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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Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Vernon Jordan Was a Champion for Civil Rights and Justice for All
Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader and former president of the National Urban League passed away Monday evening. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt , acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law : “Vernon Jordan was a giant in the civil...
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Passage of the Equality Act in the House of Representatives Brings the Nation One Step Closer to Rooting Out Systemic Discrimination
The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, H.R.5, today, landmark legislation that would explicitly clarify LGBTQ+ people are covered under federal civil rights laws and strengthen public accommodation laws. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joins Lawsuit on Behalf of Black Man in Violent Attack by White West Va. Officers
Two white police officers pulled a Black West Virginian man from his home and beat him for half a minute causing serious and permanent injuries in the early morning of New Year’s Day 2019, according to a lawsuit the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law joined last Friday. In joining the...
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Education and Civil Rights Groups Send Letter to Biden Education Transition Team, Urging Them to Protect English Learners by Postponing Proficiency Testing
To ensure that students who are learning the English language are not forced into schools for the sole purpose of testing their proficiency, and that parents be provided an option in their native language, and to withdraw from testing if they do not feel safe sending their children to school, the...
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Thursday, January 07, 2021
National Lawyers’ Committee Board Co-Chairs Scheindlin, Sager and West on Kristen Clarke’s Nomination as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
President-elect Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Kristen Clarke (bio), the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for C ivil Rights Under Law to be the nation’s nineteenth Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of...
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Monday, January 04, 2021
Lawsuit Filed to Hold Proud Boys Accountable for Racist Attack on Historic Black Church in D.C.
Members of the Proud Boys, a violent all-male group with ties to white nationalism, attacked and vandalized property of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic Black church, on December 12, 2020, because of its congregants’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A...
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Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Attorney General Barr Acknowledges Reality, Says Justice Dept. Has Not Seen Evidence of Fraud in 2020 Election
In an interview on Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department did not uncover so-called voting fraud at a scale that could have changed the outcome of the presidential election result. Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Abusing Executive Power Again, Trump Pardons Close Friend Michael Flynn After He Twice Pleaded Guilty
President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about Russian connections in 2017. The Department of Justice sought to withdraw charges against Flynn earlier this year, but the move has been blocked by a federal court...
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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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