Civil Rights and Election Law
We have successfully litigated many civil rights cases for our clients before judges and juries in state, federal, and appellate courts throughout Tennessee and across the U.S. These include advocating for the constitutional rights of immigrants, prisoners and victims of illegal discrimination. We also represent victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of prohibited conduct. In addition, we advise clients and litigate cases involving voter suppression, voting rights and election law, and serve as counsel for the Tennessee Democratic Party.
In the areas of civil rights and sexual harassment, in recent years we have advocated for the rights of immigration detainees in Abdullah Abriq v. Metro Nashville, No. 3:17-cv-690 (M.D. Tenn.), for the rights of a sexual assault victim in James Clint Arnold v. Cornerstone Church of Nashville, No. 16C1131 (Davidson County Cir. Ct.), and for the rights of female visitors to a Tennessee prison to be free from unlawful, invasive and humiliating strip searches in Doe v. Corr. Corp. of Am. et al., No. 3:15-cv-68 (M.D .Tenn.).
Our election law cases include the following significant litigation victories:
- Booker for Kentucky v. Bobbie Holsclaw, Case No. 20-CI-3594, Jefferson County Circuit Court (obtaining an emergency,temporary injunction requiring the Jefferson County Clerk to keep the single polling location in Jefferson County open duringthe 2020 primary election, an action that led to nationwide press coverage.)
- Liberty Legal Foundation, et al, v. Tennessee Democratic Party, et al, Case No. 2:12-cv-02143, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (successfully defended state party and members of Congress in a suit falsely claiming that President Barack Obama should not appear on the ballot for the 2012 election because he was not a “natural born citizen” of the United States and obtaining sanctions against the frivolous claims brought by plaintiffs).
- Harwell v. Mt. Juliet, Case No. 3:16-cv-02374 and Dilks v. Thompsons Station, Case No. 3:16-cv-02845, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (successfully obtained a temporary injunction and declaration that an ordinance regulating the timing of political yard signs violated the First Amendment).