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 26, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s complaint against the Ocala Police Department’s Establishment Clause violation.
November 24, 2014 – Read the letter objecting to a Christian nativity display on county property.
November 24, 2014 – Read the letter challenging a university-sponsored fundraiser for a Christian church.
November 20, 1984 – Read the letter sent on behalf of parents of students at a South Carolina public school.
UPDATED November 18, 2014 – Read through the latest developments as the AHLC defends the rights of students to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance.
November 26, 2014 – The Appignani Humanist Legal Center takes action against a police department violating the Establishment Clause.
November 24, 2014 – A Texas courthouse won’t permit a humanist HumanLight display, but they will allow a Christian nativity scene.
November 24, 2014 – The Appignani Humanist Legal Center objects to Rutgers University’s sponsoring a fundraiser for a Christian church.
November 21, 2014 – The Appignani Humanist Legal Center celebrates a victory for church/state separation!
November 20, 2014 – A school in South Carolina is raising money to support a proselytizing local church.