CIR Files Brief in Defense of Small Business Owner

November 04, 2015

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 business

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CIR Defends Police Union Against Government Electioneering

November 03, 2015

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 brief

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Motion For Summary Judgment Filed in Voting Rights Case

November 02, 2015

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 appealed

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Supreme Court Reporters Say Friedrichs a Top Case to Watch This Term

October 20, 2015

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 other

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Twenty-Five Amicus Briefs Urge Supreme Court to Side With Friedrichs

September 23, 2015

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 Senate

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Jeremy Rabkin: Protecting Wikipedia contributors means protecting the modern Internet

July 22, 2014

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 quash

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Victory in Schuette

March 22, 2014

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 and

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First Amendment case sparks unlikely alliances

March 20, 2007

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, and

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