Legal Department


The Legal Department promotes the mission of the Center for Inquiry and its affiliates by filing amicus briefs in cases involving First Amendment rights, reproductive freedom, assistance in dying, and other issues of importance to the Center and its supporters. Where appropriate, the Center or its affiliates will file their own lawsuit. For example, Council for Secular Humanism v. McNeil in which the Council alleges that the State of Florida’s payments to faith-based half-way houses are unconstitutional.

In addition, the Legal Department of the Center for Inquiry occasionally provides free legal assistance. If you have experienced discrimination because you are nonreligious or you believe that your constitutional rights are in jeopardy, please email us at legal@centerforinquiry.org and include “Refer a Case” as your subject heading as long as it is not a criminal proceeding. Be aware that submission of this information to the Legal Department does not guarantee that we can assist you. Although we carefully consider all requests, our resources are limited. Therefore, it is not an opinion on the merits of your claim if we are unable to represent you. Each type of case has its own filing deadlines, so do not wait for our answer. Contact a private attorney promptly as well as asking us. If we accept your case, we will take over from, or work with, a private attorney.

First Amendment Task Force

As indicated, the Legal Department of the Center for Inquiry is leanly staffed, and we cannot by ourselves become involved in all the litigation matters that deserve our attention. Especially on issues relating to church-state separation, we rely significantly on the First Amendment Task Force (FATF), a group of volunteer lawyers and others with legal experience, which is chaired by Edward Tabash, Esq., a prominent civil rights attorney. If you would like to join the FATF, please email us at legal@centerforinquiry.org with “Sign Up for the First Amendment Task Force” as your subject heading. Please provide your contact information and any other relevant information in the body of the message. We are especially interested in working with attorneys throughout the United States who would be able to assist us by acting as local counsel, whether or not they want to become substantively involved in the litigation.

Contact Information

Vice President and General Counsel
Nicholas J. Little, Esq., is the Center’s Legal Director. Little holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, in addition to a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick. In addition to overseeing the Center’s litigation, he provides general advice on legal matters affecting the Center.

E-mail: legal@centerforinquiry.org

Postal Address
Center for Inquiry
1012 14th. NW, Suite 205
Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 734-6494 ext. 203
Fax: (202) 733-5292