The New York Civil Liberties Union works in the courts as a public-interest law firm, bringing constitutional test cases in state and federal court. The NYCLU's legal program balances enforcement litigation, or cases that enforce previously established standards, and cutting-edge test case litigation, or cases that seek to set new standards. While litigation alone does not represent a complete strategy to preserve and enhance civil liberties, the lawsuits pursued by the NYCLU are important because of the particular wrongs they right, the individuals and groups they protect, and the constitutional doctrines they establish. Our litigation complements our proactive program of public education and advocacy.

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NYCLU's Opposition to Partisan Lawsuit Attacking Absentee Voting

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a motion to intervene as defendants in a lawsuit brought by Republican and Conservative Party leaders challenging the state’s laws governing who is eligible for an absentee ballot in New York and how they are canvassed. 

October 5, 2022

NYCLU v. Suffolk Police Department

The New York Civil Liberties Union, with pro bono counsel from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, filed a lawsuit against the Suffolk Police Department unlawfully denying the NYCLU’s requests for records related to police misconduct.

September 26, 2022

Tucker et al v. NYC et al

The New York Civil Liberties Union submitted an amicus brief in support of parents and teachers who allege that the Department of Education (DOE) violated state law by denying parents, students, educators, and community members the opportunity to provide critical public comments about how hundred

August 26, 2022 Education

NYCLU v. New York State Police

The New York Civil Liberties Union, with pro bono counsel from Latham & Watkins LLP, filed a lawsuit against the New York State Police (NYSP) for unlawfully denying the NYCLU’s requests for the full slate of records related to police misconduct authorized to be disclosed following the repeal of 50-a

July 5, 2022