The Legal Program handles cases that involve infringements upon constitutional rights and civil liberties. We represent individuals or classes of individuals whose cases will either serve to create new precedent or will result in general system-wide reform in favor of protecting and defending civil liberties.

In other situations, we may not file a lawsuit, but may write letters calling for changes or reforms.

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Hobaugh v. State of Montana

On October 17, 2017, the ACLU of Montana challenged the constitutionality of the anti-LGBTQ I-183 ballot initiative. Ten Montanans and the City of Missoula signed on as plaintiffs to the legal challenge.
October 16, 2017 LGBTQ Rights

Kalonde v. Walmart

The ACLU of Montana filed an administrative complaint with the Montana Human Rights Bureau over racial discrimination that Dr. Gilbert Kalonde, who is Black, faced while obtaining a fishing license from the Walmart store in Bozeman.

August 8, 2016 Racial Justice

State of Montana v. R.S.A.

The ACLU of Montana filed an amicus brief in September 2014 in support of the defendant in this case involving a prisoner with mental illness who was transferred from the Montana State Hospital to a county jail where he was held in solitary confinement for five months, deprived of his medication

September 8, 2014 Jails and Prisons

Rolando v. State of Montana

On May 21, 2014, the ACLU of Montana filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Montana on behalf of four same-sex couples seeking to marry or have their marriages recognized by the State.

May 21, 2014 LGBTQ Rights

Disability Rights Montana v. Glueckert

Disability Rights Montana v Batista: On March 31, 2014 , the ACLU of Montana together with co-counsel from Foley and Lardner, LLP and Holland and Hart, LLP filed suit in federal court on behalf of our client Disability Rights Montana.

March 31, 2014 Jails and Prisons

MEA-MFT v. State of Montana

The ACLU of Montana filed an amicus brief in this case challenging the legality of a legislative referendum seeking to do away with same-day voter registration in Montana.

January 21, 2014 Voting Rights

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