CIR Announces 2021 Walpin Fellowship

CIR is now accepting applications for the 2021 summer Walpin Fellowship program, named after Gerald Walpin, a longtime friend and member of the Board of the Center for Individual Rights. The Walpin fellowship is intended to support law students interested in conservative public interest litigation and offers a $5,000 stipend.  The deadline for applications is March 15.

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December 17, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Professor Punished for Research

The Center for Individual Rights has filed suit against the University of Pittsburgh and several affiliated organizations for disciplining Dr. Norman Wang in response to a study that he published on the development of affirmative action over the last fifty years.  The publicly-funded university has violated long established First Amendment principles of academic freedom that are meant to ensure that universities are places of free inquiry and not narrow ideological ...

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November 20, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Separated by Race

CIR has filed suit against the State of Oregon for establishing a coronavirus relief fund that is limited to black Oregonians.  Setting aside government money for a race-exclusive fund violates the Fourteenth Amendment and federal anti-discrimination law.

In July, The Contingent, an Oregon nonprofit that primarily serves black Oregonians, and the Black United Fund requested $62 million from the state to establish The Oregon Cares Fund.  The Oregon Cares Fund would ...

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October 15, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Won’t Back Down

On October 15, CIR filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit in Barke v. Banks, which challenges Section 3550 — a gag law that prohibits statements from public employers that “deter or discourage” union membership.  CIR is appealing the district court’s decision to dismiss the suit for lack of standing.

The district court maintains that school boards, city councils, and other local elected bodies are mere agents of the state government, ...

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July 31, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Well-Worn Playbook

In February, CIR filed a lawsuit against the SBA and USDA on behalf of Ultima Services Corporation challenging a federal program that sets aside government contracts for minority-owned businesses, called the Section 8(a) program.  Since then,  the agencies have turned to their well-worn playbook to try to have the case dismissed before the district court can reach the merits.

The USDA and SBA have moved to dismiss the case on the ...

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May 05, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Dave Davis Wins the Day

The Supreme Court has denied Guam’s petition for certiorari, in Davis v. Guam, bringing a successful close to CIR’s nine-year fight to overturn the territory’s racially restrictive plebiscite law.  With this order, CIR’s recent Ninth Circuit victory will stand in its entirety, and Guam will not be allowed to conduct a vote that discriminates on the basis of race.

In July, lead counsel Gibson Dunn’s Luke Townsend won a major victory ...

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June 09, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

I’ve got news for you…

CIR is starting off the decade with two major new cases!  In California, CIR is fighting a gag-law that prohibits public employers from criticizing unions.  At the federal level, CIR is challenging a race-based set-aside law for government contracts.

You can read all about CIR’s latest work in the newest issue of the Docket Report.

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