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Case Suggestions and Requests

The Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation provides free legal representation to Arizonans whose constitutional rights are violated by government. Because our resources are limited, we must carefully choose among meritorious cases that will create broadly applicable precedents, with a primary focus on the Arizona Constitution.

We do not take the following types of cases:

  • criminal cases
  • cases against private parties
  • most cases involving financial claims against the government
  • fact-specific or factually complex cases that are not likely to produce broadly applicable precedents
  • cases involving governmental conspiracies
  • cases that are already in court


If you believe your case fits within the parameters for consideration, write to "Case Inquiries at the Goldwater Institute" by mail at 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004, or by email at caseinquiry@goldwaterinstitute.org. Please give your contact information and relevant information regarding your case. Also, please note that we cannot take case inquiries over the phone or in person.

Our current case docket is full, and it is unlikely that we will be able to take on new cases submitted by the public in the near future. We welcome inquiries, but due to the large number of inquiries submitted, we are not always able to respond to each one.  If your inquiry falls within our area of expertise, we will make every effort to respond as time and resources permit. Please understand that we cannot provide legal advice unless we agree to take your case.

Learn more about the Goldwater Institute's legal cases here.

If you are interested in donating to the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation please call (602) 462-5000.

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