CIR Files Suit Challenging Racial Set-Aside Law

The Center for Individual Rights has filed suit challenging a racial set-aside program for federal government contracts.  Section 8(a) allows the Small Business Administration to set aside contracts for companies owned by “socially and economically disadvantaged” individuals.  The SBA presumes that companies owned by members of certain racial and ethnic groups qualify as “socially disadvantaged.”

CIR represents Ultima Services, Corp., a company owned by business woman and entrepreneur, Celeste Bennett.  Ultima ...

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February 25, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR files challenge to California Gag Rule

The Center for Individual Rights and the California Policy Center have filed suit challenging a California law that prohibits public officials from making statements that might “deter or discourage” public employees or applicants from membership in a public employee union.

Section 3550 unconstitutionally censors viewpoints that are critical of public employee unions on the basis of a vague and inherently shifting standard that makes it impossible to know ahead ...

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February 06, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR to Oppose Guam’s Petition

CIR and Dave Davis’ lead counsel at Gibson Dunn are preparing to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to Guam’s petition for certiorari.  Guam filed its petition at the end of December, appealing the Ninth Circuit’s decision to invalidate its racially restrictive voting law as unconstitutional.

On January 21, the Supreme Court requested an opposition brief.  CIR’s brief is due March 23.

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December 06, 2019 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Newest Issue of CIR’s Docket Report

2019 has been a busy year for CIR.  Whether defending free speech in a welfare office in New York or challenging a racial voting law in Guam, CIR has been fighting for individual rights wherever the Constitution reaches.

You can read about CIR’s work in our most recent Docket Report.

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July 11, 2019 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Files for Summary Judgment in Free Speech Case

On July 11, CIR filed a motion for partial summary judgment on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi.  After months of discovery, including depositions of numerous New York officials and review of thousands of documents, the record demonstrates that Davi was engaged in a private, after-hours discussion on Facebook in which he never mentioned his job and which concerned a significant issue of public policy: the appropriate goal ...

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December 06, 2019 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR’s Thirtieth Anniversary

In 1989, Michael Greve and Michael McDonald founded the Center for Individual Rights, a new kind of public interest firm that would fight back against the liberal drift in constitutional law.  CIR would bring original cases that took dead aim at threats to individual liberty.  It was a big gamble, but it paid off in big ways.  For three decades, CIR has been bringing cases that no one would touch ...

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December 18, 2019 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Background: CIR’s Victory in Guam

Guam is an American territory in the western Pacific Ocean. The small island was ceded to the U.S. in 1898, at the close of the Spanish-American War. Since that time, it has become a home to nearly 170,000 people of various ethnic and national back-grounds.

In recent years, left-wing historians have tried to build a narrative that would tarnish America’s reputation in Guam. The story goes that in the seventeenth century, ...

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