Please read about the types of cases that SPLC handles before filling out the form below.

SPLC does not handle matters regarding the following:

  • Criminal cases
  • Complaints about a person's attorney
  • Criminal sentencing or post-conviction appeals
  • Domestic matters (domestic violence, divorce, child custody, visitation, wills, family law cases)
  • Denial of benefits, such as workers' compensation, unemployment or social security benefits
  • Landlord/tenant or housing disputes (except if LGBT discrimination is involved)
  • Heirs property, inheritance, or tax matters
  • Medical malpractice, elder abuse
  • Employment disputes and wrongful termination matters (except if LGBT discrimination is involved)

Because SPLC is not a general legal services or legal aid organization, we generally do not accept individual legal casesWe do not have the legal staff to investigate, handle legal research, or provide advice or representation regarding individual legal cases.

Contacting the SPLC to describe your problem does not mean that SPLC attorneys can, will, or do represent you, and contacting the SPLC does not stop time deadlines from running. The SPLC cannot provide you with advice about which time deadlines might apply to your particular situation. 

To ensure that your rights are protected, you may need to consult an attorney promptly to find out what time deadlines may apply in your case. Again, please see the list of potential resources.

We will review your request for assistance but, due to the large volume of requests we receive, the legal staff will NOT be able to respond personally to every request received.

We will contact you with specific questions if we need additional information or are able to assist you; otherwise, please assume that, unfortunately, we will not be able to provide you with assistance

If you believe that your legal problem falls within the work of one of our practice areas, please fill out the form below.

Requester Information
Who is your complaint against?
Date of incident giving rise to your complaint?
Year *
Format: 2018
Exact date if known
E.g., 10/18/2018
Where did the incident giving rise to your complaint occur?
What other agencies/organizations have you reported your complaint to?
If represented by an attorney in this matter, please provide your attorney's contact information
Please state clearly what you would like the Southern Poverty Law Center to do for you
Please provide a complete and detailed description of the events giving rise to your complaint
Please check this box to indicate that the information you have provided is true and correct and that you understand that, by accepting this complaint form, the SPLC is not agreeing to represent you; and that you understand that the SPLC is not responsible for ensuring that any statute of limitations requirement or other deadline is met in your case.
Please check this box to indicate that you understand that if we do not respond to your request, SPLC will not be able to provide the legal assistance you are seeking.