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.

Releases by this organization

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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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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Opposes Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett Based on Record on Race and Civil Rights
Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released its report evaluating the full civil rights record of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The report provides an examination of her record on civil rights matters, including workers’ rights, criminal justice, voting rights,...
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Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Texas Governor’s Order on Ballot Drop Boxes Is Glaring Voter Suppression
Governor Greg Abbott’s order to restrict each county in Texas to one secure ballot drop box is unconstitutional and a direct act of voter suppression, a lawsuit filed today against Abbott and Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs argues. The lawsuit challenges the Oct. 1 order to permit only one...
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Trump Refusal to Disavow White Supremacy Presents Threat to Black Lives
President Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacy during last night’s first televised presidential debate in Ohio. Moreover, he told the followers of the extremist group Proud Boys that they should “stand back and stand by.” Kristen Clarke , president and executive director of the Lawyers’...
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Federal Court Protects Indiana Voters’ Ability to Extend Polling-Place Hours in November
A federal court yesterday granted voters' request in a case, Common Cause Indiana v. Lawson, to block an Indiana state law that strips voters of their right to petition state courts to extend polling-place hours. “The federal court’s decision safeguards Indiana voters’ fundamental right to vote at...
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Experts Available to Speak on Grand Jury’s Decision to Indict One Officer in Breonna Taylor Case
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the long-awaited findings of the grand jury this afternoon in the Breonna Taylor home invasion case. Former officer Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, meaning Officer Hankison wantonly engaged in...
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Thursday, September 03, 2020
Trump’s Encouragement of Voting Twice is Illegal, Intended to Create Election Chaos
President Donald Trump visited North Carolina on Wednesday and encouraged a group of his supporters to cast their ballot twice —one time by mail and one time in person. Trump’s comments come as he continues to attack the sanctity of our elections and vote-by-mail, which has been proven to be safe...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Calls for U.S. Department of Justice Hate Crime Investigation
Kenosha, Wisconsin residents have been on edge for more than three days after Jacob Blake, a Black resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was shot in the back while in front of his children on Sunday, by a white police officer. Overnight, protests prompted by Blake’s shooting were interrupted by fatal...
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Saturday, August 22, 2020
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Slams Controversial Tennessee Anti-Protester Law
On Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 8005 , a bill that imposes a series of criminal penalties and mandatory minimum sentences on those engaged in certain demonstration and protest activity. Under the law, Tennessee protesters face felony conviction and harsher penalties, including...
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Friday, August 21, 2020
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Denounces Trump’s Plan to Station Law Enforcement at Polling Locations
On August 20, President Trump announced that he will be stationing federal troops at polling sites in November. With an unprecedented number of Americans expected to vote in the upcoming election, and polling places limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure free and fair elections that...
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