The ACLU of Maryland Legal Department's docket features an array of cases and other legal advocacy touching on a wide range of civil liberties issues. It also reflects important themes. First, the ACLU of Maryland has been increasingly called upon to defend important federal civil rights laws from challenges by courts increasingly hostile to enforcing the protections of federal law. Second, the ACLU resolves legal issues with legislative remedies, bringing advocates, activists, and others together to effect social change.

From a single phone call to complex litigation, the ACLU brings the force and intent of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Maryland Declaration of Rights to life for all Marylanders. 

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Stone v. Trump

UPDATE: On March 23 the Trump administration announced its proposal to implement the trans military ban. On April 23, six additional individuals who want the opportunity to serve in the military and are transgender joined the ACLU's lawsuit.

June 19, 2018 LGBTQ+ Rights Civil Rights

Laurenson v. Hogan

The ACLU of Maryland brought a lawsuit against Governor Larry Hogan that is apart of a wave of high-profile cases across the country against elected officials charged with trying to silence constituents on social media. 

August 1, 2017 Free Speech Open Government

ACLU & The Real News Network v. City of Salisbury

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland filed a lawsuit challenging the practice as an unconstitutional violation of free speech and illegal under Maryland's public transparency through "gag orders" that silence victims of police abuse as a condition of resolving their cases.

June 29, 2017 Free Speech Police Practices

Muslim Ban Challenge

A federal lawsuit was filed in February 2016 challenging President Trump's Muslim ban executive order, charging it violates the Constitution - including the First Amendment's prohibition of government establishment of religion and the Fifth Amendment's guarantees of equal treatment under the law

February 7, 2017 Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Due Process Religious Liberty