Category: Community resources

Neighborhood Legal Clinic: Civil Rights Legal Clinic

  • Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the United States Courthouse: 700 Stewart Street, Suite 2310 (Ground Floor), Seattle, WA 98101
  • Appointment required; call (206) 267-7070 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesday – Thursday
  • Free 30-minute meeting
  • Focused on civil rights questions. The Neighborhood Legal Clinics service King County residents or clients with legal issues in King County.
  • Sponsored by the King County Bar Association,

(206) 267-7070

ACLU of Washington

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation’s guardian of liberty.  The ACLU has staff working in the courts, legislatures and communities across the country to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The ACLU is a nationwide organization with headquarters in New York, a legislative office in Washington DC, and affiliate offices in every state. The ACLU of Washington is among the strongest affiliates in the country working to defend and extend civil liberties for everyone in our state.

(206) 624-2184

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.


Section 1983 Litigation, Third Edition

Section 1983 Litigation (Third Edition) analyzes the large number of recurring issues that arise in litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This monograph contains new sections on discovery, Bivens claims, new material on stops and searches, and model jury instructions. It includes case law from the October 2013 Supreme Court term ending June 30, 2014, and major courts of appeals and select district court decisions reported through June 30, 2014.

Section 1983

“Section 1983” refers to 42 U.S.C. §1983, the federal statute that enables you to file a civil action for deprivation of constitutional and federal statutory rights by persons acting under “color of law.” Originally enacted in 1871, Section 1983 litigation experienced a period of dormancy, until 1961 and the landmark Supreme Court case, Monroe v. Pape, 365 U.S. 167 (1961), which gave private litigants a federal court remedy as a first resort rather than only in default of (or after) state action.  Today, Section 1983 actions most commonly involve 1st Amendment issues like freedom of speech; 4th Amendment issues like search and seizure or use of force; 8th Amendment issues like cruel and unusual punishment; and 14th Amendment claims of due process violations.


Washington State Digital Archives

Included in the suite of online collections at the Washington State Digital Archives are select Superior Court case records from Chelan, Skagit and Snohomish counties. To search these case records, visit the current collections portion of the Washington State Digital Archives web site, select Search from the main menu and then select the Superior Court Records collection in the Record Series drop-down box.  You can search all counties simultaneously or narrow your search to a specific Superior Court.  Getting copies of the records you find is not free. You are allowed to view the top portion of the first page of any record for which there is an image but if you want to see the entire document you will need to pay the associated fee. Make sure you also check the scope or coverage note for the court you are searching so you understand what is and is not available in that county’s collection.