ACLU-AZ has limited staff and funding, yet is faced with a huge number of requests for assistance from individuals and organizations. We meet this demand through direct representation and by appearing as amicus curiae. Almost all of our cases are handled by volunteer attorneys who work in cooperation with our staff. These volunteers include sole practitioners, recent law school graduates, and many of the major firms in America. Participation by the private bar is vital to the ACLU’s work.

In addition to litigation, our Cooperating Attorneys help in several other important ways. Occasionally, we need help analyzing proposed legislation that affects civil liberties. In addition, we sometimes provide comments on policies or address complaints to administrative agencies. Finally, as a Cooperating Attorney develops expertise in a particular area of civil liberties, we may also ask him or her to assist us in public education functions such as representing the ACLU at speaking engagements. Finally, we ask that Cooperating Attorneys keep us informed about civil liberties issues they encounter in the course of their practice or their personal lives.

If you are interested in working with ACLU-AZ as a Cooperating Attorney, click here to print out our Cooperating Attorney Questionnaire.