Requests for Legal Assistance

Unfortunately, NCICL is unable to review requests for legal assistance in person or over the telephone.  If you are seeking legal assistance, you must submit your request in writing. Requests may be mailed to NCICL or submitted via email to Please include a brief written statement describing the situation with which you request assistance. Please include the following:


  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number
  • Description of the issue or incident that has prompted your request for help
  • Government agency or level of government involved, including names of government employees who are involved
  • Important dates or deadlines


Attorneys, professors, and government officials interested in conferring with NCICL staff and not seeking representation by NCICL may contact NCICL attorneys directly to confer on matters relevant to NCICL’s mission. Requests for consultation need not be written.

Due to the extremely high-volume of mail we receive and the often incomplete nature of e-mail grievances, we cannot guarantee a response to simple unsolicited e-mails. However, letters mailed to our office or submitted by email will be reviewed and responded to in the order received.

If NCICL does not accept your case, we cannot provide legal advice. If NCICL is not able to provide legal assistance, we also cannot provide legal advice about your case. We won’t be able to answer questions about the legal significance of the facts, conduct legal research, or provide information about the legal deadlines that might apply to your situation. This policy allows us to direct our limited resources to the cases that we do accept.

NCICL is able to provide legal assistance in only a small number of cases. Constitutional violations are sadly common, but NCICL is a small organization. Because of our limited resources and the high volume of requests we receive, we are able to investigate only a small percentage of the potentially meritorious requests for assistance we receive. As a result, we have to turn down the overwhelming majority of those requests for assistance.