Our Cases

Public Counsel pursues groundbreaking legal strategies to advance civil rights and racial and economic justice, for low-income communities and communities of color across the nation.

Our staff work with clients and partners to identify patterns of injustice that impact and harm the communities we serve. Through strategic litigation, we effect large-scale change and systems reform while amplifying the power of affected communities and advancing public discourse.

Teachers stand with attorneys from Public Counsel and pro bono partner Ballard Spahr LLP to announce their lawsuit against the Temecula School Board in 2023.

Our Cases

Housing Justice


Holding California Accountable for Its Failures in Implementing the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Education Equity

Cayla J. v. California

Challenging the State of California’s Failure to Ensure Equitable Access to Education During the Pandemic

Education Equity

IntegrateNYC v. New York

Protecting New York City School Students’ Right to an Antiracist Education

Immigrants Rights

J.L. v. Cissna

Defending the Right to SIJS in California

Education Equity

Kerri K. v. State of California

Ensuring that Children with Disabilities Attend Safe and Supportive Schools

Education Equity

Mae M. v. Komrosky

Ending Censorship of Public School Curriculum by Temecula School Board

Foster Care

Ocean S. v. L.A. County

Vindicating the Right to Safe, Stable Housing and Supportive Services for Young People in Los Angeles County’s Foster Care System

Housing Justice, Veterans Rights

Powers v. McDonough

Holding the VA Accountable for Its Failure to Provide Housing & Healthcare for Veterans with Disabilities

Education Equity

Smith v. Regents of University of California

Eliminating University of California’s Use of Discriminatory SAT and ACT Scores

Education Equity

Stephen C. v. Bureau of Indian Education

Holding the BIE Accountable to Provide Equal Educational Opportunity to Native American Children

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