Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

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Friday, November 20, 2020
Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump Must Proceed, Defendants Need to Be Held Accountable
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and co-counsel filed an opposition motion to dismiss last night in Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump, after several defendants filed motions to dismiss the case. The case seeks to hold Attorney General William Barr and other law enforcement officers...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Wayne County’s Board of Canvassers Deadlock on Certification of County Election Results
Wayne County Michigan’s board of canvassers deadlocked this evening 2-2 on certifying the Nov. 3 election. Wayne County is the largest county in the state of Michigan with more than 1.7 million people, nearly 70% of whom are Black. Detroit, the largest metropolitan area in the state, is 78% Black...
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Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Ballot Intimidation in Michigan is Dangerous, Unlawful
Citizens gathered outside the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan today chanting and trying to enter the ballot counting area while poll workers continued to count ballots. The Detroit Police Department dispatched officers in response to control the unruly crowd. Kristen Clarke , president and...
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Wednesday, November 04, 2020
New Lawyers’ Committee Public Hotline Map Publicizes Hotline Usage and Voter Protection Efforts
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in partnership with VoteAmerica and U.S. Digital Response, has published a new 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline map, enabling the public to track calls received by the Election Protection national hotline in the days leading up to the 2020 Election. The map...
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Tuesday, November 03, 2020
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to Provide Live Updates About Barriers Faced by Voters on Election Day
To provide real-time updates of problems voters are facing at the polls, information about barriers to the ballot box and where emergency litigation is being filed, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will be holding four, 30-minute telephone press calls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov...
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Friday, October 30, 2020
National Black Civil Rights Groups to Gather Ahead of Expected Push to Vote on Election Day 2020
Leaders of some of the nation’s largest and longest-tenured civil rights and Black empowerment organizations will gather on Friday, Oct. 30 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, for a telephone press conference to discuss how they are mobilizing voters in states and what to expect on Election Day in communities...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Barrett Confirmation Presents Grave Threat to Civil Rights, Illegitimate Process Ruins Supreme Court Integrity
The United States Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court tonight. Barrett is the first justice to be confirmed while a presidential election was underway. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke , president and executive director of the Lawyers’...
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Rushed Judicial Confirmation Poses Severe Threat to Civil Rights, Damages Legitimacy of the Supreme Court
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 along party lines this morning to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, as Democrats boycotted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated Barrett’s nomination will be on the Senate floor by Monday. Kristen Clarke...
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Activates Network of 23,000 Legal Volunteers to Safeguard Voting Rights For 2020 General Election
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has activated a growing network of over 23,000 legal volunteers to safeguard voting rights and counter threats to ballot access during the 2020 election season. This network, up from 5,000 legal volunteers in prior election seasons, is working 7...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Virginia’s Online Voter Registration System Crashes on Eve of Deadline, a Repeat of 2016
Virginia’s online voter registration system crashed on Tuesday morning just before the final registration deadline for the November 2020 general election. Kristen Clarke , president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement: “Election...
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