Case Status: Case dismissed in wake of decision in Janus v. AFSCME

Yohn v. CTA: Meet the Lawyers

In Yohn v. CTA, the Center for Individual Rights is working in cooperation with Michael Carvin of Jones Day. Carvin was a founding board member of CIR and has worked closely with the Center on…

Case Status: Remanded and Dismissed

Frank v. Gaos

In Frank v. Gaos, the issue of cy pres awards, which give plaintiff’s money away to third party groups in class action litigation, came before the Supreme Court. CIR’s amicus brief urged the Supreme Court…

Case Status: Case dismissed in wake of decision in Janus v. AFSCME

Yohn v. CTA: Why Teachers?

CIR is representing eight California public school teachers who are compelled by law to pay agency fees to the California Teachers Association. Each of the teachers would not join or support a union if they…

Case Status: Dismissed in wake of favorable decision by Supreme Court of Massachusetts in another case

Martel v. Healey

CIR represented three clients who had moral and practical objections to using lethal violence in self-defense in their challenge to Massachusetts' stun gun ban...

Case Status: Case dismissed in wake of decision in Janus v. AFSCME

Yohn v. California Teachers Association

On February 6, The Center for Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of California and the California Teachers Association on behalf of eight California public school teachers and the Association of American Educators.

Case Status: Victory in District Court. Defendants are appealing.

Davi v. Hein

Since 2010, Davi has served as a Hearing Officer and an Administrative Law Judge in New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In this role, Davi hears the appeals of those who are…

Case Status: Victory

Desmond v. Harris: Meet Timothy Desmond

Timothy Desmond Tim Desmond is a retired high school science teacher who resides in Fresno, California.  He has had a lifelong interest in painting, which he has pursued in different ways since high school. Throughout…

Case Status: Victory

Desmond v. Harris et. al.

CIR represented Timothy Desmond, an artist, author, and retired school-teacher from Fresno, California, who was denied the right to display his painting in an art competition at a county fair because his depiction of the…

Case Status: Pending

Virgin Islands v. ExxonMobil

CIR filed an amicus brief arguing that the Competitive Enterprise Institute should receive attorney's fees after fighting off an illegal subpoena from the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands...

Case Status: Loss. Court refused to consider brief.

U.S. v. Westchester County

CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and his effort to fend off an overreaching federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...

Case Status: Victory

Serafine v. Branaman

CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Dr. Mary Louise Serafine who faced criminal charges under a Texas law that makes it illegal to call oneself a "psychologist" without being licensed in the state.

Case Status: Loss

Fisher v. University of Texas

CIR filed an amicus brief in a challenge to a University of Texas racial preference program, which gave African-American and Hispanic applicants a "plus" on their admission scores...

Case Status: Victory. Supreme Court vacated and remanded case, which was dismissed.

Caetano v. Massachusetts

On behalf of the group Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment (AWARE), a non-profit dedicated to training women in self-defense, CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in Commonwealth v.

Case Status: Loss

King v. Burwell; Halbig v. Burwell

CIR represented several members of Congress in an amicus effort designed to support two challenges to the Obama Administration's decision to set aside a provision of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that limits federal heath…

Case Status: Partial Win: The Supreme Court struck down the UM undergraduate admissions system but upheld the law school system.

Gratz & Grutter: Chronology

Timeline of Events June 2003Supreme Court Rules in CIR’s favorThe Supreme Court handed down its rulings in theGratz and Grutter cases. The Court ruled in CIR’s favor in Gratzand in UM’s favor in Grutter.Oral ArgumentsThe Supreme Court hears…

Case Status: Partial Win: The Supreme Court struck down the UM undergraduate admissions system but upheld the law school system.

Gratz & Grutter: Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the difference between the Gratz case and the Grutter case? Answer: Gratz v. Bollinger challenged the undergraduate admissions system at UM’s College of Literature, the Arts and Sciences (“LSA”); Grutter v. Bollinger challenged the…