CIR in the news on Supreme Court firefighters decision

June 30, 2009

In  Ricci v. DeStefano, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that employers may not jettison the results of an otherwise fair promotion test solely because minority applicants score lower than non-minority applicants.  The decision was a victory for New Haven firefighters, who challenged that city’s decision to throw out the results of a civil service

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CIR’s Rosman to speak at ACS convention

June 19, 2009

CIR General Counsel Michael Rosman will speak at the American Constitution Society’s 2009 National Convention on June 19, 2009 in Washington, DC.  He will appear on a panel, “Race and the Law in the Wake of the 2008 Election” at 11:15 am.  More information can be found at the ACS

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CIR files Supreme Court brief in New Haven firefighters case

February 26, 2009

CIR filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court in a case brought by New Haven firefighters challenging a decision by city officials to jettison a hiring test due to political pressure from individuals and organizations advocating greater hiring of minority firefighters. CIR previously filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court and the Second

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Michigan civil rights initiative legal fight moves forward

December 11, 2008

U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson denied the ACLU’s motion (made on behalf of the “Cantrell Plaintiffs”) to amend or modify his March 2008 ruling upholding the right of Michigan citizens to amend the Michigan constitution to forbid the use of race in most state programs. The ACLU argued that

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Nebraska votes to end racial preferences

November 04, 2008

Voters in Nebraska voted by a wide margin to end preferential treatment based on skin color or gender in public education, contracting and employment. Initiative 424 passed 58% to 42%. A similar measure in Colorado narrowly failed to pass, garnering 49% support.

The Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative is patterned after the

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CIR files appeals in landmark NYC employment case

October 20, 2008

CIR filed appeals in United States v. New York City Board of Education and several related cases. The cases have been called “notorious” by Sen. Kennedy. The trial judge termed them a “veritable tour de force of every aspect of affirmative action law in the employment arena….a legal juggernaut [for which]…many of

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Free speech case against housing officials proceeds

September 29, 2008

U.S. District Court Judge Stephen G. Larson denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss CIR’s claim for injunctive relief against California housing officials who used a lengthy housing discrimination investigation to silence CIR client Julie Waltz in her efforts to protest the placement of former sex offenders in adult living facilities

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CIR fights for fair child protection

September 15, 2008

CIR General Counsel Michael Rosman travelled to Idaho to urge a panel of Ninth Circuit judges to hold state officials liable in their personal capacities for the arbitrary seizure of minor children from perfectly competent parents.

CIR is representing Idaho residents Eric and Corissa Mueller who had their five-week-old daughter removed

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By no means

April 07, 2008

The National Association of Scholars website has posted an article authored by CIR president Terence Pell about recent CIR efforts to force three Michigan universities to disclose data showing the harmful effects of racial preference on the academic performance of minority students. Preliminary data (summarized in declarations made by expert witness Richard

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Judge Lawson upholds Michigan Prop. 2

March 18, 2008

U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson ruled that Michigan’s Prop. 2 does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Lawson’s decision was a victory for CIR client Eric Russell who intervened in a legal challenge brought by a Michigan advocacy organization called “BAMN.” BAMN, later joined by the ACLU and the NAACP Legal

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