Affordable Housing Development Corp. v. Fresno

CIR won an important free speech victory in 2006 in its defense of California resident Travis Compton. Compton had been accused of federal housing discrimination by a low-income housing developer angry over Compton’s public comments critical of the developer’s plans to seek tax exempt bond funding for his project. The

Status: Victory. Defendant Compton's motion for Summary Judgment granted on August 31, 2000.

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Aguilar v. Avis Rent-A-Car

Filed amicus brief contesting court-ordered injunction prohibiting “offensive” epithets in the workplace as unlawful prior restraint of constitutionally protected speech.

Status: Loss

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BAMN v. Brown

CIR filed an amicus brief in a 2012 case challenging California's Prop. 209 on the grounds that a state constitutional amendment barring the use of racial preferences was itself illegal racial discrimination.

Status: Victory.

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Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc.

CIR filed an amicus brief in Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc. challenging requirement that lawyers appointed to represent the plaintiff class had to have a gender and racial makeup that “fairly reflects” that of the class members.

Status: Loss

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Boulahanis v. Board of Regents, Illinois State University

Appealed appellate court decision upholding elimination of Illinois State men's athletic teams to achieve identical rates of participation and spending on men's and women's teams, regardless of interest levels.

Status: Loss. Petition for Writ of Certiorari denied on June 29, 2000.

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Boys Town v. SCSD

CIR victory helps DC community activists fight effort to silence them. One of the bedrock principles of democratic self-rule is that citizens have a constitutional right to speak out about matters of public concern -- particularly to their elected representatives and governmental bodies...

Status: Victory

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Burgess v. Cahall

Successfully defended a company official against charges of sexual harassment. Challenging 1994 Violence Against Women Act as unconstitutional.

Status: Victory. After CIR's victory in U.S. v. Morrision, complaint dismissed on July 18, 2000.

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Burke v. Doe

CIR is representing an anonymous Wikipedia editor in a precedent-seeting case designed to establish the First Amendment right of anonymous internet authors to remain anonymous.

Status: Victory

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Caetano v. Massachusetts

On behalf of the group Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment (AWARE), a non-profit dedicated to training women in self-defense, CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in Commonwealth v. Caetano.

Status: Victory. Supreme Court vacated and remanded case, which was dismissed.

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Camreta v. Greene

Amicus brief filed supporting the mother of a child who was seized at school without parental consent in a suit against a social worker and county sheriff.

Status: Vacated and remanded. The case was moot because the child was nearly 18 and had moved, and the appropriate disposition was to vacate the part of the court of appeals' opinion that addressed the Fourth Amendment issue.

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