Civil Rights

Civil Rights topics cover a range of laws and issues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1983 litigation, employment discrimination and more. Complaints for civil rights violations by government agents must first be filed with the agency.


If your complaint is against a government agency or law enforcement, you will need to file a claim with the agency before filing a lawsuit. Find commonly-requested claims forms here.

Online resources

preamble-u-s-constitution Getting Uncle Sam to Enforce Your Civil Rights U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: where and how to file a complaint
Section 1983 Outline (Ninth Circuit, 2011) Office of Staff Attorneys, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.