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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Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue

Montana’s constitution explicitly prohibits aid to religious schools. However, the 2015 Montana legislature passed a bill that allowed tax credits for families who send their children to religious schools. The case made its way to the Montana Supreme Court.

November 21, 2017 Freedom of Religion

Hobaugh v. State of Montana

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