Civil Rights

We represent individuals who believe their civil rights have been violated under federal or state law, including cases involving the First Amendment, police brutality, and prisoner rights. We also handle cases for individuals who have been discriminated against due to gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status in employment, rental housing, schools, or other places of public accommodation.

We are proud to have been involved in a number of major civil rights cases in Vermont. Some of these significant cases include: Baker v. State of Vermont, which established that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as married couples; Brigham v. State of Vermont, which established the right to equal educational opportunity under the Vermont Constitution; Chittenden Town School District v. Vermont Department of Education, which clarified the lines of separation between church and state under Vermont law; and Randall v. Sorrell, which raised constitutional challenges to Vermont’s campaign finance reform law. These cases also represent just some of our extensive pro bono experience.