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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Amicus Brief: Kansas v. Cross

On February 26, 2021, the ACLU of Kansas and the ACLU Capital Punishment Project filed an amicus brief in State of Kansas v. Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr. challenging the constitutionality of Kansas’ death penalty.

February 26, 2021 Criminal Legal Reform

Loud Light & Hammet v. Schwab (2020)

In December 2020, the ACLU of Kansas brought a suit on behalf of 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 (KORA).

December 15, 2020 Voting Rights

Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. Kelly and Schmidt

On August 31, 2020, the ACLU of Kansas and the ACLU of Utah filed an amicus brief in Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Food Safety, Shy 38 Inc., and Hope Sanctuary v. Laura Kelly and Derek Schmidt challenging Kansas’ “Ag-Gag” law in the 10th Circuit after the State appealed.

August 31, 2020 The First Amendment

LOUD LIGHT & HAMMET V. SCHWAB

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 Criminal Legal 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