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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

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)


Requesting legal assistance does not mean that the ACLU of Nebraska will provide you with legal assistance. Filling out the intake form does not establish an attorney client relationship between you and the ACLU of Nebraska. We do not have the capacity and resources to take every case. You are solely responsible for any statutes of limitations or other deadlines which might apply to your case. If you have concerns about deadlines or your legal issues demand immediate attention, please seek advice from an attorney. The ACLU of Nebraska is not a general legal service provider or a public defender’s office. We are unable to answer legal questions, give legal advice, review papers, and conduct legal research unless we formally accept your case and establish an attorney client relationship in writing. If you do submit an intake form, please know we will do our best to respond promptly, but a timely response is not guaranteed.


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