Oregon Cares Challenge Moves Forward

July 13, 2021

Our case on behalf of Maria Garcia — owner of a Mexican specialty coffee shop in downtown Portland — is moving forward again.

The facts are not in dispute — Oregon proudly admits it limited benefits solely on the basis of race.  The state has made broad claims about the difficulties

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Defendants Move to Dismiss

May 15, 2021

Our case on behalf of Pitt Medical Professor Norman Wang provoked a strong reaction from the ten-plus defendants named in our complaint alleging that University of Pittsburgh officials and others illegally retaliated against Dr. Wang and defamed him for a peer-reviewed journal article on the overuse of racial preferences in

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CIR Announces 2021 Walpin Fellowship

February 08, 2021

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. 

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California Public Officials File Suit Against California Gag Law

February 24, 2020

Washington, DC and Irvine, CA –The California Policy Center and the Center for Individual Rights today filed suit on behalf of seven California elected officials challenging a California law that prohibits public employers, including many elected school board and city council members, from statements that “deter or discourage” public employees

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Former CIR Plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs Talks About Case at White House

December 19, 2019

On Monday December 9, 2019, former Center for Individual Rights plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs visited the White House for a roundtable discussion on school choice with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

During her remarks to the President, Friedrichs talked about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association,

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Victory: Ninth Circuit rejects race-exclusive vote in Guam

July 30, 2019

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that a planned plebiscite by Guam cannot go forward so long as it limits voting to “native inhabitants” of Guam.  The panel ruled that such an “impermissible racial classification” violates the Fifteenth Amendment of the

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Wanted: Director of Litigation

July 22, 2019

CIR is seeking an experienced and proactive Director of Litigation to oversee new case development.  This person will develop litigation strategy in service of CIR’s mission, identify specific opportunities for litigation, and engage potential plaintiffs.  The Director of Litigation will report directly to the President and will work closely

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CIR Files for Summary Judgment in Free Speech Case

July 11, 2019

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

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CIR Defends Homeowner Fined for Telling the Truth

May 16, 2019

[Update: Petition Denied 10-7-19]

On May 16, 2019 CIR filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the US Supreme Court asking it to review a decision of the Iowa Supreme Court holding a landlord liable for housing discrimination for truthfully informing a tenant the reason for her lawful eviction. 

Teresa Seeberger

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New York Officials Silence Public Employees

January 09, 2019

The age of online shaming and political correctness isn’t going away. Many people have been “de-platformed” from social media sites, kicked off college campuses, and fired from their jobs for speech. Some of these victims of public shaming are public figures and professional provocateurs. But many are average everyday citizens

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