Rev. Roake v. Brumley

Challenging Louisiana law requiring the Ten Commandments to be posted in every public school classroom.

Garrick v. Moody Bible Institute

Lawsuit by former teacher against religious school that fired her for complaining about sex discrimination but claims that because it is religious it cannot be held liable.

Moyle v. United States

Opposing Idaho’s attempt to undermine critical healthcare protections for pregnant people and others experiencing medical emergencies.

Kumar v. Koester

Explaining that the history of the Establishment Clause requires the government to be neutral toward religion, neither favoring nor disfavoring any particular faith

Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc.

Opposed arguments by a baker that the First Amendment allows him to disregard a Colorado antidiscrimination law and refuse to create a custom birthday cake for a transgender customer.

Kariye v. Mayorkas

Opposing U.S. Customs and Border Protection practice of singling out Muslim American travelers for questioning regarding their religious beliefs, practices, and associations during security screenings.

Janny v. Gamez

Challenge to parole officer’s decision to return to jail atheist parolee for refusing to participate in worship and Bible study at rescue mission.

Hile v. Michigan

Opposed lawsuit challenging Michigan constitutional prohibition on public funding of private schools.

Crisitello v. St. Theresa School

Supported art teacher who was discriminated against and fired by her religious school because of her pregnancy and marital status.

Fitzgerald v. Roncalli High School

Lawsuit by guidance counselor against religious school that fired her for being married to a woman but claims that because it is religious it cannot be held liable.

Marouf v. Beccera

Challenge to federal support for foster care agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ families.

Bishop of Charleston v. Adams

Opposed lawsuit challenging validity of South Carolina state constitutional provision prohibiting use of public funds to directly benefit private schools.

Updegrove v. Herring

Opposed claims by a wedding photographer that a state law prohibiting businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation violates his constitutional rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.

Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries

Opposed arguments by a bakery’s owners that they had free-speech and religious-exercise rights to disregard an antidiscrimination law and refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.

303 Creative v. Elenis

Opposed claims by a web designer that it is constitutionally entitled to an exemption from a state law prohibiting sexual-orientation discrimination in public accommodations.

Groff v. DeJoy

Supported employers’ right to consider burdens on coworkers and customers when deciding whether to grant workplace religious accommodations.

Belya v. Kapral

Representing a former member of the Russian Orthodox Church, who was defamed by church leaders, against the church leaders’ claims that because they are religious, they cannot be held liable for publicly labeling someone as a fraud and a liar.

Carson v. Makin

Defended Maine law that prevents public funds from being used for religious education and discriminatory practices.

Slattery v. Cuomo

Defended New York law prohibiting employment discrimination based on employees’ reproductive-health decisions.

Emilee Carpenter, LLC v. James

Opposed claims by a wedding photographer that she is constitutionally entitled to a religious exemption from a state law prohibiting sexual-orientation discrimination in public accommodations.

Shurtleff v. Boston

Defended the City of Boston’s decision not to fly a Christian flag on a city flagpole.

Gordon College v. DeWeese-Boyd

Representation of a social-work professor, who could not be fairly considered a “minister” at her religious college, and who was denied full tenure based on her gender and criticism of her former employer’s anti-LGBTQ policies.

Zubik v. Burwell

Opposed arguments by religious organizations that they had religion-based right to prevent insurance companies or administrators from providing coverage for contraceptives to organizations’ employees or students.

Strawser v. Strange

Challenge to Alabama’s refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

McCall v. Scott

Challenge to a Florida program that used tax credits to fund religious schools.

Hewett v. City of King

Challenge to city’s religious displays and memorial ceremonies at a veterans’ memorial on public land.

Marshall v. City of Warren

Challenge to city’s refusal to allow an atheist to set up a “reason station” in a city-hall atrium despite allowing a local church to operate a “prayer station” there.

Shapiro v. Browning

Challenge to proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would have required public funding of religious institutions whenever that funding was permissible under the U.S. Constitution.

Mullin v. Sussex County

Challenge to county council’s practice of beginning meetings by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Holt v. Hobbs

Supported a Muslim prisoner’s claims that he should be permitted to grow a beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.

Morgan v. Martinez

Challenge to New Jersey’s decision to reject a pro-atheist vanity license plate but allow pro-Christian plates.

Brookover v. Gilmer County

Lawsuit against county and county employees to remedy the employees’ religion-based harassment of a same-sex couple seeking a marriage license.

Caplan v. Town of Acton

Challenge to town’s decision to give grant money to local churches for property improvement projects.

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

Supported Philadelphia’s decision to stop referring children to a religiously affiliated child-placement agency that refused to work with same-sex couples.

Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

Supported argument that a claim for nominal damages should prevent civil-rights cases from becoming moot after an unconstitutional policy is changed.

Tanzin v Tanvir

Supported Muslim plaintiffs’ argument that they should be able to seek money damages against FBI agents under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch

Supported Muslim woman after she was denied employment by Abercrombie & Fitch because her hijab didn’t fit their clothing stores’ “look policy.”

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Defended the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage regulations against claims by secular, for-profit businesses with religious owners that they cannot be required to include contraception coverage in their employee health plans without violating their religious rights.

University of Notre Dame v. Price

Defended the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, and Notre Dame students’ access to contraceptive coverage, in the face of Notre Dame’s alleged religious objections.

Ziglar v. Abbasi

Supported lawsuit by men of Middle Eastern descent who, based on their perceived ethnicity and religion, were detained, tortured, and denied the ability to practice their faith.

Duncan v. Nevada

Challenge to a Nevada program allowing parents to receive money from the state’s public-school fund to pay for their children’s education at a religious private school.

Town of Greece v. Galloway

Challenge to town board’s practice of inviting clergy members, overwhelmingly Christian, to open board meetings with a prayer.

Does v. School District of Elmbrook

Challenge to public school district’s practice of holding its high-school graduation ceremonies in an evangelical Christian church filled with religious imagery.

Does v. Enfield Public Schools

Lawsuit by high-school seniors and their parents seeking to prevent their public high schools from holding their graduation ceremonies inside a Christian church.

Westphal v. Wagner

Challenge to practice of community college district of delivering official prayer and religious programming at graduations, scholarship-award ceremonies, and other important events for students and faculty.

Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn

Establishment Clause challenge to an Arizona statute allowing residents to direct part of their tax payments to organizations that provide scholarships to students, most of which went towards students at religious schools.

Stewart v. Johnson County

Challenged county’s refusal to display a resident’s posters about church/state separation, despite having approved a Ten Commandments display.

Hollingsworth v. Perry

Supported challenge to California constitutional amendment that limited legal marriages to those between one man and one woman.

Sossamon v. Texas

Supported challenge under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act to Texas prison officials’ denial to an inmate of a fair opportunity to engage in religious services.

Stewart v. Nicholson

Challenge to failure by Department of Veteran Affairs to approve the Wiccan Pentacle as a religious emblem for use on official headstones, grave markers, and memorial plaques in veterans’ cemeteries.

Van Orden v. Perry

Supported challenge to a Ten Commandments monument donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles and placed on the grounds of the Texas Capitol building.

Staley v. Harris County

Challenge to monument of open King James Bible that was donated by the Star of Hope Mission and placed outside the entrance of the Harris County courthouse in Texas.

Odom v. City of Ringgold

Challenge to a display of framed copies of the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer in the city hall building in Ringgold, Georgia.

Young v. Charleston County

Challenge to a plan to install a depiction of the Ten Commandments in the Council Chambers of Charleston County, South Carolina.

Cutter v. Wilkinson

Opposed challenge to Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal law protecting the rights of prison inmates to practice their religions.

Glassroth v. Moore

Challenge to the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court’s placement of a Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the State Judicial Building.

Chandler v. James

Challenge to Alabama’s “Student-Initiated Prayer Statute” and other officially sponsored religious activities taking place in public schools.

University of Wisconsin v. Southworth

Lawsuit involving challenge by religious students to the University of Wisconsin’s student fee system, which they alleged required them to pay for activities of student clubs with whose social positions they disagreed.

Person v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

Challenge to City of Baltimore’s disbursement of taxpayer funds to the National Baptist Convention, when the funds were intended to support a Convention-organized event involving proselytizing to the hungry.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

Challenge to Pennsylvania school district’s policy requiring science teachers to promote “intelligent design” as an alternative to the scientific theory of evolution.

Hurst v. Newman

Challenge to “Philosophy of Design” class taught public high-school in California that argued young-earth creationism and intelligent design.

Doe v. Ouachita Parish School District

Challenge to decision by Louisiana to remove the word “silent” from a school-prayer statute, along with other school-sponsored religious practices by schools in the Ouachita Parish School District.

Zelman v. Simmons-Harris

Supported challenge to Ohio voucher program that authorized payment of tuition costs for children in Cleveland to attend private schools, including sectarian schools.

Locke v. Davey

Opposed a challenge to a Washington statute providing that students majoring in theology are ineligible for a state-funded university scholarship program.

Moeller v. Bradford County

Challenge to federal, state, and local funding of the Firm Foundation, an organization that ran a religious vocational-training program for inmates in a jail in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Mitchell v. Helms

Supported challenge to statute under which the federal government distributes funds to state and local government agencies, which in turn lend educational materials and equipment to public and private schools, including religious schools.

Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation

Supported challenge by taxpayers to conferences, held as part of President George W. Bush’s “Faith-Based and Community Initiatives” program, to assist religious organizations in applying for and receiving federal grants.

Anderson v. Town of Durham

Defended Maine program that paid for high schoolers in districts without public high schools to attend neighboring public schools or nonreligious private schools.

Salazar v. Buono

Supported a challenge to a display of a Latin cross on federal land in the Mojave National Preserve.

Colorado Congress of Parents v. Owens

Challenge to a Colorado voucher program requiring school districts to make available to parents of under-performing students tuition payments to private schools, including religious schools.

Holmes v. Bush

Challenge to Florida program allowing students at schools designated as “failing” to receive a voucher permitting them to attend not only neighboring public schools but also private schools, including religious schools.

Hibbs v. Winn

Supported challenge to Arizona law authorizing tax credits for scholarships for private religious education.

Ford v. Browning

Challenge to proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution that would have permitted voucher subsidies for religious private schools and would have eliminated the Florida Constitution’s language barring tax aid to religion.

Chane v. District of Columbia

Challenge to proposed exchange between D.C. and a religious shelter that proselytized its homeless clients, where the exchange would have resulted in a substantial financial benefit for the religious entity.

Summers v. Adams

Challenge to South Carolina legislation creating a Christian-themed state license plate, bearing a large cross superimposed on a stained-glass window and the words “I Believe.”

Joyner v. Forsyth County

Challenge to North Carolina county board’s practice of inviting (predominantly Christian) clergy to deliver sectarian prayers at board meetings.

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

Defended law school’s nondiscrimination policy for officially recognized student organizations against challenge by group that required members to sign a statement of faith and denied membership based on sexual orientation.

Summum v. Pleasant Grove City

Opposed municipality’s decision to place Ten Commandments monument in public park while disallowing monument proposed by minority religion.