Wisconsin law says if you don’t let an appraiser come inside your house, you can’t challenge your assessment, no matter how unfair it is. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple who asserted their Fourth Amendment right to refuse to consent to a government search and were punished for standing up for their rights. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the law.
Should cities be able to declare your garden a nuisance and destroy it without giving you the chance to argue your side? That’s exactly what Green Bay did, and we filed a lawsuit seeking to hold them accountable. In the end, the city settled, paying the Gerhards for their damages and attorney fees.
Marquette guarantees its professors full academic freedom and First Amendment rights. Yet it indefinitely suspended – without pay – Professor John McAdams, a tenured conservative professor, because he criticized a graduate student instructor who told a student his opinions on gay marriage were homophobic and could not be voiced in her class. We sued Marquette University, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that it breached McAdams’ teaching contract.
Establishment Clause jurisprudence is hopelessly muddled and unmoored from its actual constitutional text. We filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take a Ten Commandments case to straighten it out, but the Court declined.
Can the government set campaign contributions so low that they effectively prevent political participation? We don’t think so, and so we filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Montana’s rock-bottom limits.
Can a public college stop its students from handing out Valentines? Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College thinks so – and it thinks it can restrict the First Amendment to a tiny “free speech zone” on campus. We think that’s unconstitutional, and filed a federal lawsuit to fix the problem.
Establishment Clause jurisprudence is hopelessly muddled and unmoored from its actual constitutional text. We filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to straighten the mess out and uphold a WWI war memorial in the shape of a cross.
Should the government be able to force attorneys to join and pay dues to an organization that takes positions they vehemently disagree with? We don’t think so, and we filed a federal civil rights lawsuit to prove it.