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!
February 3, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s letter to School of the Arts (MN) administrators, demanding an end to field trips to a nearby Christian church.
January 27, 2013 – Read the AHLC’s appeal, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in our case challenging overt Christian elements of public school graduation ceremonies in South Carolina.
January 10, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s letter to Oregon County, MO, demanding that a Christan nativity scene be removed from county courthouse grounds.
January 2, 2014 – Read the AHLC’s letter to Baxter County, AR, challenging the display of a Christian nativity scene on courthouse grounds.
November 20, 2013 – Read our complaint against Missouri’s Fayette School District demanding an end to teacher sponsored prayer session at Fayette High School.
February 25, 2014 – The AHLC files a suit on behalf of three plaintiffs demanding the removal of a 40-foot Christian cross on government property in Bladensberg, MD.
February 3, 2014 – The AHLC has warned school administrators in Golden Valley, MN to stop sending students on field trips to a nearby Christian church to create “manna” packages” for a Christian nonprofit group.
January 27, 2014 – The AHLC is challenging a district court’s failure to stop a South Carolina public elementary school from continuing to include religious elements during graduation ceremonies.
January 22, 2014 – The AHLC is demanding that public high school administrators in Norris City, IL end prayer services during graduation ceremonies.
January 10, 2014 – The AHLC demands the Oregon County, MO courthouse remove a Christian nativity display from its grounds.