The ACLU of Alaska works tirelessly in the courts to defend your constitutional rights and expand your civil liberties. We specialize in impact litigation, which means that we carefully and thoughtfully represent clients in lawsuits that have the potential to not just help them, but also a large number of Alaskans.

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Smith v. State of Alaska

The ACLU of Alaska submitted an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in Smith v. State of Alaska asking the Court of Appeals to hold that excluding Alaska Native villages from jury service violates rural residents' rights to equal protection and due process.

February 24, 2017 Alaska Native Rights

Planned Parenthood v. Alaska

In Alaska, 40-year-old restrictions on clinics forced women who needed to terminate a pregnancy after the 1st trimester to leave the state in order to obtain the care they needed.

November 30, 2016 Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood v. Alaska

In 2010, Alaskan voters passed the Alaska Parental Notification Initiative, which prohibits minor women from obtaining an abortion without informing a parent or guardian.
July 22, 2016 Reproductive Rights

Olson v. Hooper Bay

On Christmas night in 2006, three police officers in Hooper Bay, a town on Alaska’s western coast, fired their Tasers into Thomas Olson about 15 times within 90 seconds. Mr. Olson sued the police officers and Hooper Bay, asserting this excessive use of force violated his rights.

April 22, 2016 Criminal Justice Reform

Planned Parenthood v. Streur

In 2013, the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services introduced a new regulation that restricted the ability of low-income women on Medicaid to obtain an abortion.
August 27, 2015 Reproductive Rights

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