Like many government agencies, the Small Business Administration utilizes a system of racial preferences in the awarding of government contracts (called the “Section 8(a)” program). Unfortunately, when Congress created the Section 8(a) program, it failed to provide guidance to agencies on the basic question of what sort of small businessRead More → Posted in Case Updates, Uncategorized
It seems commonsense to say that the government should not spend public funds to support one particular candidate or cause in a public election, yet that is exactly what the government of Montgomery County, Maryland has done. In an ongoing case against the county, CIR has filed an amicus briefRead More → Posted in Case Updates
CIR plaintiff Arnold Davis is back in the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam to continue his challenge to Guam’s race-exclusive plebiscite. In 2013, this same District Court dismissed Davis’ lawsuit by saying he had no standing to sue the government of Guam. However, with CIR’s help, Davis appealedRead More → Posted in Case Updates
With a docket full of many cases that have the potential to change our nation’s history, multiple Supreme Court reporters have singled out CIR’s case of Friedrichs v. CTA as one of the top cases to watch. Even in a year filled with cases regarding religious freedom, privacy, voting rights, and many otherRead More → Posted in Case Updates
Twenty-five parties have filed amicus briefs at the Supreme Court in support of CIR’s case in Friedrichs v. CTA. The amicus briefs represent a broad and bipartisan coalition of individuals and organizations who agree that compulsory union dues are harmful to teachers, parents, and children.
The amici include former California SenateRead More → Posted in Case Updates, Friedrichs
A ruling last month by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is a major victory for the openness of today’s Internet. It’s a particular victory for the process that sustains Wikipedia. The case is John Doe No. 1 v. Susan L. Burke.
The ruling concerned a pre-trial motion to quashRead More → Posted in News
In 2006, Michigan voters successfully passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that amended the Michigan state constitution and ended the state government’s use of racial preferences in employment decisions and in higher education admission systems. Even though the initiative was passed by an overwhelming majority, a group of activists andRead More → Posted in Case Updates, Uncategorized
By Anthony Romero and Terry Pell
The First Amendment has a way of inspiring unexpected alliances. A case the Supreme Court began considering Monday, Morse v. Frederick, is providing just that inspiration.
The case is one of the first substantial challenges to student free speech rights in more than 20 years, andRead More → Posted in Case Updates, Uncategorized