. Kirk

On August 1, 2019, the ACLU of Kansas filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Kansas defending two environmental activists attacked in a baseless, retaliatory ‘consumer protection’ investigation in 2018 by an official with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC).

August 1, 2019 The First Amendment