The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." Its various functions include litigation, lobbying, and community empowerment. Founded in 1920, the ACLU has a rich legacy and over 500,000 members; it also has an annual budget of over $100 million. Local affiliates of the ACLU are active in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each ACLU chapter provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk.
The ACLU CU Law Chapter is a body of civil-rights advocates composed of students at the University of Colorado Law School. An extension of its state affiliate, the primary function for this Chapter is to provide support for the various the initiatives of the ACLU of Colorado, including but not limited to: having a member of the law school serve on the board of the Colorado ACLU, attending various legislative hearings and sessions on the ACLU’s behalf, participating in field work in Boulder and surrounding areas, driving various ACLU initiatives forward as a chapter, and using free student access to legal search engines and data bases to assist the ACLU in research.
Throughout the year, the ACLU will also seek to bring guest speakers directly to the law school to highlight and discuss prevalent issues facing individual freedom. For more information, join the ACLU TWEN page.