Despite the Humanist movement’s long history of using the courts to stand up for our rights, no Humanist group has ever had more than a handful of lawyers assisting with the process. To address this, and to ensure that our constitutional rights are represented in court, the American Humanist Association launched the Appignani Humanist Legal Center (AHLC) in 2006. Through amicus activity, litigation, and other legal advocacy, our team of cooperating lawyers, including Humanist luminaries such as Jim McCollum, Wendy Kaminer, and Michael Newdow, provides legal assistance to defend the constitutional rights of religious and secular minorities by directly challenging clear violations of the Establishment Clause and seeking equal rights for humanists, atheists and other freethinkers.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center is always looking for qualified Humanist-minded attorneys to join our legal team in the fight to defend the separation of church and state and equal rights for humanists, atheists, and other freethinkers.
If you would like to join our list of cooperating pro-bono attorneys and lend whatever support you can to our cause, please contact us. We also welcome inquiries from law students who would like to apply for an internship with the legal center.
If you have encountered a violation of the separation of church and state or discrimination against humanists, atheists, or other freethinkers please contact us!
October 22, 2014 – Read the AHA’s complaint challenging Douglas County School District’s (CO) multiple Establishment Clause violations.
UPDATED October 21, 2014 – Read through the latest developments as the AHLC defends the rights of students to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance.
October 14, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s letter challenging the district’s First Amendment violation and a consent decree.
October 14, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s letter to Blairsville High School in PA regarding a Christian-themed calendar in the classroom.
October 6, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s letter to Humphreys County officials challenging overt Christian references on an official government seal.
October 22, 2014 – The Appignani Humanist Legal Center challenges a public school’s practices of supporting Christianity.
October 21, 2014 – American Humanist Association objects to this violation of students’ constitutional rights.
October 15, 2014 – In response to a letter from the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a public school will uphold church/state separation.
October 14, 2014 – The Rankin County School District violates the First Amendment and a consent decree.
October 14, 2014 – At the urging of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a public school teacher takes down a religious calendar.