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Erin Porterfield Kristin Williams v. Department of Health and Human Services

Erin and Kristen have two sons. Utilizing Assisted Reproductive technology, each mother gave birth to one of their boys. Despite both women having been active and involved parents for the entirety of their sons’ lives, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has denied the mothers’ a

December 22, 2021

Alice Johnson v. Cody Kilgore

In the spring of 2020, Alice Johnson and Norma LeRoy sent their two children to school at Cody Kilgore Elementary School.

December 22, 2021

M.D. et al v. State of Nebraska et al

A series of leadership failures traumatized youth and violated their rights at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (YRTC) in Geneva. The situation grew so dire the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services was forced to shut the facility down. 

December 22, 2021

Townsell v. OPD

We helped Makayla Townsell seek accountability after an Omaha Police officer arrested her in a house full of family and friends on Thanksgiving for charges that were later dismissed. 

December 22, 2021

In re Yasmin S.

In July 2020, a Dixon County judge denied a couple's petition to adopt a child simply because they were listed in their petition as "wife and wife."  

May 7, 2021

Storrs v. Maas et. al.

On December 26, 2019, Jason Storrs and his partner were driving home when they noticed a cruiser weaving through traffic to pull in behind them.

May 7, 2021