MacDonald Hoague & Bayless has been a leader in civil rights litigation for more than 50 years and we are recognized nationally for our work in this field. We represented college professors in loyalty oath cases in the fifties, civil rights workers and conscientious objectors in the sixties, delegates seeking equal votes in presidential nominating conventions in the seventies, female athletes seeking equal opportunity in college sports programs in the eighties, women prisoners challenging body searches by male guards and female employees challenging sexual harassment and retaliation in employment in the nineties, and individuals challenging racial profiling by government officials and discrimination by insurance companies and housing providers based on disability, family status, and race in the 2000s. Our lawyers have represented victims of police misconduct, inmates on death row, Central American refugees, and prisoners challenging unconstitutional prison practices and conditions.
We have past and current Presidents of the ACLU of Washington, and have served as cooperating attorneys for the ACLU and for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Our civil rights practice includes:
- police misconduct and abuse
- prosecutorial misconduct
- first amendment, free speech, and freedom of religion
- prisoner rights
- fair housing
- racial profiling
- public accommodations