Ng v. New York City Dept. of Education

CIR challenges race-exclusive program

On November 19, 2007, the Center for Individual Rights filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging the New York City Department of Education ’s policy of excluding Asian American and white students from a test preparation

Status: Victory: case settled on favorable terms

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Operation King’s Dream v. Ward Connerly

The Center for Individual Rights represented the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) against a last-minute effort by opponents to keep it off the November 2006 ballot by challenging its legality under the federal Voting Rights Act.

Status: Victory

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Rau and Katapadi v. NYC Dept. of Ed.

CIR successfully challenges magnet school quota


On January 14, 2008, the Center for Individual Rights filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the use of separate, lower admissions standards for white students at prestigious Mark Twain Intermediate School,

Status: Victory. City agreed to eliminate racial quota.

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Russell v. Brandon

CIR asks state court to order schools to follow Prop. 2

The Center for Individual Rights has filed a classaction lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Washtenaw County, MI, on behalf of Eric Russell and all other similarly situated individuals applying to Michigan state schools this year.

In papers filed January 4,

Status: Case withdrawn when state schools agreed to implement new amendment.

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Schuette v. BAMN

The Center for Individual Rights is representing Eric Russell in his defense of the constitutionality of an amendment sponsored by Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz to ban the use of racial preferences in state programs.

Status: Victory

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Smith v. University of Washington

CIR's 2002 lawsuit challenging racial preferences at the University of Washington on behalf of several law school applicants including Katuria Smith. Smith grew up in poverty, with an alcoholic father and step-father, and struggled through high school. In spite of this, she was able to pull her life together and

Status: Loss

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Smith v. Virginia Commonwealth University

CIR successfully challenged a race-exclusive summer journalism workshop.

Status: Victory. Case settled on favorable terms

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Swanigan v. University of Connecticut

CIR is representing Pamela Swanigan, a graduate student in English at UConn. The suit alleges that Swanigan was not allowed to compete for a highly prestigious, merit-based scholarship despite being the top applicant the year she applied. Instead, Swanigan was routed into an academically less prestigious Multicultural Scholars Award, which

Status: Case settled on favorable terms

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Tompkins v. Alabama State University

Challenged court mandated “whites only” scholarship at traditionally black university.

Status: Partial Victory. District court judge modified scholarship to include applicants of any race.

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Turner v. Browner

Challenged agency-wide affirmative action plan maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Status: Victory. Case settled prior to trial.

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