The ACLU of Colorado’s Legal Department works to protect and defend civil liberties through litigation as well as legal advocacy outside the courtroom. With only three full-time attorneys on staff, the ACLU also relies on the work of dedicated volunteer cooperating attorneys from around the state who are willing to donate their time and talent to assist our struggle for liberty.
- Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.
One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.
By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.
Litigation & Legal Advocacy
City of Northglenn v. Ibarra
This case challenges a growing trend in which Colorado cities and counties have been revising their zoning laws so as to exclude foster families and group homes that house sex offenders. On January 27, 2000, the City of Northglenn enacted a new zoning ordinance that redefines the term “family” so as to exclude any household that contains....
Racial Justice, Student and Youth Rights
Palmer High School Gay/Straight Alliance v. Colorado Springs School District No. 11
The ACLU filed suit on behalf of a group of students at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs who challenge the school's refusal to recognize their student club, the Palmer High Gay/Straight Alliance. The students started the club in January 2003, but school authorities have repeatedly refused to recognize it. Without recognition, the student group....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, LGBT Equality, Student and Youth Rights
In Re Parental Responsibility for E.L.M.C.
A lesbian couple in a long-term relationship decided to adopt and raise a child. They planned and carried out the adoption together, although under Colorado law only one of the two could be listed as the "legal" parent. After several years raising the child together, the couple broke up. The district court determined that joint parenting responsibilities....
LGBT Equality, Racial Justice
Baca v. Orr
In this lawsuit involving a challenge to whether a proposed initiative should be placed on the ballot, the ACLU of Colorado filed an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court. The petitioners in the case challenged a proposed initiative that would amend the Colorado constitution to require that the state not "discriminate against, or grant preferential....
Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Challenge to Questions on Colorado Bar Application
In this case, the ACLU contends that the Colorado Board of Law Examiners violates the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) and the constitutional right of privacy by requiring applicants to the Colorado bar to answer broadly worded questions about their past history of treatment for mental or emotional problems or substance abuse. We argue that the....
Privacy & Technology, Racial Justice
Couture v. Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Center
John Couture was hired as a phlebotomist by the Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Center. During training, he disclosed that he was HIV positive, and he was then informed that he could not be a phlebotomist. He sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The district court dismissed his action, and he appealed.
The ACLU of Colorado, along....