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!
UPDATED June 9, 2015 – Read through the latest developments as the AHLC defends the rights of students to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance.
February 26, 2015 – Read the AHA’s complaint challenging unconstitutional discrimination against humanist inmates.
December 30, 2014 – Read the AHA’s complaint challenging a nativity scene on courthouse property.
December 9, 2014 – Read the letter challenging a Christian “purity” culture presentation in a Minnesota public school.
December 2, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s complaint against a Georgia school district’s promotion of Christianity.
July 29, 2015 – A cross statue in a public park in Pensacola, FL, has been the site of church services.
July 27, 2015 – AHA settles its lawsuit with the Bureau of Prisons.
July 22, 2015 – The AHLC filed an appellate brief with the Fourth Circuit.
July 20, 2015 – Hall County School District agrees to train staff in their duties under the First Amendment in response to AHA lawsuit.
July 13, 2015 – The American Humanist Association stops a public school from unconstitutionally promoting religion.