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!
November 20, 2013 – Read our complaint against Missouri’s Fayette School District demanding an end to teacher sponsored prayer session at Fayette High School.
November 1, 2013 – Read the AHLC’s letter to Birdsville Independent School District in Texas challenging a student’s suspension for ripping Bible pages.
Septmeber 11, 2013 – Read our complaint against Greenville County School District (SC) over public elementary school graduation ceremonies help in a Christian university’s chapel.
September 4, 2013 – Read through case briefs in the AHA’s lawsuit over the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
August 5, 2013 – Read the AHLC’s letter to Maxwell AFB regarding forced religious references in Air Force graduation ceremonies.
December 5, 2013 – Involvement of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center clears suspension and allows student to continue carrying ripped Bible at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, TX.
December 3, 2013 – A district judge is allowing a South Carolina public school system to continue graduation ceremonies in a Christian chapel with Christian prayers while the AHA prepares for trial.
November 26, 2013 – Administrators of Northwest Rankin County High School found to have violated the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.
November 20, 2013 – The AHLC has filed suit today again school officials in Fayette, MO, demanding an end to teacher sponsored and school-promoted classroom prayer at Fayette High School.
November 13, 2013 – Administrators at a South Carolina public elementary school have agreed to end participation in Operation Christmas Child, an evangelical christian program.