To inquire about receiving assistance from the ACLU of Missouri, please complete the Request For Legal Assistance Form at the bottom of this page and send it to the ACLU of Missouri either by mail or fax. It is important that you do not send us documentation or legal papers because we cannot guarantee their return. If we need more information, we will contact you. 

Contact our legal department:
Phone:  (314) 652-3111

Postal Mail:  ACLU of Missouri
Attention: Legal Intake Committee
906 Olive St., Suite 1130, St. Louis, MO 63101  
406 West 34th Street, Suite 420, Kansas City, MO 64111


We do not accept or respond to requests for legal assistance by e-mail or by hand or messenger deliveries.

Note: If your issue does not originate in the state of Missouri, please consult the ACLU's affiliate directory.

Because the ACLU of Missouri is a private and non-profit organization with limited resources, we can only accept a small percentage of the very large number of matters brought to our attention. Please note that our provision of information regarding legal intake does not mean that we will be able to assist you in your particular situation or represent you. To find out how to request legal assistance from the ACLU of Missouri, please consult the map below to locate the area where your issue originates.

How Do We Choose Cases?

The ACLU of Missouri is a public-interest law firm that principally addresses issues involving challenges to a government law, policy or practice affecting the constitutional rights – that is, the civil liberties and civil rights – of a significant number of people arising only in Missouri. Almost all of our cases involve constitutional issues and because the United States Constitution and Missouri Constitution protect only against unlawful government action, we rarely take on disputes involving private companies.

Generally, the ACLU of Missouri only takes on issues that can affect a large number of people directly or involving a small number of people or an individual that could set a precedent that would impact a significant number or people. We are especially interested in issues that may break new ground in interpreting constitutional rights. For examples of the types of issues the ACLU of Missouri addresses, you can click here to see a list of cases.

Issues that the ACLU of Missouri Generally Does NOT Accept

  • individual criminal defense;
  • complaints about an individual's attorney in a criminal case;
  • claims of innocence by prisoners;
  • individual employment disputes;
  • disputes involving private companies;
  • landlord-tenant disputes;
  • obtaining green cards/visas for immigrants;
  • and only monetary damages.

When will the ACLU Respond? 

The ACLU of Missouri reviews complaints on a regular basis. The average response time for complaints submitted online is 2-4 weeks; the average response time for complaints submitted by U.S. Mail is 4-6 weeks. However, additional time may be required. Please do not call to check on the status of your complaint until at least 6 weeks after it was submitted.

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