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!
Humanist Group Defends California Student Objecting to “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance
October 6, 2015 - Principal denies student's right to sit, insists he stand, even if he turns his back to the flag.
Humanist Group Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision for Marriage Equality
June 26, 2015 - Supreme Court upholds the rights of same-sex couples in its ruling on the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case.
Florida Government Can’t Display Ten Commandments, Says Humanist Group
June 3, 2015 - AHA decries deliberate promotion of religion on public land.
Florida School Backs Down After Suspending Student for Sitting Out the Pledge of Allegiance
June 1, 2015 - TheAHA defends a student's right to freedom of speech.
Humanist Group Sues Missouri Officials for Religious Field Trip
May 27, 2015 - AHA steps in to defend students' rights after a public school sends them to a Christian sports complex.