Free Speech

Your right to speak freely without government censorship is arguably the most fundamental
right of a free society.  We defend that right.

Open Cases

McAdams v. Marquette

Marquette guarantees its professors full academic freedom and First Amendment rights.  Yet it has indefinitely suspended a tenured conservative professor – without pay – because he criticized a graduate student instructor who told a student his opinions on gay marriage were homophobic and could not be voiced in her class.  We sued Marquette University for breach of its faculty contract.

Closed Cases

John Doe Litigation

Wisconsin prosecutors have engaged in a partisan witch hunt, targetting conservative political and issue groups and alleging that they illegally “coordinated” with the Scott Walker campaign.  We filed amicus briefs in a number of related cases standing up for the right of people to communicate with their elected officials without losing the right to speak on political issues.

CRG Network v. GAB

Wisconsin law prohibited an independent committee from donating even $1 to a candidate if that candidate has already accepted a certain amount of donations from other committees.  This limitation discriminated solely on the basis of when a donation is made.  We sued to overturn it and were successful in having it declared unconstitutional.

Young v. GAB

Wisconsin had aggregate campaign contribution limits even lower than the federal limits.  When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal limits in the McCutcheon case, we filed this case and overturned the state limits.

Vanden Boogart v. Christensen

A small town near Green Bay had an ordinance that banned nearly all signs placed in yards.  Town officials played favorites by enforcing the ordinance against those who opposed wind turbines, not those who supported it.  We sued and obtained a substantial settlement from the Town for its blatant violation of First Amendment rights.

WPN v. Myse

WILL took over the representation of an original action in the Wisconsin Supreme Court challenging GAB regulations that imposed burdensome regulations on individuals involved in extremely small amounts of independent campaigning.  The court split 3-3 and dismissed the case.

McCutcheon v. FEC

In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal aggregate campaign contribution limits, concluding that prohibiting donors from donating to as many candidates as they wanted (within individual limits) violate the First Amendment.  WILL filed an amicus brief arguing that the Court should stop giving more deference to contribution limits than to independent expenditure limits.

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