Washington, DC March 5, 2020 – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed suit on behalf of Ultima Services Corporation (Ultima), challenging the constitutionality of a federal rule that sets aside government contracts for “disadvantaged” companies, and presumes that companies owned by members of certain racial and ethnic groupsRead More → Posted in Press Releases
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 ethnicRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 ofRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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.
OnRead More → Posted in Case Updates
On December 26, Guam filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court. The appeal was filed by the law firm, Kirkland and Ellis, which offered its services pro-bono.
Guam is appealing the recent Ninth Circuit decision that invalidated its political-status plebiscite law under the Fifteenth Amendment’s prohibition onRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 haveRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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.Read More → Posted in Case Updates
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,Read More → Posted in Case Updates
In a surprising turn of events, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has granted Guam an extension to appeal the Ninth Circuit decision, invalidating Guam’s plebiscite law as racially discriminatory. Guam’s attorney Michael Phillips will now have until December 26 to file a petition.
On November 6, Guam’s governor, Lou Leon Guerrero,Read More → Posted in Case Updates
The Supreme Court has denied Guam’s request for an extension of time to appeal a recent Ninth Circuit decision, invalidating Guam’s racially restrictive plebiscite law. The law would have restricted the right to vote in a political status plebiscite to “Native Inhabitants of Guam”—a term that the Ninth Circuit recognizedRead More → Posted in Case Updates