Court Declines to Protect Speech in Westchester County

July 08, 2016

On June 27th, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that public statements by Robert Astorino, the County Executive of Westchester County, New York, were not protected by the First Amendment.  Astorino’s statements were about what he and others across the

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Interview on Friedrichs and the Future of Teacher’s Rights

July 07, 2016

CIR Attorney Brian Miller spoke with on why Friedrichs was such an important case and what the future holds:

“There are several cases that raise some of the same constitutional claims, along with other more factually complex claims involving state law or the 14th Amendment,” said Miller. “Most are

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In Memoriam: Gerald Walpin 1931-2016

June 29, 2016

The Center for Individual Rights is deeply saddened by the tragic death last Friday, June 24, of our longstanding Board member Gerald Walpin.  We extend our condolences to Jerry’s wife, Sheila, his three children, six grandchildren and extended family.

Jerry spent more than forty years at the New York firm of

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After Friedrichs, Teachers Remain at Mercy of their Union

June 29, 2016

CIR Attorney Brian Miller points to the plight of a teacher in Chicago as an example of the First Amendment violations that will continue now that the Supreme Court has failed to resolve Friedrichs: The teacher plaintiffs in Friedrichs contend that mandatory union dues violate their First Amendment rights. That claim

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Supreme Court Denies Friedrichs Petition for Rehearing

June 28, 2016

On June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition from nine California public school teachers to rehear their First Amendment challenge to mandatory union fees. The plaintiffs petitioned the Court to rehear their case after a 4-4 decision was issued in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death. When the

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Supreme Court Upholds Unconstitutional Racial Preferences

June 24, 2016

In what many Supreme Court experts consider a surprise opinion, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the system of racial preferences used for admission at the University of Texas, Austin. In a confusing holding that significantly departs from his original holding in Fisher I, Justice Kennedy authored an opinion that

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CIR President Terry Pell in USA Today

June 23, 2016

CIR President Terry Pell wrote about this week’s decision in Fisher v. Texas for USA Today’s Opposing Views:

“Today the Supreme Court gave a new license to colleges and universities to engineer the racial mix of students. Backing away from the court’s decision three years ago to strictly scrutinize

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CIR Defends Speech Against Climate Crusade

June 03, 2016

CIR is assisting the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in its fight against the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands and his effort to issue a subpoena on CEI demanding that it produce a decade’s worth of communications, statements, and documents related to CEI’s work on climate change from 1997-2007. After several rounds of

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Why the Supreme Court Needs to Resolve Friedrichs

May 27, 2016

Events in Chicago once again highlight the need for the Supreme Court to resolve the questions at issue in Friedrichs v. CTA. While the Supreme Court considers CIR’s Petition for Rehearing, experience is proving that Friedrichs represents ongoing problems for teachers across the country. These issues refuse to go away

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HUD Tries to Silence County

May 10, 2016

CIR has filed an amicus brief in support of Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and his ongoing effort to fend off an overreaching federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD is attempting to silence Astorino’s opposition to its agenda of dismantling local zoning ordinances in Westchester County, a northern suburb of New York

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