At any given time, the ACLU of Wisconsin has thirty to forty active matters on its litigation docket.  From municipalities infringing on individuals' free speech rights, to schools not taking race-based bullying seriously, to broader statewide issues.

Among the issues we work on are freedom of speech, freedom of religion, privacy, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or disability, police misconduct, censorship in school or libraries, fairness in application of school discipline, access to government documents, inhumane jail and prison conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

There are highlights about a few of our active cases below:

Frank v. Walker - Voter ID Lawsuit

Collins v. City of Milwaukee - Stop and Frisk Lawsuit

Boyden v. State of Wisconsin - Transgender Health Care Lawsuit

J.J. v. Litscher - Youth Prison & Solitary Confinement Case

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Doe V. Madison Metropolitan School District

In February 2020, several parents anonymously sued the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin state court.  The parents claim that the school district’s guidance that seeks to provide support for transgender, non-binary,

April 13, 2022 LGBTQIA Rights

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. Tony Evers

On April 10, 2020 the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking the release of elderly and vulnerable people from state prisons in order to avoid a dangerous outbreak that would further strain the state’s health care capacity and put public

April 10, 2020


The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee over its police department’s vast and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program.

July 16, 2019