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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U.S. v. New York City Board of Education

Since 2000, the Center for Individual Rights has represented a group of New York City schools custodial engineers in a landmark challenge to efforts by the federal government to retroactively redistribute employment seniority on the basis of race and gender.

Status: Class settlement pending

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Ultima Services Corporation v. U.S. Department of Agriculture et al.


IR is representing Ultima Services Corporation, a company that can no longer compete for contracts that make up the core of its business because its owner, Celeste Bennett, is the wrong race.

For more than fifteen years, Ultima has contracted with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a subdivision of the

Status: Pending

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