The following are legal documents filed or created by the ACLU of Iowa:

2020

March 17, 2020

Brief filed on behalf of petitioners ALDF, Bailing Out Benji, CCI, and others seeking summary judgment enjoining Iowa's second "ag gag" law.

March 4, 2020

Order denying state's motion for a new trial, and granting $384,227 in attorneys fees to ACLU attorneys in Vroegh v. Department of Corrections et al., our historic transgender rights employment and benefits discrimination case.

January 21, 2020

Brief filed with the Iowa District Court on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in resistance to the State's motion for summary judgment in our case to block a law excluding Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving crucial funding to provide sex education for youth in Iowa.

January 10, 2020

Amicus brief filed by the ACLU of Iowa, Jane Doe (through her attorneys at Iowa Legal Aid), and the Fines and Fees Justice Center, arguing that there is no statutory or constitutional basis to impose court costs, and in particular, the cost of court-appointed attorneys, on indigent persons after their charges have been dismissed.
 

2019

December 19, 2019
Brief filed in support of summary judgment on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, to block a law excluding Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving crucial funding to provide sex education for youth in Iowa.
 
December 16, 2019
Supplemental brief opposing state's motion for a new trial, filed on behalf of Jesse Vroegh, who prevailed at trial against the state of Iowa for discriminating against him because he is transgender by denying him use of the men's restrooms at work, and by banning coverage for medically necessary gender affirming surgery.
 
November 8, 2019
Proof reply brief filed by ACLU of Iowa on behalf of Mika Covington, Aiden Vasquez, and One Iowa in their expedited appeal of the district court's dismissal of their challenge to an Iowa law that creates an exception to the Iowa Civil Rights Act to reinstate the state's discriminatory Medicaid coverage ban on gender-affirming surgery, despite medically necessity. The brief also seeks a temporary injunction of the new law.
 
October 22, 2019
Amicus brief filed in Robbins v. City of Des Moines by ACLU of Iowa in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the First Amendment protects the right to record police in public.
 
October 10, 2019
Proof brief filed by ACLU of Iowa on behalf of Mika Covington, Aiden Vasquez, and One Iowa in their expedited appeal of the district court's dismissal of their challenge to an Iowa law that creates an exception to the Iowa Civil Rights Act to reinstate the state's discriminatory Medicaid coverage ban on gender-affirming surgery, despite medically necessity. The brief also seeks a temporary injunction of the new law.
 
Sept. 27, 2019
Stamped brief filed on behalf of Adam Klein in our appeal of the Iowa Public Information Board's decision allowing the DCI and Burlington PD to withhold bodycam and other public records relating to the shooting of Autumn Steele.
 
 
June 20, 2019
Brief filed in the Ag Gag 1.0 free speech case before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. We won below, and the state appealed.  
 
July 17, 2019
Amicus briefs filed in the Ag Gag 1.0 appeal before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals by:
July 19, 2019
Stamped motion to expedite appeal of the district court's order in the Covington case, in which we argue that transgender Iowans on Medicaid deserve nondiscriminatory coverage of their medically necessary gender affirming surgery under the state constitution.
 
Emergency motion for temporary injunction in the Covington case, asking that transgender Iowans on Medicaid be able to get the care they need while the Court considers their appeal, and any subsequent remand for further proceedings in the district court.
 
 
July 19, 2019

Resistance to the state's motion to dismiss in our case challenging Ag-Gag 2.0

Brief we filed seeking a Preliminary injunction in our Ag Gag 2.0 case

July 8, 2019
Brief in resistance to motion to dismiss on behalf of Mika Covington, Aiden Vasquez, and One Iowa, Inc., challenging a law that creates an exception to the Iowa Civil Rights Act's protections against discrimination in Iowa Medicaid to specifically allow transgender Iowans to be denied coverage for medically necessary gender affirming surgery
 
July 8, 2019

Stipulated injuction entered in Jon Goldsmith v. Adams County Sheriff's Office case.

July 2, 2019
Reply brief on behalf of Mika Covington, Aiden Vasquez, and One Iowa, Inc., challenging a law that creates an exception to the Iowa Civil Rights Act's protections against discrimination in Iowa Medicaid to specifically allow transgender Iowans to be denied coverage for medically necessary gender affirming surgery
 
May 31, 2019
Brief in support of temporary injunction on behalf of Mika Covington, Aiden Vasquez, and One Iowa, Inc., challenging a law that creates an exception to the Iowa Civil Rights Act's protections against discrimination in Iowa Medicaid to specifically allow transgender Iowans to be denied coverage for medically necessary gender affirming surgery
 
May 31, 2019
May 29, 2019
 
May 21, 2019
 
 

May 17, 2019

Proof Brief filed with the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of Jesse Vroegh in his case against Wellmark, Inc. as the third-party administrator of his employer-provided healthcare insurance which contained a discriminatory exclusion of medically necessary gender affirming surgery.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stamped complaint and brief in support of temporary injunction filed by the ACLU of Iowa, on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, to block a law excluding Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving crucial funding to provide sex education for youth in Iowa.
 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Resistance filed by ACLU on behalf of Adam Klein resisting the Iowa Public Information Board's motion to dismiss his petition for judicial review of the agency's denial of his rights to documents he sought from the Iowa DCI and Burlington Police Department in 2015 related to the shooting of Autumn Steele. 

Monday, April 13, 2019

Amicus brief supporting Iowa Legal Aid’s challenge to the Iowa law that requires that all court-appointed attorney fees be paid before a person can have their record expunged

April 22, 2019

Complaint filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Iowa's "ag gag" law Order

March 25, 2019

Petition for judicial review of a Public Information Board (IPIB) decision on access to law enforcement body camera footage and other public records
 
Exhibit 1 accompanying the petition
 
Exhibit 2 accompanying the petition
 
Exhibit 3 accompanying the petition
 
Exhibit 4 accompanying the petition
 
Exhibit 5 accompanying the petition
 
Exhibit 6 accompanying the petition
 

March 8, 2019

Iowa Supreme Court ruling striking down the Iowa Department of Human Services' categorical ban on gender-affirming, medically necessary transgender surgical care

January 22, 2019

Ruling on Motion for Summary Judgement that found Iowa's 6-week abortion ban is unconstitutional

January 9, 2018

Order granting our Motion for Summary Judgment in our challenge of Iowa's "ag gag" law order

2018

October 11, 2018

Final reply brief filed in Bonilla v. Iowa Board of Parole, which seeks the appointment of counsel, in-person hearings, independent and specialize psychological evaluations, and other safeguards necessary to provide juveniles with a realistic and meaningful opportunity for parole upon demonstrated rehabilitation and maturity.

September 26, 2018

Amicus briefs filed in support of EerieAnna Good and Carol Beal:

Impact Fund, National Women's Law Center, and 25 other legal and advocacy organizations.

Lambda Legal, National Center for Transgender Equality, Transgender Veterans Association, and 8 other legal and advocacy organizations.

American Medical Association, Iowa Medical Society, and 4 other national medical professional Associations.

One Iowa, Individual Transgender Iowans, and Allies.

Iowa Scholars of Law, History, Bioethics, Gender, and Sexuality.

National Health Law Program, National Women's Health Network, and Chicago Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights.

September 24, 2018

Motion, brief, and related documents in support of Summary Judgment filed by Petitioners in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Reynolds.

Motion for summary judgment

Brief in support of petitioners' motion for summary judgment

Petitioners' statement of undisputed facts

Affidavits of Jill Meadows, M.D. and Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks, M.D.

September 19, 2018

Proof brief filed in Iowa Supreme Court case on behalf of EerieAnna Good and Carol Beal challenging Iowa Medicaid's discriminatory exclusion of coverage for gender-affirming surgery for transgender Iowans. 

August 28, 2018

Copies of the demand letters the ACLU of Iowa and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty sent to three Iowa cities that have ordinances that forbid panhandling in public spaces:

Grimes panhandling ordinance letter

Des Moines panhandling ordinance letter

Council Bluffs panhandling ordinance letter

July 30, 2018

Amicus curiae brief filed by the Freedom of Information Council and the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism in support of ACLU of Iowa clients Bailing out Benji, CCI, ALDF, PETA, and the Center for Food Safety in challenging Iowa's "Ag Gag" law, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

July 27, 2018

Petitioners Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Dr. Jill Meadows, and Emma Goldman Clinic' Resistance to the Thomas More Society's Motion to Dismiss, filed in our challenge to Iowa's 6-week abortion ban, which has been temporarily enjoined by the Iowa District Court.

July 9, 2018

Amicus curiae brief filed by the Juvenile Law Center in support of ACLU of Iowa client Julio Bonilla in our case seeking to bring reforms to Iowa's parole process for juvenile offenders before the Iowa Supreme Court.

Amicus curiae brief filed by Juvenile Sentencing Project and Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in support of ACLU of Iowa client Julio Bonilla in our case seeking to bring reforms to Iowa's parole process for juvenile offenders before the Iowa Supreme Court

July 2, 2018

Brief filed with the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of ACLU client Julio Bonilla, asking that the Iowa Board of Parole implement procedures, like right to counsel and access to rehabilitative programming, to provide juvenile offenders with a realistic and meaningful opportunity for parole as required under the U.S. and Iowa Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. 

Petitioners Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Dr. Jill Meadows, and Emma Goldman Clinic' Resistance to Save the 1's Motion to Intervene filed by Save the 1, filed in our challenge to Iowa's 6-week abortion ban, which has been temporarily enjoined by the Iowa District Court.

June 29, 2018

Iowa Supreme Court ruling striking down the Iowa law that would have required women seeking abortion services to make a second, medically unnecessary clinic visit and then wait an additional 72 hours to receive those services.

June 26, 2018

Brief filed with the federal district court seeking summary judgment on behalf of ACLU clients Bailing Out Benji, Iowa CCI, ALDF, Center for Food Safety, and PETA asking the court to strike down Iowa's "Ag-Gag" law as a violation of the constitutional right to free speech under the First Amendment.

June 7, 2018

Order striking down Iowa Medicaid's exclusion of medically necessary gender-affirming surgical care for transgender Iowans because it violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act, Iowa Constitution, imposed burdens on private parties that outweighed benefits to the public, and because it was arbitrary and capricious.

June 4, 2018

Order entering a temporary injunction of Iowa’s six-week abortion ban law.

June 2, 2018

Brief filed with the Iowa district court on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the Emma Goldman Clinic in their challenge to Iowa's six-week abortion ban, asking the court to deny Save the 1's Motion to Intervene. 

May 15, 2018

The following documents were filed in our lawsuit to block Iowa's 6-week abortion ban from going into effect.

Motion for Temporary Injunction

Brief in Support of Asking for a Temporary Injunction

Petition for Declaratory Judgement and a Permanent Injunction

Affidavit of Jill Meadows, M.D.

Affidavit 2

Affidavit 3

March 29, 2018

Injunction in Harms v. City of Sibley, blocking the city from violating Josh Harms free speech rights 

March 23, 2018

Reply Brief filed on behalf of clients Carol Beal and EerieAnna Good challenging the state's blanket ban on payment for medically necessary gender affirming surgical procedures under Iowa Medicaid.
 

March 8, 2018

Harms v. City of Sibley: Verified complaint filed by the plantiff, Josh Harms, against the City of Sibley, Iowa, allegeding violations of First Amendment rights. Also, included is the brief in support of plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Exhibit A accompanying the complaint 

Exhibit B accompanying the complaint

Exhibit C accompanying the complaint

Exhibit D accompanying the complaint

Exhibit E accompanying the complaint

February 9, 2018

Merits brief in consolidated Beal/Good case, which challenges Iowa Medicaid's ban on medically necessary gender confirmation surgery as a violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act and Iowa Constitution. 

January 19, 2018

Lockheart and Bonilla v. Iowa Board of Parole: Reply brief on behalf of Julio Bonilla in our challenge to require the Iowa Board of Parole to alter its procedures for juveniles sentenced to life.

January 17, 2018

Agan v. Krambeck: Amicus brief filed in the Iowa Supreme Court by the ACLU of Iowa, ACLU Women's Rights Project, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Housing Law Project, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in support of a domestic violence survivor's right under Iowa's Right to Assistance law to be protected from eviction after summoning police assistance during an attack.

January 16, 2018

Animal Legal Defense Fund et al. v. Reynolds: Resistance to State's Motion to Dismiss ACLU of Iowa clients' free speech challenge to Iowa's "Ag-Gag" law

 

January 12, 2018 

Beal v. Department of Human Services: Resistance to State's Motion to Dismiss ACLU of Iowa's client's challenge to Iowa Medicaid's discriminatory ban on medically necessary gender confirmation surgical care coverage.

November 30, 2017

Amicus brief filed with the Iowa Supreme Court by the ACLU of Iowa, NAACP, LULAC of Iowa, and 1000 Kids for Iowa in the case State v. Brown, arguing that pretext stops drive racial profiling in traffic enforcement and should be banned under the Iowa Constitution. 

 

November 27, 2017

Denial of state's motion to dismiss ACLU client EerieAnna Good's case against Iowa Medicaid for discriminating against her on the basis of gender identity, ruling in her favor to allow her claims under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and Iowa Constitution to move forward.

November 20, 2017 

Brief on the Merits filed in the District Court by the ACLU on behalf of Julio Bonilla in his challenge to Iowa Board of Parole procedures as a violation of the rights of juvenile offenders

November 17, 2017

Order denying Iowa DHS's Motion to Dismiss EerieAnna Good's petition for judicial review challenging Iowa Medicaid's discriminatory ban on coverage of gender affirming surgery. 

November 16, 2017

Resistance filed in the Iowa District Court by the ACLU on behalf of Jesse Vroegh to Wellmark, Inc.'s Motion to Dismiss in his challenge to discriminatory use policies for employee bathrooms and discrimination in state employee bathrooms and discrimination in state health benefits

November 7, 2017  

Proof Brief filed in the Iowa Supreme Court by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in its challenge to Iowa's abortion pre-requisits law as a violation of the rights of Iowa women under the state constitution

October 26, 2017 

Resistance filed in the Iowa District Court by the ACLU on behalf on EerieAnna Good to Iowa Dept. of Human Services's Motion to Dismiss her challenge to the ban on transition related surgical care in Iowa Medicaid

October 25, 2017

Order from the Iowa Supreme Court adopting new rules on prohibiting routine use of restrains on juveniles in state court hearings

The new rule that prohibits the routine use of those restraints

October 23, 2017

Iowa Supreme Court order upholding a temporary injunction on key elements of Iowa's new abortion law

October 10, 2017 

Complaint filed in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Iowa's "ag gag" law Order

October 5, 2017

Resistance filed in the Iowa District Court by the ACLU on behalf of Jesse Vreogh to Iowa Dept. of Corrections's Motion to Dismiss in his challenge to discriminatory use policies for employee bathrooms and discrimination in state employee health benefits

September 21, 2017 

Petition challenging the Iowa Department of Human Services’ ban on Medicaid coverage for necessary surgical care for transgender Iowans

Memorandum of Law 

September 19, 2017

Formal comments about the Iowa Secretary of State's proposed rules regarding implementation of Iowa's new voter ID law, filed by the ACLU of Iowa and other concerned advocacy groups 

Formal comments about the Iowa Voter Registration Commission proposed rules regarding implementation of Iowa's new voter ID law, filed by the ACLU of Iowa and other concerned advocacy groups 

Comments September 8, 2017

Petitioner's closing briefs and state's closing briefs in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. and Dr. Jill Meadows v. Kimberly Reyolds and the Iowa Board of Medicine

August 28, 2017

Petition filed asserting the right of transgender prison nurse Jesse Vroegh to be free from discrimination on the basis of his gender identity 

August 27, 2017

Appeal filed with the Windsor Heights Board of Adjustment on behalf of residents Jamie and Marijetka Orr, and Diane Foss and Mike Miller, regarding the unconstitutional permitting scheme and sign ordinance in Windsor Heights. 

August 14, 2017
 
Appeal filed with the Windsor Heights City Council on behalf of residents Jamie and Marijetka Orr, and Diane Foss and Mike Miller regarding the unconstitutional actions by the city to enforce its sign ordinance against them. 
 

July 18, 2017

FOIA Request to Iowa Secretary of State for Records of Commission on Election Integrity

June 26, 2017

Petition requesting that the Department of Education change its administrative rules regarding the use of seclusion rooms and physical restraints on students

Exhibit One accompanying the petition

Exhibit Two accompanying the petition

June 16, 2017

Final Comments filed by the ACLU of Iowa and the Middleton Center Children's Rights at Drake Law School recommending reforms to curtail and regulate the use of shackles and other restraints on children in court hearings.  

May 9, 2017

Order from the Iowa Supreme Court that extends the temporary injunction in Planned Parenthood v. Branstad and the Iowa Board of Medicine and remands the case to district court. 

May 8, 2017

Order for emergency temporary injunction from Iowa Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Branstad and the Iowa Board of Medicine

Petitioner's-Appellants' Reply Brief in Planned Parenthood v. Branstad and the Iowa Board of Medicine

Affidavit of Jason Burkhiser Reynolds in Support of Petitioner'-Appellants Motion for Temporary Injunction in  Planned Parenthood v. Branstad and the Iowa Board of Medicine.

Amicus brief on behalf of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, et all in support in  Planned Parenthood v. Branstad and the Iowa Board of Medicine.

May 3, 2017

Petition asking Court for temporary and permanent injunction and declaratory relief to stop abortion regulations from taking effect in Iowa.

Brief in support of petitioners Planned Parenthood and Dr. Jill Meadows, motion asking the Court to block immediately Iowa's 72-hour forced wait period and additional clinic visit requirement.

April 12, 2017

A complaint filed initiating a FOIA lawsuit, demanding records from the Chicago Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans.

March 3, 2017

Judicial Review Order in which former County Auditor Tom Slockett prevails in his lawsuit against the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

January 17, 2017

Demand letter to City of Marion to change its unconstitutional ordinance regarding public displays of free speech.

January 13, 2017

Letter to the Iowa City Public Library requesting action regarding privacy and surveillance cameras and their use and signage in the library bathrooms.

January 10, 2017

Plaintiffs' Brief in Reply to amicus Iowa County Attorney Association in support of their Motion for a Preliminary Injunction in Doe v. Bull, the ACLU of Iowa's case on behalf of teenager Nancy Doe and her parents asking the court to protect her from the local prosecutor’s threat of criminal charges for her taking and sending two non-nude photographs of herself to another teen at his request.

January 10, 2017

Plaintiffs' Brief in Reply to Defendant Bull and in support of their Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, also in Doe v. Bull. 

January 6, 2017

Order denying Board of Parole's motion to dismiss ACLU of Iowa clients Christine Lockheart and Julio Bonilla, both juvenile offenders, in challenging the Board of Parole's unconstitutional procedures as cruel and unusual punishment.\

December 13, 2016

An informal letter that went out to all superintendents of Iowa Schools regarding rights to equal education, nondiscrimination, and safety at school for immigrant students.

Brief in support of our Motion for a Preliminary Injunction asking the federal district court to protect a teen and her parents from an Iowa prosecutor's threat of criminal charges stemming from her taking two non-nude selfies. The Doe's argue that the threatened prosecution violates their free speech, equal protection, and substantive due process parental rights.

December 8, 2016

Petitioner's Reply Brief asking the state district court to uphold an elected official's First Amendment free speech rights to engage in core political speech.

November 10, 2016

Amended complaint filed on behalf of teenager Nancy Doe and her parents asking the court to protect her from the local prosecutor’s threat of criminal charges for her taking and sending two non-nude photographs of herself to another teen at his request.

October 27, 2016

Brief in support of judicial review in Tom Slockett v. Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

October 17, 2016

Petitioners' Resistance opposing the Board of Parole's Motion to Dismiss. Petitioners, who were children at the time of their offenses, seek basic procedural safeguards to ensure their constitutional right to a meaningful opportunity for parole and to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. 

September 28, 2016

An informational letter that went out to all Iowa County Auditors regarding training for poll workers on protecting voting rights of transgender Iowans.

September 14, 2016

A petition for judicial review filed by Christine Lockheart to require the Iowa Board of Parole to alter its procedures for juveniles sentenced to life.

A petition for judicial review filed by Julio Bonilla to require the Iowa Board of Parole to alter its procedures for juveniles sentenced to life.

September 1, 2016

An informational letter that went out to all public school superintendents following a troubling school assembly at the Logan-Magnolia High School advising them of their obligations under the First Amendment not to engage in religious proselytizing at public school assemblies.

August 30, 2016 

Amicus brief filed in State v. Zarate regarding constitutionality of juvenile sentencing factors

June 16, 2016

Amicus brief filed in State v. Martinez, by ACLU of Iowa cooperating attorney Bram Elias, clinical law professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, arguing that federal law does not permit a state criminal prosecution of Martinez, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipient (or “Dreamer”), for identity theft and forgery for obtaining employment.

January 14, 2016

Proof reply brief filed by the ACLU of Iowa in Griffin v. Pate asking the Court to overturn the district court below and affirm Kelli Griffin's right to vote

December 8, 2015

Brief filed with the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of Kelli Griffin, an Iowa mom asking the court to recognize and protect her right to vote, arguing that her non-violent felony conviction was not an "infamous crime" to disqualify her from voting

November 10, 2015

Complaint filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Meagan Taylor, a Black transgender woman who was illegally profiled and jailed.

November 5, 2015

Comments filed with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to ensure nondiscrimination in federally funded health care programs.

October 19, 2015

Amicus brief filed in the State of Iowa v. Martinez by ACLU of Iowa cooperating attorney Bram Elias, clinical law professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, arguing that federal law does not permit a state criminal prosecution of Martinez, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipient (or "Dreamer"), for identity theft and forgery for obtaining employment.

August 21, 2015

Brief filed in Slockett v. Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, arguing that the Board's regulation of political speech and expression violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Art. I, Sec. 7 facially and as applied. 

June 29, 2015

Brief filed on behalf of Kelli Griffin in opposition to the state's motion for summary judgment

June 8, 2015

Brief filed on behalf of Montrose, Iowa, mom Kelli Griffin asking the court to recognize and protect her right to vote, arguing that her low-level drug conviction from years ago was not an "infamous crime" to disqualify her from voting

May 21, 2015

Appeal on behalf of former Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett challenging the formal reprimand issued by the Iowa Campaign and Ethics Board. Argues that the reprimand and related proceedings violated Slockett's right to free speech

April 24, 2015

Friend-of-the-court brief  by the ACLU of Iowa and the Iowa affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) in support of the Appellant in the case Anderson v. State. The brief argues for the preservation of traditional notice-pleading standards in Iowa Civil Rights Act cases in order to protect access to the courts for Iowans who experience illegal discrimination. 

March 13, 2015

The state drops its appeal in ACLU of Iowa and LULAC vs. the Iowa Secretary of State.

January 20, 2015

Petition filed on November 7, 2014 on behalf of Kelli Jo Griffin, an Iowa mom suing the state to get back her right to vote.

January 14, 2015

Recommendations on behalf of the ACLU of Iowa and the Hawkeye Chapter of the ACLU of Iowa, pertaining to the provisions of the Iowa City Charter that govern initiative and referendum petitions.

December 22, 2014

Final amicus brief filed in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. the Iowa Board of Medicine.

December 4, 2014

Judge’s decision in the ACLU of Iowa lawsuit on behalf of member of the Westboro Baptist Church, striking down Iowa’s flag desecration laws as unconstitutionally overbroad.

November 3, 2014

Comments filed by the ACLU of Iowa with other Iowa voting rights organizations asking the Voting Rights Commission to make significant changes to a proposed regulation that would limit online voter registration to those with a particular form of identification.

October 20-23, 2014

Final briefs submitted October 20-23, 2014, by the ACLU of Iowa and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in the Iowa v. Schultz case in the Iowa Supreme Court. The documents were submitted by the State of Iowa, the ACLU of Iowa and LULAC of Iowa, Project Vote, and MALDEF with additional voting rights organizations signing on.

October 14, 2014

ACLU Public Comments made to the Iowa Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council regarding the crisis of our system of mass incarceration in Iowa, as well as Iowa's worst-in-the-nation status for racial disparities in arrest and imprisonment rates, and proposing solutions.

August 21 and 22, 2014

On August 21, 2014, the ACLU of Iowa sent a letter to the Bettendorf city government requesting that it rescind or revise its ordinance governing political signs. The ordinance regulates speech based on the political content of the message on the sign and also limits the exercise of that speech to narrow time and size limits, which courts have ruled violates free speech.

On August 22, 2014, the Bettendorf City Attorney informed the ACLU that the city would not enforce the ordinance, would remove the ordinance in the reorganization of the city code already in progress, and had already informed those people who had been told that they were in violation of the ordinance that it would no longer be enforced.

August 18, 2014

The ACLU of Iowa submitted its formal response to the Iowa Department of Public Safety's questionnaire to stakeholders regarding the regulation of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).  

August 18, 2014

The ACLU of Iowa filed formal comments to regulations proposed by the Iowa department of public health in implementing Iowa's new Medical Cannabidiol Act for patients with intractable epilepsy.

June 9, 2014

The ACLU submitted a petitioners’ brief in resistance to State’s motion for summary judgment regarding misuse and desecration of flags in the case of Phelps, et. al. vs. Red Oak Police Chief Powers and Montgomery County Sheriff Sampson.

May 15, 2014

The ACLU submitted a brief in support of motion for summary judgment regarding misuse and desecration of flags in the case of Phelps, et. al. vs. Red Oak Police Chief Powers; Montgomery County Sheriff Sampson, and Council Bluffs Police Chief O’Donnell.

May 14, 2014

The State of Iowa submitted an intervenor's memorandum in support of motion for summary judgment regarding misuse and desecration of flags in the case of Phelps, et. al. vs. Red Oak Police Chief Powers; Montgomery County Sheriff Sampson, and Council Bluffs Police Chief O’Donnell.

April 25, 2014

The ACLU of Iowa has sent legal update letters to the sheriffs of all 99 Iowa counties advising them on the legal limits and points of potential liability in entertaining U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.  These detainers are non-mandatory and expensive for local law enforcement, without public safety benefits. The letter includes a one-page insert prepared by the University of Iowa College of Law Clinic.

April 22, 2014

Written testimony on the status of voting rights in Iowa, submitted April 22 by the ACLU of Iowa to the National Commission on Voting Rights, an endeavor by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to support the Kansas City Regional Hearing held April 21.

April 17, 2014

Ames v. Nationwide amicus brief. The ACLU of Iowa joined an amicus brief written by the national ACLU Women's Rights Project in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief asks the federal Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to affirm the lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Nationwide against a nursing Iowa mother who faced discrimination upon her return back to work.

April 16, 2014

Amicus brief filed in the case State of Iowa v. Yvette Marie Louisell. Joined by the national ACLU, National Juvenile Justice Network, and Iowa Coalition 4 Juvenile Justice. It asks the Iowa Supreme Court to affirm the re-sentencing of a woman first sentenced as a juvenile in 1988 to a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The new sentence makes her eligible for supervised release.

April 3, 2014

Amicus  brief filed in the case Chiodo v. Section 43.24 Panel. It asks the Iowa Supreme Court to overrule prior decisions that permanently disqualified all persons convicted of crimes punishable by more than one year in a prison from voting.

March 7, 2014

Petition filed with Iowa Board of Pharmacy supporting a petition filed by Maria La France to legalize medicinal marijuana

March 5, 2014

Order against the Secretary of State striking the controversial Voter Removal Rule

January 14, 2014

Amicus brief filed in the case Dordt College et al v. Sebelius. The ACLU of Iowa joined the national ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project in filing an amicus brief in support of the government in Dordt College et al v. Sebelius.

December 10, 2013

Settlement of Nancy Sebring Open Meetings Lawsuit in Graham Gillette v. The Des Moines School Board

November 12, 2013

Judge's ruling issuing a temporary injunction against Iowa Secretary of State implementing permanent voter suppression rules

October 30, 2013

Petition filed by ACLU and League of Women Voters of Iowa to change ex-felon question on voter registration form

September 23, 2013

A judge's ruling in the ACLU v. Schultz, denying the state's motion to dismiss certain claims in the lawsuit

September 16, 2013

Friend of the court brief filed with the Iowa Supreme Court, arguing that the constitutional rights of a man with developmental disabilities were violated when he was involuntarily sterilized without due process of law

August 26, 2013

Additional documents filed in the Iowa Secretary of State voter suppression lawsuit:

Statement of Undisputed Facts in Support of the Motion for Review of Merits

Motion for Review on the Merits, or, in the Alternative, for Temporary Injunctive Relief

Petitioners' Brief in Support for the Motion for Review on the Merits, and, in the Alternative, Temporary Injunctive Relief

August 20, 2013

Public comments by the ACLU of Iowa opposing rule to restrict access to medical abortion in rural Iowa

July 19, 2013

District Judge Romano orders Des Moines School Board to turn over portions of Sebring minutes to ACLU of Iowa, Graham Gillette

July 8, 2013

ACLU of Iowa amicus brief in State of Iowa v. Gabriel Avila

July 5, 2013

ACLU Actions in Regard to Changes to Iowa's Voter Registration Form

May 10, 2013

Brief in Support of Resistance to Motion to Dismiss in ACLU of Iowa and LULAC v. the Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz

April 18, 2013

Complaint filed for Westboro Baptist Church Members in Flag Desecration Lawsuit

April 3, 2013

Administrative Law Judge's Ruling Reversing the Reprimand Against Tom Slockett by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board

March 29, 2013

Documents Filed in Renewed Secretary of State Voter Suppression Lawsuit:

Petitioners' Motion for Leave of Court to Amend Petition for Judicial Review of Agency Action

Second Amended Petition for Judicial Review of Agency Action Under Iowa Code S17A

January 17, 2013

Judge's order keeping an injunction against the Iowa Secretary of State's emergency rules for voter removal and challenges

January 9, 2013
 
 

Comments filed by the ACLU of Iowa on behalf of itself and several other groups for the same meeting, addressing the issue of the Iowa Department of Transportation decision to deny driver's licenses for young immigrants who have been granted deferred status

December 28, 2012

Comments filed by the ACLU of Iowa on behalf of itself and several other groups for a public hearing of the Iowa Legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee, objecting to the Iowa Secretary of State's efforts to wrongly purge Iowa's voter list

December 27, 2012

Iowa DOT Letter Denying DREAMers Driver's Licenses

November 9, 2012

The ACLU of Iowa submitted a brief in support of a summary judgment regarding Tom Slockett, Johnson County Auditor, and his case regarding First Amendment Rights.

October 17, 2012

Letter to Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino, asking him to confirm that DREAMers will qualify for drivers' licenses and state IDs

October 5, 2012:

Letter to Iowa City Council regarding Iowa City residents seeking a surveillance technologies ordinance, with the filed affidavit

September 21, 2012

Petition filed by the ACLU of Iowa and Graham Gillette to access records from closed Des Moines School Board/Sebring meeting

July-September 2012:

Ruling and order granting the ACLU's motion for a temporary injunction Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's voter suppression rules

Other legal documents pertaining to our efforts in this lawsuit

August 3, 2012:

A request that emergency rules not be enacted to halt funding for certain Medicaid abortions

August 2, 2012:

An amicus brief filed  behalf of Kenneth Ray Washington III, defending his right to invoke the Fifth Amendment during a drug sentencing hearing 

June 29, 2012

Appeal of Iowa Campaign Ethics Board reprimand of Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett 

July 27, 2012

The appeal for an Iowa Supreme Court review of a lower court's ruling denying a request for open record from the Altlantic Schools on discipline, if any, taken against school employees responsible for strip search of students

May 21, 2012

The amicus brief filed in the case of Gartner v. the Iowa Department of Public Health

March 7, 2012 

Petition with Clinton Citizens for Open Government requesting open records from City of Clinton regarding improper Medicaid reimbursements

 

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