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Requests for Legal Assistance

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska receives thousands of requests for assistance each year, but because of limited resources we are unable to take many cases, even those concerning real injustices. If your complaint is not pursued by our office, it does not mean it is without merit. 

In order to request legal assistance, you must fill out an online legal intake form. This form does not provide legal advice and you should not rely on it as legal advice. This form is not an offer by the ACLU to represent you as your attorneys. We cannot promise you that the information you provide will lead to any specific action on the ACLU’s part. If you do file a complaint, please know we will do our best to respond promptly but it may take up to 60 days before receiving a response. The ACLU of Nebraska does NOT accept telephone or walk-in complaints.

If you do not wish to use the online form you may print off this form and mail it to: ACLU of Nebraska, 134 South 13th Street #1010, Lincoln, NE 68508


The ACLU of Nebraska is not a general legal service and is unable to answer legal questions, review papers, and conduct legal research on your situation unless we accept your case. Filling out the form does not establish an attorney-client relationship between you and the ACLU of Nebraska. Please review this  information before filing a request. Even if your complaint falls within these guidelines, filing a complaint does not guarantee that the ACLU will provide legal assistance.

ACLU of Nebraska does not generally accept this kind of case:

  • Employment issues;
  • Domestic matters/family law matters (divorce, child custody, visitation, neglect, wills, protection orders etc.);
  • A person is being denied public benefits, such as food stamps, workers' compensation, unemployment benefits, or Social Security;
  • Landlord / tenant  or neighbor disputes; 
  • Juvenile law;
  • Commercial/Business disputes;
  • Individual immigration process matters; and
  • Criminal cases, post-conviction appeals,  or complaints about a person's attorney or judge in a criminal case. The ACLU considers accepting criminal cases only in limited instances, such as when a person is being prosecuted for engaging in activity protected by the Constitution; and
  • Matters occurring outside of Nebraska. (You may contact the ACLU affiliate in the state where an incident occurred for assistance)


Even if your complaint falls within the above guidelines, filing a complaint does not guarantee that the ACLU of Nebraska will provide you with legal assistance. We receive many requests for assistance each month, and there are simply many cases and problems of unfairness and injustice which the ACLU of Nebraska is unable to handle. Please understand that unless and until the ACLU of Nebraska agrees to take your case, you are solely responsible for any and all statutes of limitations or other deadlines which might apply to your specific situation. If you have concerns about statutes of limitations or if you feel your case demands immediate attention, you may wish to seek advice from an attorney.


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