Requesting Legal Assistance from ACLU of Nebraska
COMPLAINT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Rights Violated? Please Read This First.
As one of more than 50 state ACLU affiliates around the country, ACLU of Nebraska covers only the state of Nebraska. We are unable to provide assistance outside our geographic area. If you wish to contact the ACLU affiliate in your area, please consult the affiliate directory prepared by the National ACLU.
We do not accept in-person requests for assistance. During normal business hours, there may be an intake counselor available by phone. In most cases, you will need to be referred to a voicemail. Our counselors are dedicated volunteers, but they are not lawyers and cannot give you legal advice, but will simply obtain the facts pertaining to your problem. Depending on the nature of your problem, the counselor may give you an appropriate referral or present the facts of your case to a staff attorney for review. The ACLU cannot refer you to individual private attorneys.
Contacting the ACLU to describe your problem will not guarantee the ACLU will represent you. Due to the enormous demand for representation and our limited resources, the ACLU cannot represent everyone who has a valid legal claim. Every decision regarding representation must meet specific guidelines and requires special approval.
What we don't do.
Nebraska does not handle matters that happen outside the State of Nebraska. Although there are exceptions, the ACLU does not generally assist in the following types of cases:
- Criminal Defense or Post-Conviction Appeals
- Divorce, Custody or Child Protective Services Cases
- Discrimination from a Private (Non-governmental) Company or Organization
- Property Disputes
- Tax Problems
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Building Code Issues
- Complaints about Lawyers or Judges
The ACLU is not a general legal aid provider, such as the public defender's office or a legal services office that is specifically funded to aid low income people. There are a number of legal service resources in Nebraska, and you can find information at the Nebraska Bar Association.
Important Note About Deadlines
All legal claims have time deadlines, known in legal terms as "statutes of limitation". The deadlines may be different depending on who violated your rights and which rights were violated. For some kinds of violations, you may need to file a claim with a government agency before you can sue, and these agencies have their own time deadlines. If you do not comply with the applicable statute of limitations, you may be legally barred from pursuing your claim in court. Contacting the ACLU to describe your problem does not mean that the ACLU represents you, and will not stop the statute of limitations from running. The ACLU cannot give you advice about the deadlines that apply to your case. To protect your rights, please consult an attorney promptly to find out what deadline may apply in your case.
You may submit a complaint to the Intake Department of the ACLU of Nebraska by completing the form below or sending mail to:
ACLU of Nebraska Intake Dept.
134 S. 13th St. #1010
Lincoln, NE 68508