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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Monday, January 14, 2019
Barr Must Restore the Integrity of the DOJ & Reactivate Civil Rights Enforcement
Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement ahead of William Barr‘s Tuesday Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General. “During his earlier tenure at the Justice Department,...
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Monday, January 07, 2019
Opening Statements Begin Today in Federal Trial Challenging Trump Administration’s 2020 Census Citizenship Question
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Public Counsel, along with law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips will make opening statements today in a federal trial regarding a lawsuit that challenges the late addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census by the United States...
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Friday, January 04, 2019
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement Following Supreme Court’s Decision to Rehear Gerrymandering Cases
Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statemen regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rehear two gerrymandering cases, Rucho, et al. v. Common Cause and Lamone, et al. v. Benisek, et al. “We are pleased...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns School Safety Commission Recommendation to Rescind School Discipline Guidance
Today, the Federal Commission on School Safety released a 177-page report recommending, among other things, that the Department of Education rescind Obama-era guidance designed to ensure safe and healthy school climates for all students. The Commission, which is chaired by Secretary DeVos and...
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Monday, December 17, 2018
Leading Civil Rights Group Calls for Congressional Action Against Russian Efforts to Exploit African American Vote
Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement in response to the release of new Senate-commissioned reports showing Russia specifically targeted African Americans on social media during the 2016...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
National Civil Rights Group Responds to New Evidence of Thomas Farr's Central Role in Voter Suppression Schemes in North Carolina
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement on the nomination of District Court nominee Thomas Farr. The statement followed new revelations yielded from a 1991 memorandum from the U.S. Justice Department regarding Farr's role in schemes targeting African...
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Monday, November 26, 2018
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Emergency Lawsuit Against Mississippi Election Officials to Ensure Access for Absentee Voters in Runoff Election
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit concerning Mississippi’s onerous and costly absentee voting procedures. The lawsuit seeks emergency relief for absentee voters seeking to participate in the November 27th runoff election and was filed in federal court in the Southern...
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Friday, November 16, 2018
The Trump Administration’s Changes to Title IX Hurt Survivors of Color
Today, the U.S. Department of Education took steps that could discourage students from reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and limit a thorough investigation of those complaints when they do. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announced today promotes a policy that...
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County
Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, partnering with the Coalition for Good Governance , secured an important win for voters in Gwinnett County. On Sunday, November 11 th , the groups filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent officials in...
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Friday, November 09, 2018
National Civil Rights Group Condemns Former AG Jeff Sessions's Memo Restricting Use of Consent Decrees
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued a statement in response to a November 7, 2018 memo signed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposing a range of burdensome and unnecessary restrictions intended to significantly limit the Justice Department's use of consent decrees: "...
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